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Video: Bring your mission-critical programming in-house

Video: Bring your mission-critical programming in-house

Video: Bring your mission-critical programming in-house

Since about 2010, the strongest market segment for Automated Programmers has been Automotive suppliers. Automotive suppliers have an ever-increasing need for programming as cars become more complex and technology-driven. They also often require 3D inspection and laser marking to ensure consistent quality and to track inventory. Big projects, with millions of programmed devices, make device programming in-house a no-brainer.

Smaller OEMs, while perhaps having many of the same needs as the Automotive guys, were constrained by limited resources. As their programming needs outgrew their ability to produce on manual systems, the only option was to outsource to the programming houses or ship their component manufacturing off-shore.

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

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Hot buttons for OEMs and Contract Manufacturers

  • 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
  • Device programming is easier than ever before; Installed and operational in less than one week
  • Manual programmers can provide 10s of thousands of devices per year; when demand exceeds manual capacity, it’s easy to migrate to an automated system (same sockets, software, no need to redo first article, etc.)
  • One high-speed universal platform can support millions of devices per year, at an incredibly low cost per device
  • As demand increases, it’s easy to add additional sites for more capacity. If additional capacity is needed, add additional shifts without needing highly skilled technicians
  • Lower cost solutions (3901, 3928) provide the greatest value in the industry. ROI in months, not years.

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Doing our Part to Defeat Our Common Enemy

Doing our Part to Defeat Our Common Enemy

BPM has instituted enhanced antiseptic cleaning

Our mission today is more important than ever. We are serving the global fight against our common enemy– SARS-Cov-2 – the virus that is causing COVID-19. This week, we’ve shipped a 3910 Automated Programming System to produce digital thermometers. And, we are doing a rush Device Support Request that is required to program MCUs that will control hospital beds. These beds are being produced immediately to set up new overflow hospitals. These two projects will save many thousands of lives. How often do you get to go to work and save thousands of lives? Pretty cool.

To help address the new leadership challenges we are facing, I am promoting Jon Bondurant to Chief Operating Officer. Jon’s mission in the COO role is to keep the trains running on time, so to speak. The entire leadership team, and thus all employees, are now reporting to Jon. This will allow me to work on strategy and technology development. Jon has demonstrated great skill as a manager, leader and solution innovator. He’s already stepping up his responsibilities in integrating and coordinating Device Support, IT, Manufacturing and Inside Sales to increase our output as a whole company. We are starting to see results already. Please congratulate Jon and give him an air handshake (from a safe distance).

COVID-19 Impacts BPM

All BPM Microsystems employees have been instructed to comply with the social distancing requirements, in addition to wearing N95 masks, in order to minimize the spread of COVID-19

We took the precaution of buying enough N95 masks 1Filters out 95 percent of particles that are at least 0.3 microns in diameters. for all employees when they were still available. To protect all of us, we are wearing these masks at work. The masks work not only because they filter the air you breathe, but they also keep you from touching your lips and nose, plus they diminish aerosols produced by coughing, sneezing, clearing your throat and speech. Do not lose your mask. They are exceptionally hard to get right now.

We are busy saving thousands of lives. And, we will get through this.

Kindest regards,

William White
Founder and CEO,
BPM Microsystems

Notice of Engagement in Essential Business

Notice of Engagement in Essential Business

To: State or local law enforcement and public health & safety officials 

Re: Notice of Engagement in Essential Business / Essential Travel 

BPM Microsystems, Inc. is deemed to be an essential business.

On March 23, 2020, the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) listed ESSENTIAL CRITICAL INFRASTRUCTURE WORKERS DURING COVID-19 RESPONSE to help state and local officials as they work to protect their communities while ensuring continuity of functions critical to public health and safety, as well as economic and national security. This list includes several segments that BPM Microsystem’s business operations support. Those segments include, but are not limited to: Workers necessary for the manufacturing and distribution of products needed for medical supply chains and for supply chains associated with transportation, energy, food and agriculture, waste pickup, chemical manufacturing, nuclear facilities, water and wastewater treatment, emergency services, and the defense industrial base. 

