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34 PCB007 MAGAZINE I SEPTEMBER 2021 For example, when we originally discussed the processes and equipment for the layup room, we envisioned a manual process where employees would select the material and put together the PCBs and books. is is a com- mon approach in the industry, particularly in the United States. Aer learning more about automation options, we decided to pursue a higher degree of automation in this area to im- prove quality by having material presented to employees to reduce the likelihood for errors. Similarly, we determined we can improve ergonomics for our employees by automating the book building process and eliminating the need for them to maneuver heavy steel plates multiple times throughout the day—not only resulting in a process that is safer but also more consistent in terms of quality. With our highly automated operation, we will have very little need for employees to move material throughout the processes and this will likely result in needing fewer employ- ees to manage the process. However, we are choosing this approach because of our focus on quality. Experience has shown us that han- dling damage by people is one of the top de- fects throughout the manufacturing process. By automating the material handling, we will significantly reduce the likelihood of this type of damage. In addition to our manufacturing priori- ties, the principles of world class manufactur- ing (WCM) are also an important focus for us and are influencing many of our decisions related to equipment selection and material flow. Construction crews working all hours to lay the pad for the new SEL board fabrication facility.

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