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Indium Corporation is a premier materials supplier to the global electronics, semiconductor, solar, thin film, and thermal management markets. Products include solders, preforms, and fluxes; sputtering targets; indium, gallium, and germanium metals and compounds and sourcing; and NanoFoil®.
Founded in 1934, Indium has global technical support and factories located in China, Singapore, South Korea, the United Kingdom, and the USA.
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Phil Zarrow: Ron, in your book, “The Adventures of Patty and the Professor,” you have a productivity example. Can you tell us a little bit about it?
Ron Lasky: Yes. There was a young engineer who had attended one of my workshops and his boss had asked him to get ready to install another assembly line. They had two assembly lines. And this young engineer rightly thought, “Well, I don’t think our productivity is that high. If we improved our productivity, we might not have to buy another assembly line.” So he invited me there to measure their uptime and see if they really did need another assembly line.
Phil Zarrow: Ron, we’ve discussed that performance of materials can affect productivity, and hence profitability. Can you give us an example?
Ron Lasky: Yeah. I was working with a certain customer that had a problem with their solder paste that we call poor response-to-pause. As you’re aware, probably several times a day, the assembly line has to be shut down to replenish components. And in that pause time, some solder pastes can stiffen up. And then we turn the line back on and you make a stencil print, that first print is bad. And you have to wipe that board and reprint it again. You lose probably about two minutes, maybe every two hours.
Phil Zarrow: And how can this affect the bottom line?
Phil Zarrow: Ron, you’ve been interested in productivity for quite a while. Can you tell us how this interest started?
Ron Lasky: I’ve been interested in line balancing for quite a while. And so, when I would tour factories, as part of my job, I would usually go out and look at the component placement machines to see that they were taking the same amount of time. And, as you’re not surprised, I found it very seldom where the lines balanced, that was one thing. But often when I would go out to see this on the lines, the lines weren’t running, and it just caused me to be curious, you know, how often were lines running?
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