Why Smart Manufacturing?

By Maria Mosto
Envision the future of electronics manufacturing

Most electronics companies have digitalized their operations piecemeal over time. This is because their processes have expanded and changed as their businesses have evolved. And, they have applied point solutions to meet their production needs. As a result, they use homegrown solutions to fill the gaps and connect systems in a patchwork fashion. This approach works fine today. But it takes a substantial investment in time and resources to maintain.

Smart manufacturing breaks down silos

Smart manufacturing delivers significant competitive advantages over traditional approaches. It does this by connecting valuable data that’s locked inside many siloed systems. The data in those systems is then visible in context to all stakeholders. This results in a single source of reliable information. This is a single source of truth or a digital thread. The digital thread works by connecting a framework of engineering/manufacturing operations and systems. And it delivers the right information to the right place at the right time. Also, by feeding production data back into the value chain, you create a closed-loop process that continuously improves product design and production processes. View the on-demand webinar to learn more…

Reducing new product introduction (NPI) cycle times

Companies are looking at smart manufacturing solutions to reduce their new product introduction (NPI) cycle times. To do this, they need lean, agile manufacturing capabilities. Simulation is a critical part of this strategy. It provides an accurate digital twin to prove new product designs and production systems before reaching production. With MES’s addition, you connect and extract business value from manufacturing processes, equipment, and data. The manufacturing execution system (MES) ensures that quality and efficiency are built into the manufacturing process. It ensures that production plans are proactively and systematically enforced. The result is complete visibility, control, and optimization of production processes across the enterprise. At the same time, companies also gain visibility, traceability, and trust. Ultimately the goal is to deliver the highest quality products on-time with the lowest possible production cost. Download the infographic to learn more about traceability and trust in electronics production..

Smart manufacturing answers these questions:

Know that your electronic product can be built as designed.

That your production strategy and processes will work.

That the production plan is efficient, up-to-date and synchronized.

That the production equipment is working efficiently.

That production is performing as planned, with quality results.

See how smart manufacturing solutions enable Electrolux to lower costs by 15 to 20 percent while improving quality

Proving the business benefits of smart manufacturing

As a major industrial electronics manufacturer and the world’s leading supplier of programmable logic controllers (PLCs), Siemens has fully embraced the smart manufacturing approach, with quantifiable shop floor and business benefits. Read more about this approach in IEEE Spectrum.

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