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“High-Mix, Low-Volume” and “Small Batch” are NOT the Same Thing

In the EMS industry, the term high-mix, low-volume (HMLV) refers to CMs or OEMs who change over production between assemblies and processes much more often than their low-mix, high-volume (LMHV) counterparts. HMLV shops convert their lines to different assemblies rapidly (hours or minutes) and frequently (several shifts or days). Note that the opportunity for error rises as batch size decreases.

By contrast, LMHV production runs can last weeks or even months between change overs. It’s a different animal altogether.

RBB builds many hundreds of unique assemblies annually and most weeks introduces multiple new assemblies. We do this with an average batch size of fewer than 50 units. Now that’s small. It is rare that RBB runs a batch large enough to consume an entire shift of time, much less a few shifts!

When a Team Member Leaves and Comes Back

Culture is central at RBB. We strive to be different, and it is noticed by our team. Last year, we had a team member leave RBB. While this happens frequently in most companies, what’s unusual is that he fought to come back.

Brian Thomas joined the RBB team in 2010. In 2018, he had a job offer. Brian thought hard about this new offer, which included a nice pay raise and sign-on bonus, and ultimately decided to take it. But after only three months at the new job, he started to wonder if what he was promised was really worth the change. 

Why Choose Cycle Count Inventory Auditing Over an Annual Inventory Count?

Do you spend days tallying parts during an annual inventory count? Are you shutting down your shop floor for days just to get decent counts? If so, there's an alternative inventory management method that will eliminate the need to shut down production and also deliver better results.

This alternative method is known as cycle counting, and whether you’re a global manufacturer or a privately held company, you may stand to benefit from it. In fact, at RBB we've experienced numerous benefits since we've started to cycle count inventory. Most Importantly, cycle count allows RBB to provide more reliable scheduling and delivery to our clients.

4 Tips for Getting the Most Out of Your Outsourced PCB Assembly Manufacturer

To create a strong, rewarding experience with an outsourced PCB assembly manufacturer, we recommend following these 4 tips: 

4 Reasons Your Large Portfolio of Small Batches Drives Your CM to its Knees

You’re an OEM with a large annual demand and spending budget, check.

You get lots of attention from big Contract Manufacturers (CMs), check.

You have oodles of unique assemblies to manage, check.

Most of your products are best ordered in small batches, check.

You can’t get no satisfaction, check.

When to Give Functional Testing a Test Drive

                               

The development and building of a circuit board assembly can range from a very simple to a highly complex design.     

At RBB, all boards, regardless of complexity, undergo a full visual inspection of the components as well as a complete check of the step-by-step instructions on the build. We also offer our customers the option for more advanced functional testing.  

Who is RBB Systems? Watch our 2015 Quick Summary Video to Find Out

For over 40 years, RBB has existed to move heaven and earth to get our recurring small batch customers what they need, when they need it.

Behaviors That Lead to Success in Electronics Manufacturing, Part 3

In Part 1 and Part 2 of this series, we shared RBB’s cultural behaviors that lead to customer, business, and individual success. Every employee is obliged to act according to these standards.

Behaviors That Lead to Success in Electronics Manufacturing, Part 2

In Part 1 of this series, we shared the behaviors that we have found leads to customer, business, and individual success in an electronics manufacturing environment. As we mentioned before, every employee, regardless of position or length of service, has an obligation to act according to these standards. 

Behaviors That Lead to Success in Electronics Manufacturing, Part 1

Recently, RBB codified our company behaviors. Every employee, regardless of position or length of service, has an obligation to act according to these standards.

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