Enterasys Networks has an unmatched commitment to delivering the highest quality products and services to our global customer base. Enterasys has invested heavily in “world-class” processes and tools to ensure this heritage is preserved. Another demonstration of this commitment to product development was recently recognized with top honors by the American Business Awards. Enterasys was awarded the “Gold” Stevie award for “Product Development Team of the Year” for our accomplishments in Manufacturing Technology.
“What is a Stevie award?” The “Stevie” has become one of the world’s most coveted business awards. The Stevie Awards were created to honor and generate public recognition of the achievements and positive contributions of organizations and business people worldwide.
“Why was Enterasys recognized?” The project that Enterasys has been recognized for is our “robotic optical inspection work cell.” Enterasys is the first in our industry to deploy this advanced technology for our product manufacturing processes in this manner. This innovation consists of a seven axis robotic system equipped with a state of the art visual inspection camera, encapsulated in a work cell that enables faster, more accurate visual inspections of our assemblies. This technology has been deployed for the past year at our primary contract manufacturing location for our S-Series Product line.
“Why do we need this technology?” The complexity of our S-Series products (with multiple advanced assemblies of 20 layer printed circuit boards with tens of thousands of components and solder connections) requires this “next generation” optical inspection technology. With fantastic partners such as Gibson Engineering, Mitsubishi, and Cognex, we have a developed a system that reduces the opportunity for defects to escape our process. The system does this much faster than a manual “human” inspection process. Both the speed and accuracy of this new system enable Enterasys to provide the highest quality advanced networking systems in the market.
“What have we seen for results?”
Since deployment of this technology we have seen significant improvements on two of our very important quality statistics: our annual return rate and our “dead on arrival” (DoA) rate. Both of these statistics were at exceptional industry levels prior to this technology deployment, but since we have implemented our robotic optical inspection cell, we have been able to recognize an additional improvement of more than 40% improvement to our annualized return rates. In addition to this fantastic accomplishment we have seen a reduction in our DoA rate of over 70%. These are tremendous achievements for our business.
This investment in technology innovation demonstrates the commitment to excellence and our commitment to customer experience. Our innovative engineering teams strive to bring the best technical solutions in the most innovative process to enable the best customer experience with our products. This Stevie award is a great validation that when you select Enterasys as your Networking vendor, you are partnering with one of the most innovative companies in the world.