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Tempo Automation to Collaborate with Lockheed Martin on PCBA Prototyping

This partnership will enable Lockheed Martin to create their products faster by increasing the levels of precision, predictability and speed

Tempo Automation, the world’s fastest electronics manufacturer for prototyping and low-volume production of printed circuit board assemblies (PCBAs), has inked a contract with global security and aerospace company Lockheed Martin.

Tempo aims to change the way electronics are developed by optimizing the process of creating prototypes with new levels of speed, precision and transparency. Its San Francisco-based connected factory is powered by proprietary automation software, creating an unbroken digital thread from design to delivery, enabling hardware developers to innovate faster.

“Tempo Automation believes that customers with the stature of advanced technology leaders, like Lockheed Martin, validate our technology as the fastest and most reliable PCBA prototyping partner for high complexity designs and as an enabler for rapid innovation,” said Jeff McAlvay, CEO of Tempo Automation.

“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,” he added.

Driving forward the future of manufacturing

Jeff Wilcox, Lockheed Martin’s vice president of Enterprise Transformation, noted that the company is entering a new era of growth, and the future of electronic design at Lockheed Martin is going to be digital.

Commenting on the new partnership, he said,  “We chose to work with Tempo Automation because they have focused their technology from the beginning to embrace software automation on both the front- and back-end, intended to create a digital thread from design to delivery.”

Tempo’s real-time order tracker allows customers to see exactly where in the manufacturing process their PCBAs are at any time, delivering a level of transparency and predictability not previously possible.

Ken Merchant, vice president of Lockheed Martin’s F-22 program, added, “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.”