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A smart factory environment represents a leap from traditional automation to a fully connected and flexible system which can use a constant stream of data from connected operations to learn and adapt to new demands. Connectivity within the manufacturing environment is not new, but the convergence of digital and operational technologies have made a tremendous transformation in the supply chain. Smart manufacturing employing computer controls, modeling, big data, and other automation are improving manufacturing efficiencies at a large scale. Smart manufacturing aims to take benefits out of advanced technologies to enable flexibility in physical processes to address a dynamic and global market.
Best-in-class Manufacturing Operations Management solutions for the electronics industry expand digital threads throughout the entire design. The solutions include manufacturing execution, material management, planning, quality management, scheduling, and making intelligence capabilities, with direct connectivity to machines and production lines.
Electronics manufacturers’ digital landscape has expanded as the technologies evolved and most manufacturers have digitized their operations over time. To reap digitalization’s potential benefits, electronics manufacturers need integrated smart manufacturing solutions that break down the silos created by applying solutions for an individual function. An integrated solution that covers the entire electronics development and manufacturing lifecycle can establish the digitization that supports collaboration and horizontal integration across all disciplines.
This new smart manufacturing enables a seamless flow of product and production data from PLM to manufacturing execution. The ease of connection to production machinery will make it easy to deploy the solution across the company. On the other hand, these new capabilities entail risks, especially concerning IT security. All of the data including BOMs, CAD drawings, component prices, production quantities, product plans along with other sensitive data needs to be protected. Electronics manufacturing companies have already started investing money to keep information safe from malicious actors.