Standardized data exchange is key to achieving a smart factory

An integrated data exchange and communication protocol for design, process, and manufacturing is critical in transitioning to a smart factory.

Printed circuit board assembly (PCBA) manufacturing encompasses design, process engineering, and production. However, the lack of data standardization between stages often leads to fragmented interfaces, lack of machine control, and expenses related to consolidating data into enterprise systems. Integrating data exchange is vital to harnessing the breakthrough strengths of the smart factory, including the capacity to create a digital twin – which is vital to accurately predict key performance characteristics before investing in physical prototypes and production assets. In order to successfully evolve into a smart factory, manufacturers need to rethink how to use standardized data formats and interfaces to maximize their full potential.

Electronics manufacturers need to see and understand all data in real-time throughout the PCB assembly process. But inconsistent data formats, fragmented interfaces and lack of machine control make this a challenge. Learn about the technology infrastructure needed to unify data across PCB design, process engineering and production.

Improve efficiency and quality in smart electronics manufacturing by:

  • Accurately predict key performance characteristics before investing in physical prototypes
  • Create a comprehensive digital twin for each stage of the PCB assembly process using existing software and assets
  • Enable rapid machine programming and product definition that can withstand change
  • Collect and analyze real production data and feed it back into development