The world has been facing a global crisis of supply
of electronic components for months. In Iskratel. we used it to improve the
manufacturing process of customer-premises equipment (CPE).
The classic process of CPE manufacturing implies
that every device is made to fully comply with the requirements and needs of each
specific customer (operator). These usually include the customisation of
software, settings, logo, labels, user manual, additional components, etc. In
such process, all customisation details need to be known and defined in
advance, i.e. at the time of ordering.
Since the supply chains and delivery times have significantly
increased during the corona crisis, we have found a way to improve delivery
times and flexibility. The solution is a unique, two-phase manufacturing
process. In the first step, CPE devices are manufactured as semi-manufactures
without any adaptations for individual customers. The semi-manufactures can be
produced in larger volumes with lower manufacturing costs and with optimised