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EMS firm Flex Ltd has officially opened its new design center in Haifa, Israel. The Haifa Design Center was founded at the end of 2012 as part of Flex’s medical research and design initiatives. Due to the increase in projects and the number of hires, in December of 2016, the center was moved to a new 1,000m2 facility located in the southern part of Haifa. It is close to several large international companies such as: Google, Microsoft, Amdocs, Qualcomm, GE, Phillips, Intel, Elbit, Novocure. Currently, the center holds 40 expert design engineers on-site.
The new facility accommodates several labs to support ongoing projects and is equipped for electronic integration and testing, firmware inspection, mechanical assembly and 3D printing. It also has a mechanical workshop, a special lab for optical inspection and assembly, and a lab to support water purification systems.
During the opening of the new facility, Ziva Eger, Chief of Foreign Investment and Industrial Cooperation Authority in Israel, commented, "Flex is one of the key partners for the State of Israel in helping to build the Israeli economy."
Today, the Haifa design center is focused on projects from the medical, industrial, consumer and defense categories and is also the home for two additional Flex groups—the medical technology center and the Flexible Technologies and Miniaturization CoE.
Dan Feinberg has been covering augmented, virtual, and mixed-reality for I-Connect007 for the last few years. He recently met with Eric Braddom, VP of Extended Reality (XR) Product Management for Flex, a company that is involved in this disruptive technology. In this interview, Dan and Eric discuss the future of augmented, mixed and/or virtual reality, or as Flex calls it, "extended reality."
Neil Sharp, JJS Manufacturing
While handing over part or all of your manufacturing to a third party can be daunting, it offers a host of benefits. It frees you up to focus on what you do best--whether that's designing, marketing or selling. It reduces your operating costs, and you gain from the range and depth of expertise than an EMS can provide. For OEMs already outsourcing their manufacturing, going to a third party for other services, like product design, could well be the next logical step.
Many electronics manufacturers tend to compartmentalize or "silo" their departments, such as the design team versus assembly-related functions. The relationship between design and manufacturing can too often be disconnected or otherwise poor, which stalls productivity and increases bottom-line costs. By identifying and addressing these gaps, this financial hemorrhage can be reduced, and profitability increased.