Cambridgeshire contract electronics manufacturer Prism Electronics has improved its production infrastructure in order to deliver greater responsiveness and an additional level of support to its customers.
Despite an uncertain economy Prism – based in St Ives near Cambridge – has made a significant investment in new product introduction (NPI) software from Aegis. The new software tool streamlines data management to allow more time for analysis of new product requirements. This helps to identify potential problems and beneficial improvements early, reducing time to market and cutting costs for customers.
The new software allows engineers to import PCB design information from a wide variety of CAD systems and translate it to the format required for Prism’s production process. This helps to swiftly move products from the R&D stage to production. It also assists in the smooth changeover of materials between jobs, increasing productivity and on-time delivery.
In addition, Prism has improved its factory-wide tracking and job management, enabling it to provide responsive and reliable support throughout the development process. Quality control is also enhanced as engineers are now able to input visual as well as text data, allowing quick mapping and the early detection of potential defects. These can be traced back to the initial designs and therefore give customers opportunities for continual product improvement.
Prism business development director David Dickin said: “At Prism we are continuing to invest in the tools and technology that allow us to deliver a premium service in spite of the poor economy. Our customers can be confident that they are dealing with a manufacturing partner that is always striving to add value.
“In-depth production engineering evaluation at the NPI stage reduces the risk of design, specification or procurement errors. Spotting these early means that Prism can save the customer both time and money.