With principal operations in Hangzhou, China, H3C Technologies Co. Ltd. (H3C) has become a leading global supplier of IP-based networking products, primarily through its creation of IToIP architecture to meet the industry trend of “open and convergence.” Together with its parent company 3Com, H3C has secured the No. 2 position in the global networking market.
The IToIP architecture concept aims to build a converged network infrastructure integrating networking, security, storage and multimedia communication, so as to enable service-oriented applications for customers. Guided by IToIP, H3C has successfully transformed from a networking vendor to a total IToIP solution provider, offering products that include routers, LAN switches, network security, WLAN, IP multimedia and intelligent management software.
In 2004, company growth led H3C to install a new production line based on the Genesis GC-60D and GI-14D platforms from Universal Instruments. The versatility of the Genesis platform to excel in high-volume or high-mix environments, in combination with its large board capability, made it the right choice for H3C’s high-end production requirements.
The GC-60D platform offers flexible high-speed productivity, as well as high-performance placement of small parts. The GI-14D platform is a multifunction machine that offers fast placement of components for maximum performance per line length. Both units feature dual-beam architecture and require no hardware reconfiguration for product changes.
Based on the success of the Genesis line purchased in 2004, H3C chose to invest in the same line configuration for their expanding production requirements. The new line builds the company’s most complex products-those that demand the highest quality and yields.
A spokesperson for the H3C general procurement department, which is in charge of surface-mount machine evaluation and purchasing, says the main benefits of the Genesis production line have been the platform’s cost performance, changeover tools, and new product introduction (NPI) software, which has greatly boosted productivity.
Of particular importance is the large board capability of Genesis, as one of H3C’s newest products is built on a 500 by 700 millimeter circuit board.
Heinz Dommel, marketing director for Universal Instruments, says the H3C installations highlight the true flexibility of Genesis. “Their placement needs range from small passives and flexible fine pitch to a high diversity of connectors,” he says.
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