SigmaTron Gets Supplier of the Year Award from Federal Signal


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SigmaTron International's Elk Grove Village (EGV), Illinois facility was named Supplier of the Year by Federal Signal. The facility builds printed circuit board assemblies (PCBAs) and electromechanical subassemblies for this customer.

"This project has been a good example of the level of partnership that can be achieved when customers and our team work together to discuss project goals and the best path to achieve them," said Jim Barnes, vice president of operations at the EGV facility.

Jody Hearn is the Program Manager at EGV assigned to the project. SigmaTron’s program team has worked closely with Federal Signal to create an automated system that includes, among others:

  • Efficiency Improvements: SigmaTron and Federal Signal have partnered to find ways to streamline daily operations such as redefining Kanban sizing and identifying slower assemblies to remove from the Kanban program.
  • Quarterly Business Reviews (QBR): EGV holds a regular QBR. This has provided a forum to discuss previous, current, and future challenges, successes, as well as new ideas. Federal Signal now wants this to become the template for all their top suppliers.
  • Design for Manufacturability/Testability (DFM/DFT): EGV has provided DFM/DFT recommendations both as a respond to customer engineering requests and proactively on new product.
The end result of this partnership approach is a well-managed program that achieves customer goals in spite of a high mix of products and demand variability.

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