Data I/O® has developed new programming technology
and a comprehensive business strategy for managing
the firmware supply chain, where device programming
is optimized and costs are minimized to meet todays
dynamic production needs. One of the key elements
of this strategy is the ability to easily communicate
and seamlessly transfer algorithms, data files, and
programming profiles up and down the supply chain.
Data I/Os vision is lean manufacturing based
on just-in-time programming, minimized inventory,
and flexible manufacturing.
Since the company introduced the worlds first
commercial programmer in 1972, it has consulted with
hundreds of leading electronics manufacturers and
developed solutions for a wide variety of applications
across many industries. Currently, Data I/O is evolving
its vision by working with SMA manufacturers such
as Siemens, Universal, Fuji, Assembleon, and others
to create JIT programming solutions.
A number of advanced technologies support this strategic
vision. First, Data I/O customers benefit from versatile
system architectures that can be integrated into existing
business processes to maximize production output and
For example, Data I/Os FlashPAK manual programming
system combines an expandable architecture with high
speed Flash programming. As a result, customers can
operate leaner and more profitably on small programming
runs, yet also operate more efficiently on larger
Second, Data I/Os TaskLink® for Windows ®
software provides a platform that allows programming
job profiles (algorithm, data file and programming
parameters) to be passed seamlessly from design through
manufacturing to final configuration and even field
maintenance. This lowers development costs and speeds
time to market because the user does not have to setup
the equipment at each stage of the manufacturing process.
A third level of technology is networking capability,
which provides a mechanism for central management,
monitoring and control of intellectual property as
it moves through the design, new product introduction,
mass production, deployment and maintenance processes.
This technology helps assure programming is current,
secure, traceable and failsafe. Data I/Os Connected
Programming Strategy creates a unified programming
solution connecting engineering to manufacturing,
business processes to business systems, and the programming
supply chain to its users.
Finally, innovative programming solutions like the
ProLINE-RoadRunner are providing high-volume
manufacturers a way to program the exact number of
devices required without interrupting the flow of
production and without having to maintain and manage
multiple inventories of pre-programmed devices. This,
by definition is Just-In-Time programming.
Data I/Os corporate business strategy is to grow
by building partnerships with companies that seek
leaner manufacturing methods. By helping companies
manufacture more efficiently and therefore more profitably,
Data I/O increases the value of its programming solutions
and encourages companies to standardize on technology
that will help the electronics industry across the
entire firmware supply chain.