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SIPLACE team honored with 2012 Factory of the Year/GEO Award
With the highly flexible lean production system for SIPLACE placement machines, the company was able to double its machine production and its revenues from 2008 to 2011 by coordinating its operations and applying a pull strategy.
MUNICH, Germany -
The SIPLACE team of ASM Assembly Systems has received the “Global Excellence in Operations Award” (GEO Award for short) for the continuous improvements made in its Munich Headquarters factory and in its global supply chain management processes. The GEO award is part of the highly respected “Factory of the Year” competition in Germany, in which companies are honored each year that set benchmarks in their respective industries by successfully implementing exemplary concepts in management, quality control and production. The panel was impressed by the highly flexible lean production system for SIPLACE placement machines, with which the company was able to double its machine production and its revenues from 2008 to 2011 with no increase in floor space by coordinating its operations and applying a pull strategy. Dr. Bernd Schmidt, vice president of A.T. Kearney and the person in charge of running the contest, called the acquisition of the German SIPLACE team by the Asian ASM Group a “perfect marriage”. “We are very excited about this great award,” said Joerg Cwojdzinski, head of SIPLACE supply chain management. “Our SIPLACE machine factory is a joint project where everyone acts in concert. The GEO award is another incentive to become even better.”
With its pull strategy, the SIPLACE production facility brings in not only the right amount of fresh material supplies, but awards as well. The Munich factory, which employs the latest lean manufacturing concepts, has just won the coveted GEO award in recognition of the many basic improvements which the SIPLACE team has made in its placement machine production. The basic machines are manufactured via a paced assembly system that requests the required materials automatically via a self-controlling pull system. The production of various components such as placement heads and component feeders uses a similar system that is based entirely on the highly flexible one-piece flow concept.
Double the sales on the same amount of floor space
The most visible success of this approach is the company’s doubling of its revenue and production numbers from 2008 to 2011 with no increase in floor space. Another special accomplishment: all these advances were made while the SIPLACE team was being bought by the Asian ASM Group. As Dr. Bernd Schmidt, vice president of A.T. Kearney and in charge of running the contest, noted during the awards ceremony: “This acquisition of a German technology leader by an Asian market leader turned out to be a highly successful, perfect marriage and may set a precedent for more to follow.”
New owner ASM Pacific Technologies is also counting on the strengths of its new subsidiary. The company wants to expand and modernize its production in Munich and in other plants, and wants to become the global leader in the electronics manufacturing field.
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