© Tempo Automation Electronics Production | March 25, 2019
Smart manufacturer Tempo Automation wins deal with Lockheed Martin
Tempo Automation, a San Francisco-based electronics manufacturer specializing in ultra-fast prototyping and low-volume production of PCBAs, announced a contract agreement with global security and aerospace company Lockheed Martin.
In a release, Jeff Wilcox, Lockheed Martin’s VP of Enterprise Transformation cited Tempo’s embrace of software automation on both the front- and back-end, which creates “a digital thread from design to delivery.” Tempo Automation’s proprietary software connects customer engagement, price quoting, order processing, parts sourcing, factory operations, and shipment of finished PCB assemblies. The company’s real-time order tracker allows customers to see exactly where in the manufacturing process their PCBAs are at any time. A key benefit for customers is that they can “reduce the timeline—from concept to prototype to product launch—and gain key insights throughout the manufacturing process, resulting in superior technology in finished products,” according to the release. Tempo CEO Jeff McAlvay said, “Through our unbroken digital thread, between the design files of electrical engineers and all the processes on our factory floor, Lockheed Martin will benefit from having total transparency over their PCBA orders and will also gain key insights that can be applied to their development process, ultimately creating better products, faster.” “The flight line is our center of gravity—it’s where we are delivering integrated sustainment capabilities to ensure our customers’ aircraft are mission-ready anytime and anywhere,” said Ken Merchant, vice president of Lockheed Martin’s F-22 program. “We look forward to working with Tempo Automation and their agile hardware development to further increase levels of precision, predictability, and speed, as well as to share new ideas to help drive forward the future of manufacturing.”