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March, 2020 Pa r t ner ing


The Chain of Innovation: Smart Made Simple


By Pete Joburns, Principle Engineer, Smart Made Simple B


ritish EMS provider Smart Made Simple (SMS) has been a fixture of the U.K.’s electronics


manufacturing scene for nearly 100 years. The company’s Nottingham fa- cility sits central to the home of U.K. innovation. SMS is within a 200-mile radius


of: the leading engineering universi- ties, where many technology patents are currently being developed; key industry associations, which enable the company to drive its “Knowledge Network;” and the main U.K. innova- tion hotspots, including Cambridge, London, Manchester, Nottingham, and Birmingham, which are central locations for a technological pioneer- ing spirit. SMS has been helping compa-


nies manufacture products for nearly a century. With this lengthy experi- ence and heritage, the company has gained a vast understanding of how to get a product to market in the sim- plest and smartest way. However, experience is not the


only factor. How the company manu- factured in the early days is not how it manufactures today. Meeting today’s market requires a well-edu- cated team, knowledgeable in the lat- est international standards, a skilled workforce who know how to apply


these rules, and the necessary equip- ment to meet these goals.


Technology and Equipment


As a result, the company’s NPI


team can check customers’ products against DFM and DFT guidelines, which can speed up the introduction of a prototype or accelerate a prod- uct’s journey to market. To keep pace with advancing


technologies, SMS is constantly chal- lenged to find solutions to new com- ponents, complex designs and mixed technology boards. To meet this need, the company has invested in state-of-the-art equipment, tailor made for prototype and small-batch production. The company has a Mycronic


MY600 jet printer. Traditional pro- duction must design a screen print stencil and plan for 70 to 80 percent paste release. Component size varia- tion may require step stencils and machine set up may show a stencil problem requiring a new stencil or some rework. SMS also uses a Mycronic


MY200SX for component placement. With placement, the biggest issue is that not all parts supplied will be


available in tape and reel. In many cases, loose parts are common for pro- totypes and volume placement ma- chines are not best-suited to this type of loose component manufacturing. For soldering, SMS uses an Ass-


con Quicky 450 vapor phase reflow system. This system can accommo- date all types of PCBs, from the very small to quite large, with no change to the reflow profile. Smart Made Simple sup-


ports customers’ products through supply chain opti- mization, including last-time buys and obsolescence issues. Planning and scheduling are complex, due to each cus- tomer’s product having differ- ent requirements. Setting a process flow


brand name, if it has a design, man- ufacturing or supply chain issue, SMS can help to solve it. Since 1920, SMS has manufac-


tured electronic products from the same location in Nottingham. The company offers agile and adaptive supply chain solutions that bring products to market quickly and sim- ply, without compromising quality and performance.


SMS is constantly challenged to find solutions for new


also depends heavily on prod- uct complexity. With simple issues like hand soldering or special functional tests, each product requires its own unique route through SMS’ manufacturing process.


SMS provides electronics manu-


facturing services from concept to creation, to commercialization and on to the customer for all technology companies. Whether the client is a startup or an established household


components, complex designs and mixed-technology boards. To meet these needs, it relies on a Mycronic MY600 jet printer and MY200SX placement system, as well as an Asscon Quicky 450 vapor phase reflow system.


The company specializes in low-


to medium-volume, high-mix, highly complex manufacturing services. It has earned critical industry facility certifications, which bring full viabil- ity and credibility to the aerospace and defense, communications, indus-


trial, and medical markets. Contact: SMS Electronics &


Product Services, SMS House, Technology Drive, Beeston, Nottingham NG9 1AD, UK % +44-0-115-943-1616 E-mail: hello@smartmadesimple.com r


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