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Just Like Being There: Productronica 2017 & SMT in the Augmented Age

In electronics manufacturing today, our relationship with machines, tools, or software is changing from that of master and servant to something that is more collaborative and augmented. The augmented age creates an exciting opportunity to use technology in a new way. Augmented reality, robotics, automation and artificial intelligence all allow us to augment our intellectual ability, our capacity to manage big data and even our physical capability. As augmented humans, we provide a better stronger resource in the workplace.

Virtual reality tools like the Microsoft HoloLens are finding their way on to the surface mount technology (SMT) line with companies using them to show what is happening inside machines and support diagnosis and maintenance from afar. Heads up displays can bring an expert to the line without the need to travel. Artificial intelligence driven by major technology companies like IBM, with its Watson offering, is assisting in the development of cognitive machine learning and supply chain intelligence.

At Productronica, one of the largest electronic manufacturing events in the world, plenty of people were working to sort out how these technologies are and will change the nature of manufacturing. Held earlier this month, in Munich, Germany, the show attracted more than 2,000 exhibiting companies and 55,000 visitors.

I moderated on such conversation and we were able to look at how a combination of new technologies and engineering rigor can be leveraged to ensure the high standards of quality, performance and repeatability required for high volume industrial manufacturing.  This panel is comprised of Jörg Richstein, senior director of engineering services at Jabil;  Jason Spera, CEO of Aegis Software’ and One company at the forefront of the use of new technology in manufacturing is contract manufacturer Jabil., joins me on this panel to explain how they are using new technologies and applying engineering rigor required to ensure they can meet Jörg and I were joined by Michael Manansala, vice president of technology at Zollner.

Click below to hear that conversation and then let us know what you think in the comments section below. 

Filmed on location in the SCOOPstudio  under the sponsorship of Aegis, Cogiscan, Jabil, KIC, Koh Young and Radius Innovation.

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