Just Like Being There: APEX 2018 & Digital Building Blocks

For the industry to deliver smart factory or industry 4.0 solutions, certain foundations and building blocks need to be in place. The foundations are the same as they always were: manufacturing experience, expertise and agility, engineering rigor and now, more than ever, supply chain excellence. The building blocks that sit neatly on this foundation are like a Lego set of tools connected by a digital thread. 

These blocks include technologies like artificial intelligence (AI); augmented, virtual, and mixed reality (AR/VR/MR); digital twins; automation; robotics; and additive manufacturing (AM) or 3D Printing. Alongside these are the domain expertise building blocks that enable manufacturing. Things like optical inspection, component placement, solder paste printing, thermal processes and x-ray inspection all form another layer of building blocks. On top of those are industry knowledge blocks, like automotive, wearables, optics and much more. That’s a lot of moving parts all connected by a digital thread and creating the ability to deliver better products faster and more effectively. Figuring out how to orchestrate all of this is no mean feat and collaboration will be at the core of any success in this area. 

With that in mind, I asked one of the world’s largest manufacturing companies and two of the key associations they work with to share their vision on the future of digital building blocks in a collaborative industry. Dan Gamota, vice president, engineering & technology services at Jabil is an active member of many trade associations including IPC, SEMI, and International Electronics Manufacturing Initiative (iNEMI), and was equally eloquent discussing the importance of having these foundations and building blocks in place as talking about what could be achieved with even wider collaboration. Also on the panel were representatives of SEMI and iNEMI. Marc Benowitz is the new CEO of iNEMI. While he has only been in this role for five weeks, he has decades of experience in the industry. Ayo Kajopaiye, project leader at SEMI, has worked with committees from multiple industries and sectors. 

In this roundtable, you can hear about the projects they are working on together, as well as the way they see collaboration at company and association level accelerating progress. Click on the video below to hear what they said:

Filmed on location in San Diego at the SCOOPstudio with sponsorship from Aegis Software, Cogiscan, Fuji America, Jabil, KIC, Koh Young and Radius Innovation.

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