17 Oct 2022 -
 General

Five trends to watch in electronics manufacturing

What will the factory of the future look like? According to EE Times, they will be chock-a-block with technologies that improve manufacturing operations, making them safer for workers while decreasing costs – augmented/virtual reality (AR/VR), the IoT and the industrial IoT (IIoT) and artificial intelligence (AI).

The five trends to watch are:

  • AR/VR: VR and AR aid communication and buy-in during product development. The result is reduced technical risk, with a greater probability components and products will be fit for purpose.
  • ZERO TRUST CYBER AND PHYSICAL SECURITY: A practice called zero trust can be applied to manufacturing, meaning parties never give automatic approval to any entity that tries to access a facility or a network — whether that person is an employee or a manufacturer’s most reliable supplier. A hacker may get access to one data segment or a single resource. However, they’d have to successfully enter numerous others before causing the kind of damage associated with data breaches when companies do not use a zero-trust strategy.
  • DIGITIZATION, THE IOT AND THE IIOT: Factories are getting smarter — the IoT/IIoT enable sensors, applications, and associated networking equipment to work together to collect, monitor and analyze data from industrial operations. This data, in turn, provides information that can be used to enhance the manufacturing process.
  • AI AND PREDICTIVE MAINTENANCE: Predictive maintenance reduces factory downtime and related costs, and AI plays a role in quality, scrap reduction and inventory/demand forecasting.
  • GREEN/SUSTAINABILITY: Sustainable supply: the long-term viability of vendors, on-hand inventory and dependable logistics. Many electronics companies are designing products based more on component availability than on price or performance.

To avoid electronics supply-chain disruptions, you may also wish to consult an expert in electronics component supply. With more than three decades of supply-chain expertise, Astute Electronics is ideally placed to work with you on your daily component requirements.

For more help with looking at supply chain options, contact Astute Electronics

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