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Supply Chain Roundtable: Better Data Drives Better Decisions

In the surface mount technology (SMT) industry many equipment makers have been focused on what to do with data, how to collect and share it, and how to process it to produce better machine and line performance. Whilst this is important, it is also essential that those equipment makers continue to develop their machines and technology to produce better data. That might be better 3D optical images, better thermal profiles, better measurements, better x-ray images. What is clear is that it is only the combination of domain expertise with data manipulation that drives those line and factory improvements.

Another universal truth in the SMT industry is that connectivity needs to go well beyond machine. Companies that connect and collaborate are enjoying unprecedented success and driving the most additional value for their customers. At the recent IPC APEX 2019 Expo, a Saki inspection machine was present on the Fuji booth. This is one such example and a testament to the collaboration between companies. Tom Zabkiewicz, executive vice president at Fuji America and Alex Malek, vice president, sales and service at Saki America Inc., joined me to explore the collaboration and to discuss the value it adds to both companies and to their mutual customers.

The panelists also explore what a more data-centric approach could offer U.S. manufacturing in terms of competitiveness.

Filmed on location in San Diego at the SCOOP studio thanks to the sponsorship of Aegis Software, Cogiscan, Creative Electron, Fuji America, KIC and Koh Young Technology.

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