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Electronic Interconnect - Expansion and New Capabilities Interview

Date Posted : 09/27/2015

Source : Press release - Company’s Expansion and new Capabilities Interview

Pratish Patel of Electronic Interconnect Discusses His Company’s Expansion and new Capabilities inInterview with Barry Matties of I-Connect007

Recently, the President and CEO of Electronic Interconnect, Pratish Patel, held an interview with Barry Matties of I-Connect007 to discuss the new strategies and capabilities of his company as well as EI Connect’s expansion into the automotive industry. This full interview was originally published in the September 2015 issue of SMT Magazine.

Expanding Our Capabilities

Electronic Interconnect (EIC) is expanding into new markets including avionics and the automotive industry and in order to do this, they must expand their technological and manufacturing capabilities. When asked about whether the expansion of EIC is for the capabilities or because of a need for a large manufacturing area, Patel responds by saying:

“No, the purpose of the expansion is primarily for capabilities, not capacity. . . What we need in the U.S. right now is high-mix, low-volume in the high end of the technology, where we can meet automotive andavionic needs, as well as a lot of defense needs. It is going to require a little bit more technology work . . . we’re expanding just for the capabilities right now.”

Patel continues, “The capabilities mainly are twofold: The first is to enhance more into thermal management. The second is RF material, mainly for avionic needs.”

Moove into Automotive Industry

In regards of the expansion into the automotive industry, Matties asked Patel about the certification process. Patel says that Electronic Interconnect is looking at AS9100 and TS16949 certifications and stresses the importance of gaining the certification: “That certification assurance allows the customers toknow that we have the ability to further expand our capabilities going forward.”

Patel further explains his reasoning for expanding into the automotive industry and where he sees a place for Electronic Interconnect, “We have our manufacturing reps all over the U.S., and one of the things we hear in our regular conference calls and meetings . . . is a need for high-mix, low-volume types of business. Once we have AS and TS certifications done, it will allow us to further pursue the production side of it. And it’s not exactly just for the purpose of testing, either; it’s more of a mid-production purpose for the domestic market. That’s where we want to fit in.”

Another purpose of expanding into the automotive industry is to bring production of these parts to the U.S., “A lot of production overseas has the AS and TS certifications, and if we have to put some of those parts into our short runs over here, we should be capable of handling it over here as well.”

Helping Customers Lower their Cost

Patel emphasizes EIC’s ability to help customers reduce costs as “one of our major strengths” as he discusses the CAM software programs used to help identify potential failures, low yield, and fallout in submitted designs. He explains that this allows the EIC team to go back to the customers and say, ‘Look, according to our analysis if you change your design, do some minor rerouting in certain places, add proper balance, and add a couple parameters to it, we can bring the cost down to X percentage here.’ Patel: “They really admire that. . . . We do this all the way from the Gerber or fabrication layouts to the final finish.”

You can read the complete interview with Pratish Patel in SMT Magazine here: