In Reply to: Computer manufacturing posted by Paul Minichillo on 06/17/00 at 10:33 PM:
I will give some information on your second question. What you should consider is usually called a process plow analysis. Make a flow chart of the assembly process, showing the steps that are pure assembly, inspection, test, etc., and show the physical moves as well. If you can get a floor plan, draw arrows or lines to follow the process. You are looking to reduce as much non-value added labor and time that you can, which includes long or frequent physical moves.
You didn't mention what your background or academic training are, but the work flow parts of Production or Manufacturing Engineering is taught in schools as part of an Industrial Engineering degree. A good place to start is to get a copy of Maynard's Industrial Engineering Handbook.
I personally would not do a technical evaluation of new components. I would limit my comments to how a new component would physically fit in our existing process flow, would I need any new tools or handling equipment, does it need any special handling, etc. I do not have an Electrical Eng. degree, and make it clear when I comment on new parts that I am looking only at the manufacturing problems a new component or system may cause or fix.