Improve-IKOR

If we remember our previous post, we made a brief introduction to the DMAIC cycle as a tool to improve processes: D. Define; M. Measure; A. Analyse; I. Improve and C. Control. In this post we will talk about the Improve stage. “Improvement is not possible if we do not measure what is happening and […]

IKOR_termometro

There are situations where sharp changes in temperature can have a devastating effect. In previous posts, we have talked about the problems involved in taking a product off the market if it malfunctions in any way, and how the traditional validation process overlooks the fact that the components used today are different from those used […]

Measure- IKOR

If you remember in the previous post we gave a brief introduction to the DMAIC cycle as a tool to improve processes. D. Define, M. Measure, A. Analyse,  I. Improve and C. Control. In this post we will talk about the “MEASURE” stage. “The rigorous and objective measurement of processes is the starting point for […]

IKOR_led

LED lighting allows us to create an atmosphere to our taste, as it allows us to combine infinite colours with multiple levels of intensity, thus adapting to how we feel or even to what we want to do. On the other hand, the rapid development of mobile technologies has meant that lighting control systems have […]

comfort-zone-IKOR

Paradigms are usually the main obstacle that companies have to face when they want to reinvent themselves. It is extremely hard to be convinced about a new method when certain practices have been used for a long time and may have even become unquestionable, even when the results are not the best. However, it’s infinitely […]

PTH Assembly-IKOR

If we had to choose the most important component of all those used during our manufacturing process, it would undoubtedly be the PCB. There are other components which are more expensive, cheaper, bigger, smaller, more complex, simpler… but the PCB always features in our circuits. It provides the basis for the other components and connects […]

IKOR Plant Spain

It’s becoming more and more common to hear the term “smart factories”.  These are places where machines and information systems work together and communicate with each other, which provides flexibility when it comes to anticipating the variability of the product. They are also staffed by versatile and experienced workers who interact with the equipment. In […]

IKOR- Medical Device

Developing and manufacturing electronics for medical devices is a bonus for any other type of electronics, even those designed for use in the automotive industry. ISO 13485 is a specific quality standard which is designed to ensure that the necessary requirements for an electronic application in a medical environment are met. This international standard sets […]

Iot- KOR

As we said in one of our earlier posts, it’s becoming more and more common to see the abbreviation IoT in reference to the interconnection of devices of a very different type which can be applied to various routines in our daily lives. And you’re probably wondering…. How does IoT benefit the product? It reduces […]

Trazabilidad-IKOR

“In October 2009, consumers in the United States were surprised by Toyota’s decision to withdraw 3.8 million vehicles from the market…” “A few months later a survey carried out by Gallup found that 31% of Americans thought that Toyota vehicles were unsafe…” It is not an isolated case: Sanyo, Bosch, Apple, Siemens and Samsung have […]

Reloj-IKOR

The global electronics industry (EMS) is going through profound changes as regards product and process technologies, the internal organisation of companies, the interaction between companies and forms of commercialisation. This is reflected, among other things, on the distribution of design and production activities in different countries. As has already been commented in a previous post, […]

IKOR-DMAIC

If you remember in the previous post we made a brief introduction to the DMAIC cycle as a tool to improve processes. D. Define; M. Measure; A. Analyse; I. Improve and C. Control In this blog post we will talk about the DEFINE stage. “The best way to face an improvement of a process is […]

IKOR blog

Since we’ve already explained what EOQ is in the first part of this post, let’s move on to a practical exercise where we’ll calculate the POQ (Period Order Quantity –  the economic order quantity in a production period) The calculation of POQ is linked to that of EOQ and its aim is to determine the […]

Container IKOR

Aesop’s famous fable tells the story of an ant that, in anticipation of a tough winter and thanks to its financial solvency, stores a lot of food. The cicada, taking care not to increase its working capital, cannot store as much food and when winter comes it finds that it doesn’t have enough provisions, so […]

Water drops-IKOR

In the world of electronics assembly, moisture can be a very dangerous threat. Components, and particularly those in plastic capsules, can absorb moisture from the atmosphere if they are not packaged correctly. When components undergo standard soldering processes, they go from room temperature to being exposed to a very high level of heat within a short […]

Sigfox_ IKOR

Today in our Blog, we’re looking at Sigfox technology – the first cellular network devoted exclusively to the IoT (Internet of Things). The adventure began back in 2011, when a French start-up set itself the challenge of developing a simple, universal telecoms infrastructure that enabled low-energy devices to communicate with a low data rate and […]

Obsolescencia de los componentes- IKOR

Beer manufacturers are to cease producing the beverage by summer. Consumers are being advised to stock up on supplies while it is still available, get used to enjoying soft drinks, or obtain equipment so that they can make beer themselves at home. How surprised would you be if this news dropped into your email inbox? […]

Horizon2020 - IKOR Grupo

In the previous post  we talked about the opportunity for funding for continuous improvement projects provided by the Horizon 2020 initiative. Not only is it an economic opportunity but, more importantly, a technological opportunity which allows close collaboration with companies and technology centres that are worldwide leaders. It is therefore a major opportunity for the Basque […]