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In this issue, the biggest names in PCB manufacturing share their economic outlook for the upcoming year and beyond. As you will see, they were all bullish on our industry, but there was some apprehension as well. No one wants to get burned by another the supply chain disruption.
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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.
I just finished counting the percentage of times in which artificial intelligence/machine learning/data analytics topics appeared in the I-Connect007 news this week. What do you think the percentage is? AI has moved well beyond a technical term; heck, it has clearly also eclipsed catch-phrase status. It seems a foregone conclusion that AI applications will be inserting themselves into manufacturing just as they are appearing in our handheld devices. Speaking of handhelds, that market seems to be growing as well. This week’s five must-reads include smartphone market data, telecom infrastructure development, a new white paper on the influence of data analytics, a report on the European market, and the launch of a new podcast series on PCB 3.0, a new design methodology.
ViTrox, which aims to be the world’s most trusted technology company, is thrilled to announce its return to IPC APEX 2024, the largest electronics manufacturing event in North America. ViTrox eagerly invites visitors to explore our offerings at Booth #2642, Anaheim Convention Center, LA, from April 9th to 11th. During this time, we will unveil a series of cutting-edge inspection solutions poised to revolutionize manufacturing production lines.
Electronics Industry Praises U.S. Government Notice of Funding Opportunity for 'Advanced Packaging' Technologies02/29/2024 | IPC
IPC praised today’s issuance from the CHIPS for America R&D Office, through the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), of a Notice of Funding Opportunity (NOFO) for research and development activities that will establish and accelerate domestic capacity for advanced packaging substrates and substrate materials.
MKS Instruments, Inc., a global provider of technologies that transform our world, recently received the 2023 Outstanding Service Award from MFLEX, a global leader in flexible printed circuit board manufacturing and assembly. The award recognizes MKS for outstanding customer support and system service in high-production manufacturing environments.
Nano Dimension Ltd., a leading supplier of Additively Manufactured Electronics (“AME”) and multi-dimensional polymer, metal & ceramic Additive Manufacturing (“AM”) 3D printing solutions, today announced a series of updates covering its repurchase plan, repeat customer success, and an R&D milestone.