Liquid crystal displays (LCDs) and organic light emitting diodes (OLEDs) have revolutionized everything from your TV to your mobile phone. And unless you’re one of the last to still be using a blinking 40-pound CRT monitor, even your computer screen probably uses the technology. Characterized by two glass panels with an organic substance or two electrodes with liquid crystals between them, OLEDs and LCDs weigh next to nothing, draw little power, and are everywhere you look.
As Korea, Japan, and China continue their long battle for dominance of the consumer electronics world market, it’s a great time to be in the business of manufacturing these display technologies. It’s an even better time to be in the business of manufacturing the machines that manufacture these display technologies.
Just ask LIG ADP. The Korean company designs and produces equipment for manufacturing LCDs and OLEDs. Its products include equipment for dry etching, vacuum alignment, inspection, and metal organic chemical vapor deposition—all in demand by electronics companies in Korea and internationally.
In Korea alone, mobile phones, semiconductors, and LCDs make up 76% of the country’s exports (think Samsung and LG). And while Korea became a “global display powerhouse” through partnerships (think Sony and Philips) and daring investments (think more than $1.2B) in the late 1990s, China and Sharp are talking about their own deal now.
At the same time, product developers and material scientists are exploring flexible OLED sheets, like epaper, just a fraction of a millimeter thick. Curve them and you could be looking at a new approach to 3D display.
Clearly, competition is heating up, and innovation is powering ahead.
Like anyone attached to the business of high-tech electronics, LIG ADP knows that it’s got to be ready to respond to market conditions quickly. So, the company worked with PTC authorized reseller DIGITEK to tune up its product development processes.
Large assemblies needed to be managed as efficiently as possible. The company has little time for babysitting models as they load and refresh on screen, no matter how large. Time-to-market can always be better. And, ultimately, innovation needs to be supported.
So, LIG ADP adopted PTC Windchill for top-of-the-line data management. The company also added PTC Creo View, which allows anyone to load, view, inspect, and share designs easily, even for those who aren’t CAD experts. With PTC Creo Parametric, of course, engineers use the state-of-the-art design tools with a broad range of powerful yet flexible capabilities for working with electro-mechanical design, late design changes, and multi-CAD environments.
DIGITEK reports that with the PTC software, LIG ADP has cut the time and costs of making design modifications by 20%. Meeting times and costs for design and review cycles have gone down too.
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