The need for continuous innovation characterizes consumer electronics and semiconductor manufacturing perhaps more than any other industry. The market is always hungry for the next exciting tech gadget, and with each new product release comes a host of options for customization. Individual customers want items with their favorite colors, just the right amount of memory, and whatever features they prize the most. Semiconductor manufacturers see a need to produce processors with varying speeds and power requirements so that they can be incorporated into tablets, phones and all sorts of different device formats.
To meet the needs of the market while retaining the ability to rapidly innovate, semiconductor and electronics manufacturers are increasingly relying on a flexible manufacturing strategy. This white paper discusses several strategies for ensuring the efficiency, throughput and transparency of flexible manufacturing systems for device makers and electronics.
- Using software to manage new products and traceability
- Keeping flexible systems efficient with automation technology
- Adding more variability with vision-guided robotics
- Leveraging data to optimize complex processes (i.e. interaction / SECS/GEM compliance)