All BPM Microsystems employees have been instructed to comply with the Social Distancing Requirements in order to minimize the spread of the virus that causes COVID-19.  All non-essential BPM Microsystems employees have been instructed to work from home.

Sincerely, 

Jon Bondurant
VP Operations, BPM Microsystems

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A Letter to Our Friends and Customers

A Letter to Our Friends and Customers

A Letter to Our Friends and Customers

BPM Microsystems, Inc. is an essential supplier to businesses that are vital to both the United States and the world economy. Our device programming equipment is utilized by the medical field, aerospace, transportation, defense, and essential manufacturing. At this time, our facility will remain open and will be conducting business as “normally as possible” during the COVID-19 pandemic. In addition, the US Department of Homeland Security classifies BPM as a Critical Infrastructure Sector which gives us the ability to stay open in the event of a shelter-in-place order (as of 3/24/2020, Harris County is under a shelter-in-place order). Currently BPM is prioritizing all orders for medical, healthcare or otherwise COVID-19 related customers.

As the situation around COVID-19 continues to evolve, we at BPM are closely monitoring the latest reports from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the World Health Organization (WHO), and the Texas Department of Health. Based on their guidance, BPM Microsystems is taking a number of precautionary measures for the health and safety of our customers, suppliers, and team members.

As at your companies, we’re focused on the health and safety of our employees, families, and communities. Most of our employees have been strongly encouraged to work from home. So far, this shift has been relatively smooth and we continue to deliver the highest levels of performance. Locally, the schools are closed, so there have been some of our folks who are working out the logistics at home.

Because we manufacture all of our equipment here in Houston, there is a group of folks that can’t work remotely. They run the PCB line, build/QC/test our machines (manual and automated systems) and finish most of our socket cards. We’re being mindful of their safety, we’re no longer accepting visitors to our Houston campus and we’ve canceled business travel (except in situations approved by CEO).

So far the efforts of our team over the last few weeks have been successful. No-one within the BPM team has been directly impacted by COVID-19 virus. The BPM team remains focused on your success. While all our businesses are in uncharted territory, BPM is known for innovation and problem-solving, and we feel ready to face this challenge.

We just launched our online store. Currently, we have spare parts kits, manual programmers, and standard sockets available. We will be expanding the store’s coverage over time. We have automated programming system available for rapid shipment. This is a good time to “stock up” on items you’ll need eventually. We currently have most items in stock or with a short lead time, with a few exceptions.  We all know how unpredictable this rapidly changing situation is. Consequently, many of our customers have made the decision to have spares on hand just in case. It’s easy for our Inside Sales team to check your sales history and see what items you have ordered in the past in case that helps.

In summary:

  • Product orders for healthcare, medical or otherwise to support COVID-19 recovery will be our top priority
  • BPM is sanitizing all work areas multiple times per day
  • BPM is working within CDC, State, and County guidelines, practicing social distancing, working from home wherever possible and sanitizing all work areas several times per day.
  • BPM has not had any report of COVID-19 amongst our employees
  • Due to uncertainty in supply chains BPM will not hold or delay orders that are ready to ship; order consolidation will be unavailable until further notice as we prioritize for our customers that have immediate needs.
  • We have created videos to enable user-install capabilities as required for APS purchases to be able to install systems in spite of travel bans
  • Whenever possible, BPM employees will be working from home

We have amazing teams across BPM that are here for you. And we have the privilege to work with some of the smartest, leading-edge companies on the planet! We’re committed to being your partner and persevering together in all the days and years ahead.

As we go forward, we’ll be sure to keep you updated, and know that we always value your questions, ideas, and feedback.

Kindest regards,

William White

William White

Founder & CEO, BPM Microsystems Inc

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.
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  • 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.