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Building Resilience into High-Mix Electronics Manufacturing


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Academy, designed to provide a comprehen- sive training resource with over 150 modules and counting. The hub of information covers close to a dozen printing and placement plat- forms, software suites, and a range of topics from programming to placement head main- tenance and feeder set up. Webinars and instructor-led distance


learning are also available through ASM Academy. Enhanced by augmented reality (AR), the online class modules allow partici- pants to “see” 3D modeled simulations dur- ing training. Even before it was available, Brian


Sutton, Parker SMT process tech- nician, was intrigued by the unique approach of the ASM Academy. “Given our geographic location and various time con- straints, out-of-office training isn’t always feasible,” he says. “ASM Academy allows the com- pletion of modules on our timetable. We can repeat them if necessary and, in my opinion, managing the courses this way provides a more resonant learning experience. Personally, I’ve found ASM Academy training to be superior in many ways to class- room instruction.” Recognizing that training is


essential to manufacturing suc- cess, ASM extended ASM Academy to customers for free during the height of the pandem- ic. More than 4,000 customers in 27 countries took advantage. Sutton and many other members of Parker’s SMT team were among them, completing a com- bined 28 courses. “With new platforms on the


floor and COVID constraints chal- lenging traditional protocols, ASM Academy could not have come at a better time,” says Sutton. “It is invaluable for future training of new personnel and as reference for seasoned engineers. Honestly, a total novice could get up-to-speed pretty quickly with these in-depth courses.” Going forward, the com- pany plans to maintain a combina- tion of in-person and digital train- ing tools. ASM continues to enhance


the platform, adding content at a growth rate of nearly 10 percent per month. 3D virtual reality (VR) content will soon be available for additional courses, the number of supported languages, currently English, German, Chinese, and Spanish, continues to grow. Next to come is a three-dimensional equipment manual that allows users to explore entire machines. A complementary learning area and advanced learning feature that provide development plan- ning, reporting and knowledge management of customers’ teams is also available.


Reliable Results In addition to digital tools


The SIPLACE MultiStar head can switch instantly between three different modes.


that can be accessed at any time, a founda- tion of reliable, connected and scalable equip- ment is vital to the resilience of a business. These were major considerations in Parker’s decision to purchase ASM’s SIPLACE SX2 placement platforms. As a high-mix, mid-volume OEM that


produces more than 700 different types of sensors, production adaptability, the ability to add placement heads or other accessories when conditions demand, and a system ver- satile enough to accommodate multiple prod- uct builds were essential for Parker. The investment is paying off. The com-


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