In our experience, OEM sensor assemblies often go into volume production within six months of the initial Engineer-to-Engineer discussion. In HBK factories, lean manufacturing techniques and automation combine to ensure smooth production processes with high-quality standards. HBK’s focus on its own manufacturing facilities and processes ensures that OEMs get quality manufacturing plus scalable volumes. As your new ‘intelligent’ product gains traction in the market, you can scale sensor assembly orders to match the growth in demand. HBK will ramp up production to keep pace as needed.
1 - Quality – A step ahead
Throughout the development process, we have been designing for quality. In this stage, we formalize the data collection, inspection points and analytics to ensure the highest quality possible. We provide detailed control plans and capabilities studies. We have extensive experience with the Production Part Approval Process (PPAP) - as do our suppliers. We provide samples with supporting data showing design, specifications, and our process control for volume production. HBK is proud of its history of leading quality standards. In August 1986, HBM was the first German company to be certified to ISO 9001 and is an accredited Calibration Laboratory, ISO 17025: D-K-12029. We also maintain compliance on numerous items such as RoHs 3 and more.
2 - Test processes – How you test is how we test
In addition to producing high-volume sensor assemblies with the fewest rejects, we work closely with our clients to develop application test protocols. When producing an assembly that will be integrated into complex customer parts, it is best to clearly understand how the assembly is integrated, mounted, and tested to uncover any errors that may occur in the handling and testing of the parts. HBK manufactures high-quality laboratory equipment and software to assist this process and has specialized equipment in-house (such as autoclave machines) that can be included for in-line testing.
3 - Lean Manufacturing
All of our facilities are fully committed to lean manufacturing to minimize waste and continually improve operational efficiencies. Kaizen events are held often and Gemba walks are numerous - both are constants in our calendars. We are committed to producing to the highest standards and our ambition and goal are always “Zero Defects”.
4 - Automation
With the design and quality systems defined, HBK automation experts will optimize production with automation as appropriate. From gage placement to printed circuit board (PCB) assembly, automation allows for consistent quality and optimized value. Having the best technology available, HBK has all types of modern equipment including automation, wire bonding, CNC, 3D printing, autoclave testing and much more. Since we own the largest strain gauge production facility in the world, we have both the ability and the experience necessary to meet demand.
5 - Logistics and Agile Supply Chain Management
Complex supply chains require detailed attention to packaging and logistics to ensure timely deliveries. Using our SAP enterprise resource planning system, the logistics group works closely with freight forwarders to ensure around-the-clock visibility of materials. Our three production facilities, strategically located in Europe, Asia and the United States, minimize logistics disruption and risk for our customers. Direct access to our logistics team means we can respond quickly to any changes in your forecasts or needs.