Original Date: 07/25/2005
Revision Date: 09/12/2006
Information : Phoenix Scheduling
Northrop Grumman Electronic Systems created Phoenix Scheduling, a valuable database that looks at work-in- process to examine issues and trends. Phoenix is an in-house-developed process design library for Surface Mount Technology that is used for defect avoidance.
During the past 3½ years, Northrop Grumman Electronic Systems’ (NGES’) manufacturing engineering developed a database of recorded observations in MS Access related to Surface Mount Technology (SMT). This automated process design library, Phoenix Database, has evolved through 30 software revisions.
The Phoenix Database is designed for the low-volume, high-mix, development and production environment. It combines information from the production schedule, process design, product configuration, defect data, engineering comments, and corrective action tracking. Historical data on defects, trends, and lessons learned relative to components planned for immediate production is reviewed daily by production and manufacturing engineering to avoid defects.
The Phoenix Client applications read data from two shared database table caches where appearance is tailored to SMT process engineers, operators, and supervisors. Phoenix Defects is used by process engineers plant-wide and adds corrective action tracking not in the systems applications products. Phoenix Kitting is used by the SMT kitting organization. All interfaces share the same infrastructure using data from the systems applications products downloaded daily by Phoenix Schedule.
The Phoenix Database provides one-stop data integration to a wide variety of manufacturing users, enabling coordination of many highly complex activities with product design and with each other. Its closed-loop design process is reviewed weekly to observe past data and to project future observations. The Phoenix Database provides visibility for new assembly reviews and data on previous issues for new revision reviews, while comparison data is reviewed from lessons learned and inspection results.
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