» Manage the process improvements and control for the tapestreamer production
» Be the liaison with Sony Japan HQ for all things related to changes in product or product configuration
» Streamline and execute processes such as Incoming Quality Control, Out of Box Audit, New Product Introduction and so forth
» Manage the technical environment: serial number control, secure electrostatic discharge stations, control barcode printers, manage work stations, upgrade systems, etc.
» Assist in setting up and monitoring other VAS activities e.g. by defining lay-out of rework process or building production control databases
» When I started, in all fairness, the way the production line for the tapestreamers was organized was a mess, resulting in many errors during the assembly process: wrongly labelled devices, wrong firmware, faulty configurations, drives stacked in towers that regularly fell apart… I changed all that, did a complete overhaul, and nearly eradicated all the previous errors and unnecessary production stops: centralized control of workstations for firmware updates (by connecting all workstations to a central server), lean process implementation for flow control, automated serial number follow-up and generation, updated work instructions for the operators and so forth
» In a later stage, I even re-designed the entire lay-out of the production room, resulting in additional efficiency in product and material flows, a further reduction in errors, and greater visibility on flow and bottleneck assembly procedures