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Are Market Forces Beyond Your Control Keeping You Up at Night?

Are Market Forces Beyond Your Control Keeping You Up at Night?

It may be time for OEMs to bring device programming in-house

Since 2010, the strongest market for Automated Programmers has been automotive suppliers. Smaller OEMs, while having many of the same needs as the Automotive guys, are more hampered by limited resources. As their programming needs outgrow their ability to produce on manual systems, the only option is to outsource to the programming houses, or ship their component manufacturing off-shore.

Then came the perfect storm of 2019-2020: a crippling trade war, followed by a growing pandemic.

OEMs recognize the risk in outsourcing critical components, such as programmed devices, to off-shore suppliers. They are looking more closely at options that reduce their reliance on forces beyond their control in a way that reduces costs and speeds go-to-market.

Hot buttons for OEMs

  • Faster time to market– go from prototype to production in weeks, not months. 
  • Expand vertical manufacturing capability
  • React to design changes quickly– tweaks in code can be updated to the workflow in just a few minutes
  • Intellectual Property physically protected from theft
  • Don’t have to shut down the line due to supply chain issues with programmed devices
  • The solution is available– from P.O. to programming in days, not months

See what a telecommunications OEM in the Northeast and a Midwest heavy equipment manufacturer did to ensure an uninterrupted supply of high-quality programmable devices to their lines. Discover for yourself a lower-cost option for your device programming needs without sacrificing quality and capability.

APEX 2020 Video

APEX 2020 Video

APEX 2020 Video

We had a great time in San Diego– a couple of us on the APEX team stayed over the weekend to check out the local flavor. APEX is a great show for our industry, and we’re proud to be one of only 82 companies that have exhibited at APEX for 20 straight years! In this short video, you’ll get a picture of the APEX show, and some of the things that make San Diego in the winter such a magical place.

Coronavirus Situation in China May Cause Orders to be Delayed

Coronavirus Situation in China May Cause Orders to be Delayed

Here at BPM, we currently are able to fill existing orders, but future orders could possibly be delayed due to the tragedy.  We are doing everything we can to make sure their orders are on time. Even though we build all of our systems here in the US, because we source some components in China, we are anticipating delays. Even for components we can source locally, those suppliers are experiencing increased demand. We’re asking for your patience as we all work through this.
See the latest news here. Get industry-related updates from Global SMT Magazine here.
  • The World Health Organization has upgraded the coronavirus’ status to a global health emergency.
  • Factories/suppliers in mainland China are closed with the Lunar New Year holiday having been extended to February 13, 2020, in the Hubei Province (including Wuhan) and to February 17, 2020, in Wenzhou (of Zhejiang Province).
  • Many offices in Hong Kong have now confirmed the extension of their office closures until February 10, 2020.
  • All cross-border trucking services have stopped temporarily in Hong Kong with freight services to/from Hong Kong warehouses and factories still operating.

How it spreads

Coronaviruses “primarily spread through close contact with another individual, in particular through coughing and sneezing on somebody else who is within a range of about 3 to 6 feet from that person,” said Dr. Kathy Lofy, a state health officer for Washington, where the patient with confirmed coronavirus has been hospitalized.

If an infected person sneezes or coughs onto a surface — a countertop, for example — and another person touches that surface and then rubs his or her eyes or nose, for example, the latter may get sick.

It’s still unclear, however, how long the virus particles for this new coronavirus can live on surfaces.

Wash your hands

All of this makes proper hand-washing critical to help stop the spread of the germs. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends washing hands with soap and water before eating, after using the bathroom, and after blowing your nose, coughing or sneezing, and before and after caring for a sick friend or a family member.

The most effective way to clean hands is to wet them with clean water, then apply soap and scrub for at least 20 seconds, before rinsing and drying with a clean towel.

Hand sanitizers with at least 60 percent alcohol content may also be used, but the CDC warns they are not effective against all germs.

APEX 2020

APEX 2020

 IPC APEX EXPO is the largest event for electronics manufacturing in North America attracting more than 9,000 professionals from 45 countries. From the industry’s leading technical conference and application-focused professional development courses, to the innovation-driven exhibit floor, IPC APEX EXPO 2020 will be packed with far-reaching ideas and insights.

BPM is celebrating 20 years exhibiting at APEX on our 35th anniversary as a company.  It’s been a great show, perhaps a little slower than last year. 

It’s not too late! Stop by our booth (1604) before 2pm February 6th. Come see the fastest-selling Automated Programmer in BPM’s history… the 3901.