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Digital Transformation in Action

We’re entering an age where data and information will dictate how we run our businesses. For the companies that embrace this reality, the speed of data acquisition—and the ability to utilize this information to work smarter, better, and faster— will serve as a differentiator between one organization and its competitors.

Read the full Digi-Key white paper Breaking Down the Walls Between Procurement, Engineering, and Design: 5 challenges and how you can solve these problems using a digital platform.

Chapter 8 – Digital Transformation in Action

(excerpt from page 11)

Headquartered in Fremont, Ca., Sonic Manufacturing Technologies provides in-house board layout, prototyping, and New Product Introduction (NPI) through full production in as little as five to 10 days. That speed to market necessitates a digital procurement strategy that not only enables a streamlined supply chain, but also supports good internal communication and collaboration.

Every week, Sonic orders about 1 million parts to support its production line. “If we order them Monday, we have one- half-a-million parts on our dock by Wednesday,” says David Ginsberg, VP of supply chain. “Those are just not speeds that people can move at; this has to be done with automation.”

Rolling Out the Digital Supply Chain
Using Digi-Key’s APIs and cloud-based procurement platform, Sonic has been able to automate 50% of its purchasing activity without having to add staff. The staff that it does have can now focus on more important activities—mainly, selecting the best sources for the 60,000 line items that the company buys annually; coordinating with engineering and design departments; and maintaining high customer service levels.

In total, Sonic’s cost to place an order (i.e., total landed cost) was reduced from a previous $40 to a current $9. Not every company is going to achieve 60% savings, of course, but
the one that saves 20% to 30% (a more common target) on procurement costs of $400,000 a year can rack up significant savings right out of the gate (and over time).

Ginsberg sees real value in the company’s digital supply chain, noting that it’s much more efficient than its predecessor. “It’s a lot cheaper to move data around than to move physical assets around,” he says, “and much quicker to move information via automation, vs. making phone calls and sending emails.”

When Procurement and Engineering Align
In terms of intracompany collaboration, Ginsberg says the platform is helping Sonic break down some of the issues that have plagued purchasing departments for decades. “Operationally, if you’re on the team that’s getting product to customers and meeting their expectations,” Ginsberg explains, “and all while engineering is designing a difficult BOM filled with sole-source parts, there’s obviously going to be a problem in our here’s-your-product-the-next-day world.”

To solve these issues, Ginsberg says engineers and designers have to take supply chain issues (e.g., price, availability, lead time) into account before locking into a design and expecting it to be built within two weeks. “Generationally, anyone who has grown up in the past 20 years just knows next-day delivery,” Ginsberg points out. “They don’t even know what the word ‘lead time’ means.”

To help break through some of these traditional barriers and get procurement and engineering working from the same playbook, Ginsberg expects more companies to adopt digital supply chain mindsets. “It’s definitely catching on because the cost drivers are dictating that adoption,” says Ginsberg. “It’s simply impossible to compete effectively using a manual, human-centric supply chain anymore.”

But that doesn’t mean humans will be replaced by automation; quite the contrary, in fact. For Sonic, Ginsberg says the goal is to get to a point where 65% to 75% of processes are fully automated, with staff members solving problems, managing exceptions, and handling other intuitive tasks.

“The more you collapse your delivery lead times, the more exceptions you have,” he explains. Reducing a 12- week timeframe to 10 weeks, for example, translates into two weeks of sourcing, problem-solving, and exception management. Collapse that to four weeks, Ginsberg notes, and those human-centric tasks now span eight weeks.

“In the digital world, human expertise will be used to work together on sourcing, problem solving, exception management, and everything else that buyers really need to be focused on,” says Ginsberg, “not the repetitive ordering that a computer can do once we’ve already agreed on pricing and sourcing.”

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Advanced Electronic Manufacturing in the Bay Area

The Bay area is well known for advanced electronics manufacturing and for good reason. The area is home to industry leaders like Sonic Manufacturing and comprises around 10% of all jobs in the surrounding counties, boasting 340,000 manufacturing-related jobs (2018).
Sonic provides state of the art electronic contract manufacturing services for new and existing electronic products, including prototypes, printed circuit board assembly, custom cable assemblies, box builds, manual and automated inspections and rework, and more. Our consistently exacting standards deliver the very best in engineering and assembly services to every client.

