HiTECH Electronics Manufacturing (HiTEM) Launches Implementation of SEA Lean Enterprise System

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Aerospace supplier HiTECH begins implementation of the Supplier Excellence Alliance (SEA) Lean Enterprise System.

According to Chief Executive Officer Thai Nguyen, Hi-TECH Electronic Manufacturing, Inc. (HiTEM) located in San Diego, is launching the implementation of the Supplier Excellence Alliance (SEA) Lean Enterprise System (LES) - “With lean, we will be well positioned for success in our market,” notes Nguyen.

The LES is the industry standard business system being adopted by aerospace, defense, and space suppliers to help the U.S. supply chain become more competitive. The LES helps suppliers build new capabilities that will enable them to become more competitive and better support the emerging needs of their customers. The LES also builds a culture where lean production principles and standard work are applied throughout the organization to ensure sustained improvements in delivery and quality while reducing lead times and cost.

HiTEM is a provider of value-added electronic manufacturing services (EMS). Incorporated in 1997, the company provides OEM’s with total system assembly and integration; electro-mechanical sub-assembly; complex printed circuit board assembly that primarily utilize advanced surface mount technology, mechanical, molded cable and harness assembly. The company primarily conducts its business out of Sorrento Valley, San Diego. HiTEM provides a wide range of services to aerospace and defense primes, including Northrop Grumman and Raytheon. HiTEM currently has a workforce of 85 employees and is a proud Mentor-Protégé supplier to one of its primary customers.

SEA is the Joint Program Office for the aerospace, defense, and space industries’ supply chain conversion. As a non-profit alliance of leading industry prime contractors, SEA’s purpose is to accelerate supply chain performance and help U. S. suppliers become more competitive. SEA member companies include BAE Systems, The Boeing Company, Lockheed Martin, Northrop Grumman Company, United Technologies, Parker Aerospace, Rockwell Collins, Pratt & Whitney, Hamilton Sundstrand, Sikorsky Aircraft, Textron, Bell Helicopter, Cessna Aircraft, Honeywell, TW Metals, Space Systems Loral, Bombardier, Hitco Carbon Composites, Firth Rixson, Dresser-Rand, Roberts Tool Company, and Cristek Interconnects.

The industry Conversion Plan deploys the LES collaborative business system to help suppliers expand capabilities and achieve immediate and sustainable improvements in on-time delivery and quality performance, while reducing costs.

To learn more about HiTEM, visit their website at http://www.hitem.com. To learn more about SEA, visit the SEA website at http://www.seaonline.org.

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