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Electronics Design and Manufacturing

The world is an uncertain place, so it makes sense to be prepared for the unexpected. Having basic management plans (such as Obsolescence Management) in place enables your organisation to deal effectively with a threat to your product, no matter what direction it might come from. As an experienced electronic manufacturing firm, we have seen our share of crises over the years. Drawing on what we’ve learned, we’ve put together a handy checklist that provides essential pointers regarding how best to respond when a crisis looms.

Have your obsolescence management plan alternatives ready

If you’re relying on a limited number of companies to source your obsolescence parts, a glitch in the supply process could cause all sorts of problems. Ensuring you have back up suppliers ready to swing into action if needed is important for your obsolescence plan to work smoothly, no matter what’s happening in the world.

Communicate with your suppliers

The more you’re able to tell your suppliers what demand is likely to be for their parts, the easier it is for them to meet your needs. Similarly, if suppliers suspect there may be a problem with their ability to maintain supply for whatever reason, early warning helps you come up with alternatives. Hetech pro-actively keeps stock levels high, enabling us to cope with fluctuating customer demand smoothly. By communicating regularly, the chances of supply and demand matching are far higher.

Forecast product requirements

The more notice you can give your suppliers of the volume required and the deadlines you’re looking at, the easier it is for them to make sure that your order is ready to go on time. Particularly when you have a long-standing arrangement with a supplier, they will often be able to have your stock set aside months (or even years) before you need it. In the event of a crisis, this can really help.

Support local businesses

Using Australian businesses to meet your needs makes economic and ethical sense. When you use an Australian supplier, you can be confident of receiving high-quality goods that offer excellent value.

Get in touch to find out more about Hetech and what we can offer.

At Hetech, we were delighted to welcome Park Ridge State High School electronics students to our facility last week to teach them about the local electronics manufacturing industry, and guide them through the opportunities available.

The students were introduced to our manufacturing processes, which are unparalleled in Australia and across the world, during a tour of our large assembly and production floor, onsite warehouse and storage, offices and meeting facilities.

Our highly skilled staff were on hand to answer questions about the manufacture of integrated electronic systems that support a range of industries, including mining, defence, transport, water management and utilities.

As part of the educational visit, the students were also shown how our automated conformal coating machine works by applying a protective polymer film or chemical coating that ‘conforms’ to the circuit board topology.

Its purpose is to protect electronic circuits from harsh environments that may contain moisture and or chemical contaminants.

It was an absolute pleasure to spend the afternoon with the students and show them around our state-of-the-art manufacturing facility.

It’s exciting to see more and more electronics students emerging in schools, all enthusiastic, and keen to learn about the exciting world of technology and the opportunities available to them.

However, it’s up to businesses, schools and governments to provide as much assistance and exposure as possible for students, to pursue their career in the industry. We urge anyone who is involved in the electronics or STEM industries to reach out to your local government or schools, even if it is to simply offer an afternoon to show some students around your workplace.

As your electronics, design and manufacturing partner, Hetech is committed to supporting young people and the opportunities available to them in STEM fields, which increase young people’s choices and chances through science, technology, engineering, and mathematics.

Electronex 2016 is behind us and a great time was had by all that attended. Below are some pics from the show, including a few from our first networking dinner promoting ‘innovation and collaboration’ within the electronics design and manufacturing industry. The dinner was held in collaboration with our design partners Amatek Design and was complemented by our two guest speakers Cathy Foley, Deputy and Science Director of CSIRO Manufacturing and Medhat Wassef, President of AIDN NSW (Australian Industry and Defence Network).

The Hetech team

The Hetech team on the stand (L-R): Managing Director Mark Steiner, Operations Manager Glenn Wright, Production Supervisor Alan Grant and Sales Exec Steve Plunkett

Hetech and Amatek Design networking dinner

Networking dinner (photo L-R top): Amatek Managing Director Simon Buchwald, Cathy Foley (Deputy and Science Director of CSIRO Manufacturing) and Hetech Managing Director Mark Steiner

Mark Steiner's presentation during the SMCBA Conference

Mark Steiner’s presentation during the SMCBA Conference

Hetech's new expo stand

Our new stand … look out for us next time you’re at Electronex!

OF late, the Hetech team have been often questioned… what does the H.E. stand for in HETech? We’ve heard a number of possible guesses about what it could be, so we thought what better time than our 25th year in business than to decrypt these letters and pay homage to our founders Hegge and Edington. Continue…

ONCE a month Hetech staff come together to celebrate staff birthdays, with coffee and cake, lots of laughter and singing. Today however, was a little different. Today we celebrated an important milestone in one of our staff members’ career. Continue…

At Hetech, our philosophy is to create mutually beneficial partnerships and relationships with our customers. This philosophy is underpinned by our company motto ‘Your product development and manufacturing partner’

In 2013, Hetech partnered with Argus Acoustic to develop their vibration controller boards. Continue…

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