The idea of factories around the world that work in harmony, delivering products to the market closest to them, is not a new one. In fact, a harmonious global manufacturing footprint was a real growth driver of the entire electronics manufacturing services (EMS) industry from the turn of the last century and before. It drove numerous acquisitions and led many companies to create equipment sets that could be repeated in numerous locations around the world.
What is new is the digital transformation of that model, at least in the EMS sector. It seems that in the semiconductor world this has been a reality for years. At the recent annual IPC APEX Expo 2019, I decided to invite a few industry experts to discuss the concept of ‘connected manufacturing ecosystems’ and the value they offer.
With insight gained from years of real experience in the semiconductor industry, Ranjan Chatterjee, vice president and general manager, Smart Factory Business for Cimetrix, joined me, Oren Manor, director of Business Development at Mentor Graphics, and Jason Spera, CEO of Aegis Software to mull over the possibilities and challenges.
In this roundtable, the panelists discuss, where value can be added, as well as take a look at the essential building blocks, such connectivity, interfaces and interface standards, anonymizing data, and much more.
Filmed on location in San Diego at the SCOOP studio through the support of Aegis Software, Cogiscan, Creative Electron, Fuji America, KIC and Koh Young Technology.