Lectronics at IPC APEX 2017

Davina McDonnell Press

During the week of February 13th, Jason Sciberras, Manufacturing Manager, and Tom Scales, IT Manager, attended IPC APEX in San Diego, CA. While perusing potential new equipment vendors, and connecting with current preferred suppliers, Jason and Tom also had the unique opportunity to discuss the new trends and technological advancements, specifically related to the Internet of Manufacturing (IoM), within the …

Exponential Technologies: Improving the Manufacturing Process

Davina McDonnell Blog

The final main characteristic of Industry 4.0 is the impact of exponential technologies as a catalyst for improvements in the manufacturing process. These improvements include flexibility, cutting of costs, and customized solutions. These exponential technologies often refer to Artificial Intelligence (AI), complicated robotics, and extremely advanced sensor technologies.  Initially, these types of technologies were not entirely accessible for smaller companies, …

Through-engineering Across the Entire Value Chain

Davina McDonnell Blog

Through-engineering across the entire value chain is the third main characteristic of Industry 4.0, following Vertical Networking and Horizontal Integration. Through-engineering encompasses the idea that the focus in manufacturing shouldn’t just be on the production process, but also on the end product. Through-engineering focuses on the entire product life cycle, as an effortless process that happens during the production stages …

Horizontal Integration & Industry 4.0

Davina McDonnell Blog

The second main characteristic of Industry 4.0 is horizontal integration via a new generation of global value chain networks. These networks are optimized networks that integrate customers and business partners, as well as new business and cooperation models across countries. Process chains become increasingly transparent and flexible. The process chain’s flexibility is vitally important when it comes to customer-specific adaptations. …

Industry 4.0 and Saline Lectronics

Davina McDonnell Blog

The concept of “Industry 4.0” is becoming increasingly important. Industry 4.0 is a term used to describe the concept of the “Smart Factory,” – i.e., one in which the process of manufacturing is automated and “cyber physical” systems are able to communicate with one another and work together to achieve a common goal. This fourth industrial revolution is made possible …