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Subject: Computer manufacturing

Date: 06/17/00 at 10:33 PM
Posted by: Paul Minichillo
E-mail: paulmin@obongo.com
Message Posted:

This board seems like it may be very interesting.
I am fairly new to the Engineering field. They call me a Production Engineer at our company and I am learning as I go. My deoartment is basicly Evaluations, Audits, and troubleshooting. But I am also involved in the production line from a technical standpoint. I will have many many questions about all this so it is very nice to find the board. First let me start by asking 1 or 2 questions.
1) One of my responsibilities is to Evaluate all new components that we may use in our systems, either pass or fail them and ready the process for production. I am having a hard time getting a process for the Evaluations to be consistant between components. Scheduling these Evaluations and keeping good records on them. What I do now is use a form I have setup and try to keep it on trak. When the Evaluation is complete I do a write up in Excel so Purchasing can then read it and decide what to do. I need help makeing this more fool proof, and consistant.
2) The production line(s) are setup as an assembly area, conveyered to a software section, and then to boxing and shipping by wheeled carts. 3 assembly benches about 24' each 3 conveyers to 6 software benches where 4-5 workers do the loading process. Whenever there are problems, like a defective component pops up, it slows down the line. Our software people are very technical people so they can do repairs while working, I allow this, if the time to repair is under like 15 minuits. If it is going to run longer to do a repair the unit(s) is set to my department. From what I have written can someone see a better way? My manager doesn't want production to slow at all, and I can understand that. My department is small 2 of use most times, myself and another who is mainly doing audits.
thanks for any ideas to throw around. This may be fun.

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