Invest in Quality, Invest in the USA

One of the things that sets Sonic Manufacturing apart from our many competitors is that all our PCB and assembled products are constructed in the US. This means that when you have questions or need help with troubleshooting, you’ll get quick local assistance from our highly skilled engineering and manufacturing teams.
Practices in advanced electronic manufacturing have seen startling instances of outsourcing that create serious concerns about quality for Bay Area clients who are looking for the best in local contract manufacturing services.
When you work with Sonic, your products come straight out of Silicon Valley. Industry leaders like Sonic Manufacturing have shown that not only does advanced electronics manufacturing belong in Silicon Valley, the Valley sets the standard for other production areas.
Starting with Sonic, this has become a reality. Silicon Valley is the place other growing manufacturing centers look to in setting the standards for how advanced electronics should be built. Our local manufacturers’ worldwide influence has established Silicon Valley as a beacon of innovation and manufacturing inspiration.

From Prototypes to Market in Record Time, with Sonic

Product design, engineering and manufacturing firms can count on Sonic Manufacturing to facilitate the progression of new products from prototype to market at lightning speed. Production development speed can make all the difference in the competitive global market. Sonic Manufacturing has the engineering expertise and experience to get the job done for our customers in record time.
Not only can Sonic help you in bringing entirely new products to market, we can also provide exceptional engineering support for existing products. Our unparalleled engineering expertise and a workforce that is highly trained in supply chain management can give you the extra boost you need at a competitive price. Product and component availability is not an issue with Sonic’s base of established suppliers.

Sonic Is the Right Choice for Advanced Electronic Manufacturing

Not only does Sonic Manufacturing serve the Bay area, we also provide hands-on services and quick deliveries to Sacramento, Salt Lake City, and Silicon Valley. Serving these areas is a responsibility that we take seriously, which is made evident by the quality of our work and dedication to prompt and accurate communications.
We’re continually improving the practices in advanced electronics manufacturing in the Bay Area and provide high quality results to every customer that we serve.
Call Sonic Manufacturing today and see how we can help you manage the production of new or existing advanced electronic manufacturing. You’ll get first-in-class service, support and pricing.

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3 Medical Device Assembly Trends in 2019

Do you ever feel like technology is evolving at an ever-faster rate? That’s because it is. Whether it’s computers, cars, or smart homes, each technological advancement incorporates and builds upon what came before it and increases the pace of subsequent innovation.
This is equally true for medical device assembly. Whether you’re talking about smart-infusion systems or the Pinnacle TPN Management System, every new device requires corresponding advancements in design, prototyping, and manufacturing.
So, what’s on the horizon for 2019? What medical industry innovations will also be driving changes in assembly? We’ll go over the emerging trends below you need to know.

Medical Device Assembly Trends in 2019

Connectivity is the common factor across all these medical device assembly trends in 2019. This is the Medical Internet of Things (MIoT): the increasingly complex digital network connecting devices and sharing information throughout the healthcare industry.
The MIoT market – $41.22 billion in 2017 –  is projected to grow to $158 billion by 2022. This includes evolving roles for 3D printing and prototyping, wearables, and cybersecurity.

1. 3D Prototyping

There are significant benefits from 3D prototyping for medical devices including saving time and money by making changes as required without additional equipment setup. Plus, there’s the capability for customization based on patient anatomy.
At the same time, all these activities – including CNC machining, laser sintering (SLS), and stereolithography (SLA) ­– must conform to FDA guidelines. Once these concerns have been addressed, however, the use of robotics will streamline production processes even further.

2. Wearables

Medical-related wearables are moving far beyond activity trackers like Fitbit. These include inhalers that also monitor air quality as well as sensors worn on fingernails to track UV exposure.
These new devices must be safe and durable for out-patient settings. This means meeting FDA-standards, for example, regarding injection-molded plastic for electronic components and housing.

3. Cybersecurity

Increased digital connectivity requires a corresponding awareness of cybersecurity, especially given HIPPA privacy regulations when it comes to new medical device assembly trends in 2019. The FDA recommends the following protocols:

  • Device description: Documenting the purpose, use, and limitations of each device interface
  • Risk analysis: Identifying potential misuse due to interoperability or other factors resulting from a combination of different events
  • Verification and validation: Thoroughly applying and recording all device testing processes to ensure FDA compliance

Turning Ideas into Action

When implementing the medical device assembly trends in 2019, you may want to redesign and improve an existing product. Or perhaps you have an idea for a completely new piece of equipment. Either way, you must utilize the best provider for printed circuit board assembly (PCBA).
At Sonic Manufacturing, we have the equipment and knowledge to successfully realize your concepts. Whether you need double- or single-sided reflow processing or leaded and lead-free assembly, our experience combined with our modern, state-of-the-art 85K square-foot facility can produce what you need.
Sonic Manufacturing Technologies serves areas throughout California including Fremont, San Jose, and Silicon Valley. Contact us today to request a quote for your next project.

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