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IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000008777D
Original Publication Date: 1998-Jun-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2002-Jul-11

Publishing Venue

Motorola

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Authors:
Harry Smithey

Abstract

Often in manufacturing it is necessary to coor- dinate the program selection of multiple machines in order to produce a variety of products from one base unit (Figure 1, Manual Program Selection). A mistake in program selection can produce costly sorts, reworks or even scrap. In circuit board produc- tion, it is common to use one printed circuit board (PCB) and vary the components on that PCB in order to produce a variety of product options for the customer. This allows for the customizing of the product with a minimum of inventory and lead time.