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An MES platform, designed specifically to meet the industry’s NPI and production management needs, might be the key to improving time to market, with assured quality in high volume production.
How the MES alleviates electronics manufacturers challenges through better integration and connected orchestration.
For 2022 and beyond, the priorities for the Electronics Assembly and SMT industries seem to be focused on digital transformation, increased supply chain visibility and improved organizational results in efficiency, cost and sustainability. How can manufacturers get ready?
While there are clear areas of convergence in terms of end use and performance among some electronic wearables and medical devices, it is important for EMS providers to understand that when it comes to the manufacturing of health monitoring electronic devices, similar (or the same) regulations affect the way a manufacturing process is configured, documented and validated.
When connected and deployed at the EMS provider’s side, the MES controls process route modelling among SMT, THT, Assembly and Test processes, BOM/CAD import and validation, defect management and work instruction creation, all of which are essential for a disciplined and well-orchestrated NPI project execution.
Electronics manufacturers feel the pressure to modify design functionality to account for component shortages. information silos prevent scaling and free flow of data from assembly lines to shop floor to enterprise, and then out to value chain partners.
With increased pressures on efficiency and reducing margins of error, management, logistics and storage of material becomes one of the most important aspects of shop floor management, if not the most important!
There is no shortage of data in SMT and electronics plants and their supply chains. The issue which plagues most fabs is the way in which a myriad of point solutions exist on the shop floor, existing in the process either due to due to legacy or custom solutions, or simply because there is not solution which overarches the entire process.
A modern MES is capable of providing manufacturers much more than traceability; in fact, the right MES data platform, which is IIoT enabled and has the capability of integrating with IT applications both from automation layer to the ERP/SCM/WMS layer, can act as the cornerstone to successfully answer market needs.