Integrated Micro-Electronics Inc. (IMI,) excellent supplier for the automotive industry and to other sectors, seeks to grow in 2019 on its plant in El Salto, Jalisco, to satisfy its customers’ big demand and consolidate as power in electronic cards and plastic molding.
Mexico Industry talked with Thomas Caveneget, general manager of IMI, who was satisfied by next year’s promising future.
“Yes, we are seeking to continue growing, our goal is reaching 2,500 employees in 2019; however, the growth we have had in the last year has been big therefore we must focus on the stabilization of this growth,” the directive said.
In addition, Caveneget has a clear objective, to be a referent worldwide as the best Electronic Manufacturing Services (EMS.)
“To be the largest manufacture supplier for the automotive industry in the world and as added distinction, be a partner with global manufacture solutions,” he explained.
IMI started operations in 1980 with capital of investors from Philippines and until 1996 was founded with the name of Integrated Micro-Electronics Inc. (IMI,) they currently have 21 plants around the world, two of them in El Salto.
Thomas Caveneget explained each one of the specific functions of the industrial parks in Jalisco.
“At the Plant 1 we produce cards for the automotive industry and in Plant 2 molding of automotive plastics,” he said.
Currently, IMI exports to China, the United States, Brazil and other European countries, among which standout as main customer a Tier 1 and others from the automotive industry with which they have signed a confidentiality agreement, in addition of serving sectors as the industrial, aerospace and medical.
Caveneget has traveled through the different IMI plants around the world and highlighted the workforce present in the two parks in El Salto.
“It is a qualified workforce, with a good cultural level and much higher in terms of education compared with other countries. However, we are always looking for the best talents and that is a big challenge,” he explained.
The training they receive in IMI is specialized that is why they are proud of human talent.
“Usually we grant training more focused on the technical part, with operators seeking for multi-skills, and specialization,” he noted.
IMI applies models of industry 4.0 on its two plants at El Salto with Cyber-physical systems and the Internet of Things, in addition of other processes valued by the director of Information Technologies, Jose Velazquez.
“There are two lines regarding Industry 4.0 which we are working, one is new facilities, there is an assembly of sectors and analytics on real time, edge computing, we have the analysis of typical processes control, at the moment to see which operations are in or out with an entire statistic behind those are the customers we have less than a year operating,” Velazquez said.
In addition, with the entire technological analysis can be measured which process will be finished in a timely manner, as well as seeing the useful life of the entire machinery and its maintenance.
“There is an enormous reconnection in big data and we not only measure the material, but process and tooling variables that allow us knowing if any process or machinery will be out in optimum conditions, this is little heavy and interesting computing process,” he explained.
Even the oldest machines were settled to generate essential information about electronic manufacturing and accurate for the automotive industry.
“There are also machines of more than 10 years which are being added an internal development with speed sensors, of temperature and viscosity, through a laser and that in one mechanical machine that did not had that internet part 10 or 5 years ago, we are capable of expanding the useful life of this machinery and better control our processes to provide that fine touch required by the automotive industry.”