Deal combines PCB supply chain analysis tools for manufacturing

Deal combines PCB supply chain analysis tools for manufacturing

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By Nick Flaherty

Luminovo in Munich has acquired  German startup Electronic Fellows.

The acquisition adds dedicated modules for displaying, analyzing and processing printed circuit boards (PCB) to the LumiQuote tool for EMS contract manufacturing providers that cover high-mix-low-volume production.

“With this novel software suite, we support companies with digital and data-driven processes to positively leverage the ever-growing demand for electronic products and innovations. By providing a better overview of sourcing alternatives, uncovering risks and automating manual activities, we achieve fast and adaptable processes. Our long-term goal is to transfer manufacturing knowledge from the end of the value chain to the beginning to help our customers avoid costly mistakes and better meet demand,” said Sebastian Schaal, founder of Luminovo.

“The acquisition not only brings us a second ready-to-sell product but sharing features and insights between Electronic Fellows’ product Stackrate and our current flagship LumiQuote also immediately opens up new opportunities for collaboration between companies in the electronics value chain.”

Electronic Fellows is working to simplify the quoting process for PCB manufacturers with a suite of modules developed to support manufacturers throughout the process. This covers customer management, Gerber data analysis, layer setup and management, and accurate costing and quotation document generation.

“With Stackrate, PCB manufacturers can already generate precise quotes for even complex PCBs in a matter of minutes. Soon, it will also be possible to provide these quotes in real-time via modern API interfaces,” said Electronic Fellows founder Florian Herborn in Wiesbaden. “Our merger with Luminovo will make these quotation interfaces available to the broad EMS market. In this way, we will contribute a significant step to the interconnectedness of the electronics industry and considerably speed up existing processes.”

LumiQuote, joins, digitizes, and automates the quotation and sourcing processes including material and manufacturing calculations and simplifies collaboration within EMS providers and with external stakeholders through BOM Importer and the BOM Digital Twin modules. These automatically organize and turn clients’ BOMs into digital versions, on which team members can collaborate with suppliers and clients. This enables EMS companies that are dealing with high numbers of requests for quotations from diverse customers to complete them faster, offer more competitive prices, and increase their customer satisfaction.

With the PCBport product, Stackrate’s customers also have the option of calculating prices for selected projects in an automated manner, making quotations available in real-time, and the PCB analysis and visualization modules will be integrated into LumiQuote.;;

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