BPM enjoyed some real Texas BBQ at our Summer Barbecue; it was an opportunity to celebrate getting most folks back in our facility in Houston, Texas. Originally, we planned on having it out on the back parking lot, but it was too dad-gum hot. Food was catered by Rudy’s, a Texas BBQ institution: Brisket, Chicken, plus all the trimmings, including some real down-home cobbler and banana pudding. For those of you not fortunate to live near a good Barbecue joint, you can order just about anything and have it delivered just about anywhere– check out their store here.
WhisperTeach™ Virtual Demo
WhisperTeach is BPM’s patented hardware/software solution to the z-teach in Automated Programming. It makes set-ups fast, easy, and (most importantly) much more accurate than is possible with a human operator. Colin and Scott are hosting this 30-minute (or so) Virtual Demo
- WhisperTeach Demo
- Side-by-side comparison of WhisperTeach vs. Manual Teach
BPM Microsystems WhisperTeach™ | See how Auto-Z Teach makes programming 2X Faster & 3X More Accurate
WhisperTeach™ Webinar, originally live September 29, 2020.
We set up a BPM 3928 Automated Programming System (APS) with exactly the same specs: BGA153 Devices with a 24 second programming time, 16 Sockets on 4 sites, Tray-input, Tray-output, with a small reject tray.
Tray requires 3 locations to be “taught”, plus the rejects tray, plus each of the 16 socket “pockets”.
- We used two methods to set up the job: The first (on the bottom) is a tradition “manual” teach, which requires a skilled operator.
- The second is WhisperTeach™, BPM’s patented technology that automates and improves the time/accuracy by mechanically teaching the critical Z-Height, the most difficult part of any set up.
Here are some of the numbers:
- 10:52 Start Job using WhisperTeach™; Over 22 minutes using traditional teach.
- 240 Devices programmed with WhisperTeach™ when the other machine produced the first unit.
- 500 Units WT = 35 Minutes Legacy = 46 Minutes
- If we use $0.20 per device as a good average, .20x 240 = $48 “free” devices programmed.
- If only 1 job is taught per shift: $48 * 260 days per year = $12,480 saving per year. = $62,400 over 5 years
- $187K if a 3-shift operation programs only 1 new device per shift.
- Another way to look at it is the total number of devices programmed gained!
- Number of additional devices programmed 240 * 260 days * 3 shifts = 187,200 additional devices per year = 936,000 Devices over 5 years
- For a programming center with Hi Mix and new jobs weekly the impact could be even bigger!
- Efficiency and Productivity is only part of the benefit.
- Let’s discuss the cost of poor quality….COPQ. I think it’s safe to say that all manufacturers have had to rework or scrap boards at one point or another. That’s the Cost of Poor Quality “detection and prevention of product failures is more than offset by the savings in reductions in product failures.”
- Outputs of poor quality:
- Direct Cost
- Lost business
- Opportunity costs
- Claims Training and Operator Efficiency.
- Don’t have to be an expert.
- Same results on 1st shift, 2nd shift 3rd shift.
- Hosted by Colin Harper, Sales Director at BPM, and Scott Bronstad, Marketing Guy at BPM.
We had part “deaux” of our company-wide “Half-Happy Hour” where about 18 folks (had a few pop in and out) got to relax, kick their feet up for a bit, and perhaps sip on something tall and cool. Rather than a trivia party, we talked about what we wanted to be when we were in the 5th grade (Veterinarians were popular, one hobo (thankfully a dream deferred), and a few unfulfilled sports stars. Only one batman). Sai conferenced in from India where it was about 2am… and we learned that Charlie has “about 42 beer steins.” Many of us shared good things to come out of our current health crisis– such as saving money on gas, or shorter commutes for those still coming into the office. Spending more quality time with family was popular.
It was great to see everyone. Next time, we’re going to have a virtual scavenger hunt / talent show*. How do you get to Carnegie Hall? Practice, practice, practice…
*or not… we’ll see.
We had our first company-wide “Half-Happy Hour” where about 20 of us blew off a little steam (there may have been some adult beverages consumed, but we can neither confirm nor deny). We got to introduce a couple of new peeps to the BPM fam, Shelby and Cassie. We recognized a hand-full of folks who have been with us for over 20 years, including Trung who has worked here for 29 years! (Bill W doesn’t count, but he’s been here 35)
Most folks are still working remotely, so it was nice to catch up. The rule was, “no talking about work-related stuff.”
We did some trivia using a service called kahoot.it… it was a “hoot”– most folks got “who’s buried in Grant’s Tomb” (hint: it’s Grant). Nobody got “besides chimps and gorillas, what other animal has human-like fingerprints” (Koala Bears!). Congrats to Jon for answering most quickly and correctly, followed by Jennifer M. and Robert. Jon gets the bragging rights, plus a $25 gift card.
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.
We at BPM have much to be thankful for… and we shared a meal together and celebrated a successful year, even with a tough economy. We enjoyed a tradition turkey lunch along with some not-so-traditional treats (like home-made spring rolls).
There was a “wild turkey” scavenger hunt… all over the building there were turkeys. At about 10am, the word went out that there was a prize for the person with the most turkeys… those who check their email (like yours truly) began to gather turkeys. The winners got gift cards for HEB, a popular grocery store here in Texas.
We are very grateful to work with such amazing people…so generous, kind, talented, intelligent, hard-working and resourceful — (and really great cooks too!).