At this time, three Cogiscan LCUs have been installed at the BAE SYSTEMS IEWS facility in Nashua, NH. The units are strategically placed in the stock room, in the forming area and at the SMT assembly line. The location of the units allows the tracking of MSDs from the time the seal is broken on the original supplier’s packaging until the mass reflow operation is complete. Operators throughout the CCA focus factory have been trained on the use of the LCUs as well as on the latest standards for handling all MSDs. Throughout the implementation, operator feedback has confirmed the ease of use of the new system.
The implementation of the new system has brought about many positive changes for the CCA focus factory.The CCA focus factory has revised:
- its dry packaging requirements,
- its dry bag sealing techniques,
- its process for receiving MSDs in to the internal planning system.
Additionally, in an effort to standardize MSD handling throughout the supply chain, communication with suppliers about the latest industry standards for packaging and handling will ensure compliance from the time the components enter the factory.
The CCA focus factory has also realized benefits of the Cogiscan system outside of MSD tracking. The system provides a platform for the future management of other activities such as the component traceability recording function, which is required on certain critical programs in which BAE SYSTEMS IEWS is involved. In the future, all SMT components may be tracked by the Cogican system. The factory is in the process of upgrading to a networked version of the Cogiscan software, which will allow the factory greater visibility across the entire factory floor as to the status and location of any MSD or surface mount component.