Industry 4.0 has increased the demand for smart software platforms that make electronics manufacturing equipment work better.
Electronics and software are inseparable in today’s world. This is also the case with present-day electronics manufacturing equipment, as it will not work without the right software. In fact, it’s the software that manages and automates the complete electronics manufacturing process today. According to industry veterans, the ‘smart’ factory offers huge advantages and must be seen as a long-term investment to sustain and grow a business. A few advantages of a smart factory are listed below.
Lower cost: Optimised processes lead to cost efficiency. This is achieved by predictable inventory requirements, and reduced process and operations variability. A better quality process also means an integrated view of the supply network with rapid, no-latency responses, thus lowering costs further. And because a better quality process also leads to a higher quality product, it results in lower warranty and maintenance costs.
Asset efficiency: Every process in a smart factory generates data, and through constant analysis of this data problems with the performance of assets can be detected and optimised. This enhances the efficiency of these assets.
Quality: The smart factory enables self-optimisation; so defects and other problematic trends can be predicted and detected sooner than in conventional setups. It can then make corrective adjustments to ensure that quality is not compromised. This enhances production and reduces the recall of defective products, as well as of rework and repairs.
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