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SigmaTron International’s Elk Grove Village Facility (EGV) has passed the ATEX/IECEX Audit conducted in September. This certification process is associated with product used in potentially explosive environments. They are customer-specific and in this case related to a gateway industrial internet of things (IIOT) device used in oil fields to provide communications among multiple systems and the cloud.
ATEX is a European Union (EU)-driven standard and IECEX ISO/IEC 80079:2018 is a global standard. Eurofins certifies manufacturers’ quality systems in compliance with the requirements of the ATEX Directive and the IECEx Scheme. This is known as a Quality Assurance Notification (QAN) under ATEX and a Quality Assurance Report (QAR) under the IECEx Scheme.
In addition to enhancing the facility’s ISO 9001 quality management system (QMS) to address this class of product within each procedure, the facility was required to designate an EX product expert and a backup expert, who both go through specialized training. Employees working on the products will also go through product- specific training as part of production launch.
Dan Beaulieu, D.B. Management Group
This is a story of hope for the future of our industry. Matt Redhead is a young entrepreneur who started his career in customer service and sales, but always had his sights set on owning a business. Recently, he achieved his dream by becoming the fourth owner of a 46-year-old contract manufacturing business just outside of Portland, Oregon. For those of you who worry about the younger folks joining our ranks, this interview will renew your faith.
Sagi Reuven and Zac Elliott, Siemens Digital Industries Software
Companies have been collecting data in large volumes. Highly varied data from manufacturing operations comes in quickly that needs to be validated, and its value prioritized so that it can be turned into something useful—transformed from big data to smart data. The amount of data available has grown exponentially into big data. Twenty years ago, a PCB work order resulted in 100 data records, megabytes of data; today, it is 10 billion records, terabytes of data. The investment in collecting this data and storing it is high. However, without a way to analyze the data, without analytics, it will not result in ROI.
I-Connect007 Editorial Team
Bill Horner, the founder of The Test Connection Inc. and a well-respected engineer, passed away on September 21, 2020. He was 81 years old.