"Almost all fields are adopting SMD LEDs

Established 1995, Bangalore-based S.B. Technologies offers electronics manufacturing services (EMS) to OEMs in telecom, electronics, consumer electronics, medical instruments, T&M, computer peripherals, electrical, defence, industrial controls,  CNC machines, etc.

In an interview with Pradeep Chakraborty of EFYTimes.com, VS Srikanth, chief executive, SB Technologies, details how the company is seeing a huge demand for SMD LEDs and SMD components for automobiles.

EB: What are the current EMS trends in india?
In India. EMS players should focus more on flexibility and quick turnaround cycles. The current trend is moving towards full turnkey manufacturing, from design support till product building. There is even a good market for small production batches with prototyping support.

EB:Is the demand for EMS increasing?
I don't perceive any real increase in demand. Primarily., government policies need to be changed for the EMS sector. Import duties need to be nullfied, and banking policies need to be more flexible towards EMS companies. If all these points are taken care of, we can surely see an increase in demand.
EB:What lean manufacturing practices do you follow?
We follow practices for reducing overheads, which directly support us during lean periods. We concentrate more on design and development.

EB: Are we beginning to see a large demand for SMD components for automobiles?
Definitely yes, although this has been going on since the past one year.

EB: What are the application areas for SMD LEDs, especially in the Indian context?
SMD LEDs are used in a wide range of application starting from the consumer market to the industrial sector.Almost all the fields are adopting SMD LEDs because of their durability and size.These include industrial lighting. Solar lighting, automation, medical electronics, power sector, etc.
EB: What are the changes that the medical devices industry is undergoing that SMT euipment manufacturing industry needs to understand?
The SMT equipment manufacturing should have continuous updations on the component handling nozzles and feeders for latest component packages. Also, the equipment should be well equipped for quick changeovers and for small production runs.

EB: What's happening in the chemical/biological detection as well as  proteomics/genomics areas? We have been continuously working with clients for their manufacturing and development activities for global positioning devices, sensors, etc.

EB: What are your thoughts on the Indian electronics manufacturing scene?
Even though the Indian market is picking up in a slow pace, definitely, we are all looking at the bright future for the industry. We have been continuously improving our process by upgrading our infrastructure with latest cutting-edge technology machines.

EB: What are the latest projects that S.B. Technologies is currently involved in?
S.B. Technologies is presently involved with projects for GPS devices, engineering embedded projects, child tracking systems, fire protection sensors, conversion of through hole technology to latest SMT cards with development supports.
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V.S. Srikanth

Chief Executive
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