Supply Chain Services

The Supply Chain PLUS+

Gardien Supply Chain PLUS+ (SCP+) is a shortened and energetic cycle that unlocks new opportunities
and markets, modernizes the traditional business structure, bridging the gap between the purchaser and
the manufacturer of PCB boards.

What Is It?

This business concept is a contemporary approach to quality assurance solutions, providing you professional support for acquiring boards (through well-established suppliers) as well as expert and independent testing and inspection for their quality assurance.

Gardien is committed to seeing everything through your eyes so we can provide you with consistent high quality, coupled with the highest value of quality assurance.

We are right beside you as your partners, acting on your behalf, through the whole journey from procurement right till the shipping of tested boards, skilfully avoiding all the associated hurdles. As your partner in quality assurance, the Gardien SCP+ team can follow the PCB orders through the whole quality testing process including shipping of tested boards.

How This Works For You?

The illustration below shows how we are able to establish a professional PCB purchase-and-test control system that meets and even exceeds your needs in terms of quality, reliability, cost effectiveness and traceability. It further demonstrates how we can be your trustworthy quality guardians, offering a shortened and more energetic cycle between the purchasers and manufacturers.

This innovative supply chain lets you pay for only the boards that pass our stringent and unbiased quality as­surance and get Gardien’s seal of approval. Using this innovative SCP+  solution, you only pay for the PCBs that pass the agreed upon quality assurance and this is documented by Gardien’s seal of approval.

The 2-way supply chain eliminates all non-value added activities and focuses on only what is crucial – the quality of the boards being shipped out and just-in-time delivery performance.

The Supply Chain PLUSProcess:

  1. The PCB purchaser selects one or more supplier from our list of network partners. The purchase order is sent directly to the selected companies. The Gardien team provides full support to choose the most appropriate fabricator, keeping in view process capabilities, materials, manufacturing as well as infrastructure and potential delivery performance.
  2. Post-order, Gardien ensures specifications are implemented and inspections are carried out in accordance with the agreed upon preconditions. Conducting continuous on-site monitoring, testing and inspection, the SCP+ team acts as your trusted partner, ensuring that no out-of-agreed specification, quality variance or discrepancies occur.

With Gardien’s service centres spread strategically, quality controls are then carried out in local pre-existing facilities, optimizing on-time delivery without additional efforts. This tremendously reduces the auditing efforts on your end.

Gardien’s Integrate service solution has been supporting the PCB industry and PCB fabricators since 1981 . We have integrated with several of our network partners within their facility – being on-site and having an ‘insider’s view’ – while conducting our unbiased and reliable testing. This provides an ‘insider’s view’ of the manufacturing process and allows for detailed and reliable conformity testing.

Before shipping out the tested PCBs through a logistics partner, we provide the purchaser with all the necessary conformity certificates and documentation for easy traceability and quality purposes and also, the op­tion to respond to any non-conformity that may have arisen. In case of any problems, the buyer has the possibility to react early to possible deviations.

In-Process Tracking

A digital thread running through the supply chain not only helps improve performance and reduce costs, it is also fundamental in delivering a more flexible and responsive process. It further enables optimum efficiency and reduces the risk of human error.

OnTrack Digital Tracking, Gardien’s self-developed ERP tool, offers instant visibility into order progress – delivering constant real-time updates on order status, shipping dates, etc.
Recording each process and each step in production, digital tracking data is securely maintained in our databases thus ensuring traceability and transparency at all times.

 

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How You Benefit?

INCREASED PROFITABILITY

Your success is always on the top of our minds. Increasing the overall profitability of your business by keeping non-value added activities out of the system is our primary objective. With this goal in mind, Gardien will be your growth and development partner, providing consistent quality assurance, always.

PROPER DOCUMENTATION

You are equipped by us with all quality assurance related documentation and certification as soon as all tests and inspections are completed and even before boards are shipped. A seamless supply chain and proactive management is a vital part of delivering a consistently superior customer experience which is a goal Gardien fully supports you in.

INCREASED VISIBILITY AND TRANSPARENCY

You benefit from our full visibility and first hand data sharing about the manufacturer – whether they are ‘real’ or not – which gives you certainty about them.  Furthermore, throughout the whole quality assurance process, transparency is always maintained through OnTrack Digital Tracking– each step of the process is visible to you, and key business metrics can be accessed at your fingertips at any given point. This helps you further strengthen customer loyalty and retention.

KNOWING THE SOURCE

You can avoid fabless PCB suppliers (not having fabrication facilities of their own) with Gardien being your continuous auditing partner close by or even on-site of your chosen supplier. This way, the origin is always known, helping you building customer loyalty and retention. We are globally local in 6 countries, including China, Taiwan, Japan, USA, Canada and Germany.

SECURE DIGITAL FOOTPRINT

You get guaranteed digital traceability, with Gardien ensuring a secure and protected digital footprint, at every step of the process. The detailed overview not only includes the product status but also reaches as deep as data from individual results of the tested and inspected boards, historical information and even all the quality certificates provided by Gardien. While the process is constantly monitored, it is done so in a secure manner and is available only to you.

