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New AES APEI Webinar To Focus On Audio Product Test & Manufacturing Strategies

Two companies will detail strategies for detecting and solving problems and inefficiencies in the production line, focusing on audio product examples on Wednesday, July 28.

The Audio Product Education Institute (APEI), an initiative of the Audio Engineering Society (AES), will host a webinar entitled “Production Test and Manufacturing Strategies to Build Better Audio Products” on Wednesday, July 28 (start time is 12 pm U.S. Eastern time).

The online event will address production line challenges with insights from audio test and measurement supplier Audio Precision and from Instrumental, an AI-powered discovery, analysis and real-time monitoring manufacturing provider, joined by supply chain and sourcing specialists David Lindberg (DB Enterprises) and Mike Klasco (Menlo Scientific).

Anna-Katrina Shedletsky, the co-founder of Instrumental, will explain how her company solves complex production line challenges when building products. Additionally, Audio Precision General Manager Daniel Knighten and Director of Marketing Eric Hodges will explain how a new integrated audio test system helps with quality assessments, reducing setup and reconfiguration time.

Detecting and solving problems and inefficiencies in the factory floor is key to consistent and successful product strategies. The new product launch process is being challenged by compressed timelines and dramatically increasing engineering complexity. A stated 20 percent of every dollar spent in manufacturing is wasted on things like scrap, rework, product returns, mistakes, experiments, and underutilized human resources.

Large audio manufacturers such as Bose, as well as many consumer electronics companies, work with Instrumental to accelerate product development timelines and improve production yields of their audio products by using artificial intelligence (AI) to aggregate and analyze all of their product data to discover root causes of production line problems and to resolve even the most complex issues. In the webinar, Shedletsky will explain how Instrumental can help eliminate defects in development and production through manufacturing case studies of audio devices with key components such as loudspeakers, microphones and antennae.

Manufacturing test strategies for audio products depend greatly upon the management of variables for both “cost of test” and “cost of failure.” The goal of a manufacturing test is to ensure that the products manufactured, and ultimately shipped to retail or directly to customers, meet design specifications and perform as intended. Unfortunately, uncontrolled variability or tolerances in materials and manufacturing processes can directly, and negatively, impact the ability to achieve this goal. In this webinar, Audio Precision will explain the most effective way to test products to ensure they meet specifications. Knighten and Hodges will also detail how the new APx517B acoustic audio analyzer, developed specifically with the manufacturing environment in mind, can be conveniently and efficiently adapted for different test strategies.

After the presentations, attendees will have a valuable opportunity to ask the presenters questions. The pillar chairs and the presenters will also address topics such as the pandemic-based challenges on the production chain and broken supply chains, finding and selecting manufacturing partners in different regions of the globe, the manufacturing reliance on China, and foreseeable challenges and misalignments in electronics manufacturing.

Go here for further information and to register.


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