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vides us with complete control over all aspects of the PCB production for the more than 300 of our own prod- ucts,” says Kruksve. “From small batches to lot sizes of between 2,000 and 4,000 units, we produce based exactly on demand and with a level of speed and quality that we could never achieve in the past. The teach- ing and simulation processes for new product introductions are also im- pressive and accelerate the entire NPI process. And, the new setup and material supply concept has cut our setup changeover times from several hours to a few minutes.”

Significantly Faster Set Ups On the old production lines of

CTM Lyng, setup changeovers last- ing two to three hours were everyday occurrences — time that was long and unproductive. With the ASM Material Manager and a new family setup concept, set up times dropped to as low as one to five minutes, with 50 different products run on the line. “These are numbers that will deliver previously unthinkable benefits,” says Kruksve. Support is also provided by the

ASM Line Monitor, which pools all production-relevant material status information and displays it above the line and on all station computers. Order and line status data is now available at a glance. The software prioritizes all pending steps on the lines and alerts the line with plenty of lead time — if a new component reel is needed or the remaining units on the reel are sufficient to complete an order, for example. The installation of the ASM Ma-

terial Manager and the ASM Material Tower led to significant changes at CTM Lyng. “The introduction of work- flow solutions required our employees to change their way of thinking,” ex- plains Kruksve. “ASM helped us to ac-

complish this with professional train- ing that alleviated their initial reser- vations and demonstrated the advan- tages of automation and showed them

Microsafe mTouch One, a smart home control panel.

how to deal with it. Today we all ben- efit from having an accurate overview of what is where on the shop floor. And, the fact that the machines trig- ger material issues by themselves and notify the operators in advance of what needs to be picked up and where it needs to be installed is a huge im- provement for us.” To enable ASM’s service spe-

cialists to provide support for CTM Lyng’s operators and technicians at any time, the company also installed ASM’s Remote Smart Factory solu- tion that connects all ASM line com- ponents and systems in a remote service LAN that is separate from the company’s corporate network and even has its own internet link. When problems occur or set-

tings need to be improved, ASM serv- ice technicians can now access the machines directly and instantly. And, if manual actions are needed to troubleshoot or optimize a machine, the ASM specialist can be consulted by video link and give the local tech- nician step-by-step instructions. “They can access our machines

only if we request it, and all activities are logged in detail,” says Kruksve. “These links, which meet our strict security standards, have been very useful several times already, and are quick and efficient.” The new production line is cur-

rently reserved for the company’s brand name products and new prod- uct developments. Contract manu- facturing services are provided by the second line. “The impact of the new equipment and the material management system on productivity, flexibility and quality has exceeded our expectations,” says Kruksve. To further automate and improve its material management, CTM Lyng plans to invest in more material tow- ers. “To better implement our idea of a smart factory, we also want to bring the ASM solutions and our ERP system closer together,” con- cludes Kruksve. Contact: ASM Assembly Systems,

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