Traceability is a requirement by the high-reliability market segment because even slight deviations can be catastrophic and the supply chain manager must be in control of the entire supply chain. Even if high reliability is not the market you are in, you can benefit from the same security without additional costs with our OnTrack tracking, tracing and control system.

UNBIASED OBJECTIVITY

You can avoid fabless PCB suppliers (not having fabrication facilities of their own) with Gardien being your continuous auditing partner close by or even on-site of your chosen supplier. This way, the origin is always known, helping you building customer loyalty and retention. We are globally local in 6 countries, including China, Taiwan, Japan, USA, Canada and Germany.

EXPERTS SINCE 1981

You benefit from the expert testers at Gardien, which has been the largest independent quality assurance solutions provider across the world since 1981. During this time, only PCB fabricators had access to Gardien’s services. With the Supply Chain Plus+, Gardien Group is expanding its offering of a total supply chain to EMS, OEM and ODM companies. We have professional, skilled and committed teams led by forward-thinking leaders that set high performance standards. We are committed to delivering superior value to you.

Interested?

Contact us to know more about our suppy chain services.

 

KEVIN SYVRET

FINANCE DIRECTOR, NORTH AMERICA

Mr. Syvret joined Gardien Services Canada as Financial Controller in 2001 and assumed the role of Finance Director North America in 2007. Over the past 20 years, Mr. Syvret has held senior finance and accounting roles, including with Canadian Pacific Ltd and Sprint Inc.

NIRAJ PATEL

VICE PRESIDENT, GARDIEN NORTH AMERICA

Mr. Niraj Patel joined the company on a part time basis in 1993 while attending college full time. He worked in various positions until he graduated from the Centennial College Computer Systems Technology program, whereupon he was hired full time. He progressed through several testing and CAM department positions and was appointed North American CAM Manager in 1998. After 18 years with the company, Mr. Patel was promoted to Senior Vice President of Operations, Gardien Services Canada Inc. in 2011. In January, 2015 Mr. Patel became Vice President NA of the newly combined organizational unit North America which includes the Canada and USA.

TODD KOLMODIN

VICE PRESIDENT QUALITY, NORTH AMERICA

Mr. Todd Kolmodin, a native to the Pacific Northwest was born in Seattle Washington. At a young age he moved to the Portland Oregon area. In March of 1986 he graduated from ITT Technical Institute with a degree in Electronics Engineering Technology. Todd began his tenure in the Electrical Test field that same year.  Todd spent eight years working in an independent testing facility in Wilsonville Oregon where he built skills in all aspects of Electrical Test and Quality Assurance. 

Todd then spent a short term with Yamamoto Corporation on their Engineering staff covering PCB drill, finishing and Electrical Test before joining Probe Test Fixtures in 1995. His charge was CAM and Fixuring Manager.  Todd joined the Gardien Group in September 1998 continuing the same roll and taking on the responsibilities of Quality Manager for Oregon operations. In 2008 Mr. Kolmodin was promoted to Vice President Quality USA. In this position Mr. Kolmodin oversees and maintains the Gardien ITAR registration, ISO Multi-Site registration and multiple site Lab Suitability with the Defense Logistics Agency Land and Maritime. Now also maintaining the Gardien QMS system Todd now serves as Vice President Quality North America.

Mr. Kolmodin is also a published columnist and Technical Presenter with multiple appearances at the IPC Apex Expo Conferences in both San Diego and Las Vegas. 

ROLAND VALENTINI

CHIEF OPERATING OFFICER

Mr. Valentini was appointed COO in July 2010 after successfully serving as head of North American operations since 2005.

Roland has over ten years’ experience in the PCB industry, including sales, service, and project management at Atotech GmbH, Germany mainly relating to PCB plating equipment.
He has significant sales experience from his tenure at Mack Rides GmbH and headed up worldwide installations for Lurgi Bischoff GmbH.

Mr. Valentini received a Master’s Degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Mannheim, Germany.

RICHARD HORSMAN

EXECUTIVE CHAIRMAN

Prior to Richard joining Gardien in September 2014, he was Chairman/CEO of tool chain vendor Atego Group Systems Limited which was sold to PTC Inc.

Prior to joining Atego, Richard held a number of Executive and Non-Executive roles including Senior Independent Non-Executive Director of Plethora Solutions, an AIM listed Pharmaceutical Company and CEO of AIM listed Cybit Holdings plc. where he grew the company from inception to revenues of over 25 million and took the company through multiple acquisitions before managing a sale of the business to Francisco Partners.

Richard previously held a number of senior roles in the Software industry.

RICK MERAW

GROUP VICE PRESIDENT QUALITY

Mr. Meraw was appointed Group Vice President of Quality in Jan 2015 after successfully  serving as Senior Vice President of USA operations since 2011.  Prior to being responsible for USA operations Mr Meraw was responsible for Canadian operations since 2001.

Rick has over twenty years’ experience with Gardien Group and has various roles including, service technician, customer liaison, Quality manager, technical support, project management, and software design/ implementation.

In June 1992 he graduated with an Electronic Engineering Technologist degree, with honors from a local community college.

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