MEP EP#266: The Expert

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MEP EP#266: The Expert

    • Webinar that Chris Church (Co-Founder of MacroFab) will be co-hosting with Edwin Robledo of AutoDesk.
  • Building a Program and Testing procedure for your first production run
    • Take lots of pictures
    • Keep it up to date and version controlled
    • Hand off the procedure to a colleague and have them run through it
    • Work with your CM
      • MacroFab works closely to help flesh out procedures and fixture designs
    • What is you acceptable fall out from production
      • This is where scaling up production runs can help iron out QA procedures for your product
      • Find tolerancing issues with components
    • Keep in mind your target pricing
  • Elements of a good test procedure - THINGS TO KEEP IN MIND
    • It is almost impossible to have too much information in your test procedure - within reason.
    • Remember - Your CM can always distill your information down to something less than what you provide
    • Typically they have one “expert” who knows everything and multiple operators who execute the tasks.
    • You don’t know when your documentation is needed so be thorough
  • Things to include in the documentation - preferably at the top
    • Product/assembly name
    • Test procedure Rev
    • List of board revisions that this procedure applies to
    • Map or image of terms or items
    • List of ALL software required
      • Do not assume that your CM has anything
      • If software version is important make sure this is called out
    • List of ALL files required
      • Be explicit with the names
      • Do not be shy with file structure
    • Be consistent
      • If you call a board X then always call it X
  • Test procedure Meat and potatoes
    • List of required equipment
      • What can be expected of a CM to have?
      • Be granular here. All the way down to cables
      • Do not be afraid to call out amazon links to required items
    • Avoid parallel anything - Sequential steps are the best
    • Always have criteria and be reasonable!
      • consider how the operator will approach your target and adjust accordingly!
      • Failures - Let the operator know what to do with a failure
    • If anything is to be marked or saved be explicit how and where to do it. If there is a sticker or label to be applied show a picture where you want it to go.

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