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Streamlining Electronics Material Management
An In-depth Look at the Incoming Material Station (IMS)

August 3rd, 2023 - By Cogiscan's Experts
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In the fast-paced and rapidly evolving electronics industry, where product lifecycles are often short and demand is highly volatile, maintaining a streamlined and efficient material management system is paramount. As the backbone of any successful operation, material management encompasses the careful planning, sourcing, receiving, and handling of raw materials and components needed to produce electronic products. The Incoming Material Station (IMS) offers an advanced receiving solution tailored specifically for electronics manufacturing.

What is the Incoming Material Station (IMS)?

The IMS simplifies the incoming material verification process for electronics manufacturers. As we all know, reel registration is one of the most crucial parts of material tracking and traceability, whether you’re in the consumer electronics, aerospace, medical or automotive industry.

The IMS process is quite simple – consisting of an ESD table with a high-resolution camera and PC, the system captures and analyzes material labels (reel, cut-tape and/or trays). At the top of the table, a screen displays the captured material information, including images. For factories using storage towers, the table also includes storage space for 7” and/or 15” cases.

When a material is scanned by the system, it is automatically assigned a unique ID within the software. All captured material information can be pushed to ERP/MES systems via API in order to synch the received materials to a supplier’s open order (or PO). The table is also fully integrated with Cogiscan’s TTC software to further streamline inventory management.
Why should you use the IMS?
  • 1
    Eliminate Human Error
    As we said earlier, the IMS greatly reduces the number of steps to register new materials. By doing so, it lowers both mislabeling and scanning errors, while also improving operator efficiency.
  • 2
    Fast Return on Investment (ROI)
    Due to its turnkey setup, the IMS has a very quick ROI. The initial investment is affordable, and reducing operator’s time in scanning materials rapidly adds up.
  • 3
    Saves Time & Money
    In such a fast-paced industry, time is money. With the IMS saving up to 55 seconds per reel in scanning time, it’s no wonder it has become such a standard in top tier EMS factories.
  • 4
    Scanning Versatility
    With its HD camera, the IMS scans multiple supplier barcodes simultaneously, even if it’s using more than one format (1D, 2D, QR code, etc.)
  • 5
    Streamlined Material Flow
    The IMS optimizes material flow from suppliers to the production line, reducing lead times and ensuring a smooth, uninterrupted production process.
  • 6
    Enhanced Traceability and Compliance
    Traceability is crucial in electronics manufacturing to meet industry standards and regulations. The system allows manufacturers to easily trace the origin of materials, aiding in compliance and quality control efforts.
  • 7
    Efficient Inventory Management
    Real-time monitoring of material levels helps maintain optimal inventory, preventing unexpected shortages or excess stock, which in turn improves cost management and resource allocation.
  • 8
    Easy Enough for any Employee
    In a world where trained employees are hard to find, the IMS’s ease-of-use allows you to keep your most important employees where they matter the most to maximize their skills.
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Incorporating the Incoming Material Station into your electronics manufacturing process provides a competitive edge in this fast-paced industry. By automating material handling and inspection, electronics manufacturers can significantly reduce errors, optimize material usage efficiency, and thus deliver high-quality products to the market faster than ever before.
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