Press Release

11/12/2002

SynQor implements component traceability

Hudson, Mass - SynQor, Inc., a leading manufacturer of next-generation, high-efficiency DC-DC power converters, has implemented a unit and component level traceability system, which provides the ability to instantly retrieve and analyze information for any module or component that flows through SynQor's manufacturing process.

SynQor's proprietary Manufacturing Process Management (MPM) System has been in operation since the company began full scale manufacturing over 3 years ago. The initial system release included full routing control and unit level traceability, giving SynQor the ability to capture all related assembly, test, inspection and shipment data for each converter produced. By introducing component level traceability, SynQor can now track details for every component populated within a unique serialized converter, including the component's manufacturer, date code, lot code and receipt history information.

The collection of information is performed seamlessly throughout the manufacturing process with the use of bar codes and automated scanning equipment. Traceability information can then be accessed electronically and analyzed in real-time. Simple investigation of a module's routing history can determine which customers received converters containing a particular reel of components. Any population of converters can be examined for data trends using SPC, histogram, and CpK analysis tools. In addition, the MPM system automates SynQor's surface mount set-up procedures and flow manufacturing processes to ensure the quality and integrity of all their products.

SynQor's Quality Director, Bill Kabai notes "SynQor's fully integrated MPM System has become our foundation for total quality and continual improvement. This in turn allows SynQor to maximize manufacturing efficiency and lower internal costs." Mr. Kabai further adds that, "SynQor's MPM System eliminates guesswork and provides us with the ability to make real-time, data-driven decisions across our business. Such a unique tool allows SynQor to achieve industry-leading quality levels and increased customer satisfaction."

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