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Registration: From Raw Data to Intelligent ManufacturingNovember 27, 2023 | Andrew Kelley, XACTPCB LTD
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While previous industrial revolutions have introduced factories, mass production, and computer-controlled systems, the advent of Industry 4.0 and the concept of the Smart factory have ushered in a new era in PCB manufacturing. For the PCB industry it is a very ambitious and aspirational objective to evolve from disconnected processes to an integrated system with automated data capture, real-time data analysis, process visualization, autonomous control, and self-correcting processes.
Industry experts claim that those who fail to engage will rapidly fall behind, however, the paradigm shift that this revolution brings to manufacturing has left many plant managers wondering where and how to start the process of implementation. The reality is that implementation of a Smart factory is not a one-size-fits-all approach, and companies need to adapt their existing systems, process, and infrastructures to embrace this transformation gradually.
In the PCB manufacturing plant, there is a profusion of design and production data that is held in many places and in many different formats. There is an opportunity to incorporate this information with data gathered in real time from manufacturing processes to provide intelligent analysis, derived actions, and control immediately for use throughout the manufacturing process chain. Very few companies will start a Smart manufacturing implementation from nothing. The key will be to understand how to adapt existing systems, process, and infrastructures to the requirements of the Smart factory. A step-by-step implementation focused on key aspects of manufacturing will allow the benefits to be realized soon. Therefore, the smart manufacturing solutions implemented should be modular, scalable, and flexible. This approach allows businesses to establish proof of concept, leverage existing equipment, and strengthen their infrastructure without the need for building entirely new factories. To embark on this journey successfully, it is crucial to harness the power of data and transform it into actionable information and knowledge.
To read this entire article, which appeared in the November 2023 issue of PCB007 Magazine, click here.
One of my great joys as a grandfather of eight is spending time with them at the park. It doesn't take too long until I'm getting stuck on a slide that is too small for me or on the seesaw, with me on one side and them trying to lift me. At that point, they learn some harsh lessons in physics and how heavy Grandpa really is. A seesaw is a relatively simple device, but it’s a great way to explain a rather complex concept in PCB design: design tradeoffs. Each decision made throughout a design comes with inherent pros and cons.
NEOTech Launches World-Class NPI and Electronics Manufacturing Center of Excellence in Silicon Valley, Northern CA02/20/2024 | NEOTech
NEOTech, a leading provider of electronic manufacturing services (EMS), design engineering, and supply chain solutions in the high-tech industrial, medical device, and aerospace/defense markets, is excited to announce the upcoming launch of a state-of-the-art New Product Introduction (NPI) and electronics manufacturing center of excellence at its Fremont, CA facility.
It’s easy to get distracted in an election year. A constant stream of polls, primaries, and political prognostications will surely dominate the media cycle. Elections are important, but they should not distract the 118th Congress from the important work of securing our fragile supply chains and rebuilding microelectronics manufacturing capacity on our own shores.
Each quarter, IPC releases a list of standards that are new or have been updated. To view a complete list of newly published standards and standards revisions, translations, proposed standards for ballot, final drafts for industry review, working drafts, and project approvals, visit ipc.org/status.
GlobalFoundries, Biden-Harris Administration Announce CHIPS and Science Act Funding for Essential Chip Manufacturing02/19/2024 | GlobalFoundries
The U.S. Department of Commerce announced $1.5 billion in planned direct funding for GlobalFoundries (GF) as part of the U.S. CHIPS and Science Act. This investment will enable GF to expand and create new manufacturing capacity and capabilities to securely produce more essential chips for automotive, IoT, aerospace, defense, and other vital markets.