FEATURE AUTOMOTIVE ELECTRONICS
THE PASS EMS 2.0, Industry automat
There’s been a lot of talk about Indu been theoretical. Bruno Racault, pres companies, how it can be deployed f ecosystem and how this adds value f
CODE IS DIGITA y 4.0 and the digitisati ted manufacturing
AL ion of
stry 4.0 over the last few years, much of which has sident of All Circuits, explores what it mean for digital transformation within the manuf for consumers
which has ns for EMS facturing
cheaper and helping them to manage the ebb and flow of demand by
them to manage demand by bringing
other businesses into the same facilit y. Thus, the industry g
fiercely competitive sect The world has become more sophisticated, as have the brands t h i
outsource their manufacturing. Now, EMS companies do so much more than just assemble PCBs:
involved with production and product lifecycle management, from ideation to end-of-life. But services remain a key part of the indust
ability to provide a broad range of A s Industry 4.0 pushes the
manufacturing ecosy stem further towards full digitisation, it is important for companies such as All Circuits to keep up-to-date with contemporary methods and solut ions. This is essential to making the best product that meets the industry ’s standards. These factors
contribut ed and led to what All Circuits refers t o as the Digit-All plan.
THE GLASS FACTORY With many customers seeking
aut omotive products, traceabilit y is table stakes. The next level after traceability is real-time transparency. The value ransition owards transparency
that this t t
adds is indispensable, a strategy referred to as ‘the glass factory’.
What this entails is the complete
visibility of production and manufacturing for customers in real-time. In turn, this enables better prediction and planning going forward, particularly in the case of unexpected disruptions.
DIGITAL TRANSFORMATION OF THE MANUFACTURING PROCESS
Moving from a successful aut omation process to a digital process is not as
simple as it seems. So, part of the Digit - All strategy will involve the digitisation of all our processes.
24 APRIL 2019 | ELECTRONICS That means ever
chain and business processes will become digitised
all, everything manufact
ry part of the supply ess processes will
d and connected. After manufacturers want to
achieve with intelligent sy stems such as the deployment of AI, can only exist on a fully connected platform.
This includes purchasing, the supply chain, HR and t raining, accounting and finance, all of which will become digitised in the not-so distant fut ure. The future of EMS requires a digitally transformed business. Only this will deliver further performance benefits, greater consist ency and quality.
SO, WHAT DOES EMS 2.0 LOOK LIKE? The EMS industry started by offering a simple outsourced service. It took materials and data from the original equipment manufacturer (OEM) or brand and const ructed t he product, according to specific work instructions. In many cases this was simply the assembly of P CBs in volume. However, the model soon developed and EMS companies started to take over the purchasing element, through the leveraging of the
combined bill of mat erials spending of it s respective customers.
Further t o this, many EMS companies acquired the factories of their OEM customers, making t heir products
nufacturing. Now, so much more than they are directly ction and product nt, from ideation services remain a strial wheel: the broad range of
ve the brands that f
services from research and development, through to industrialisation and after- market management, like recalls, retrofits or recycling.
rch and development, alisation and after- nt, like recalls, g.
WHAT WILL EMS 2 Bruno Ra of All Circuits
cault, president cuits
So, EMS 2.0, will look very different to the current EMS model. Customers and vendors will engage with each ot attentively, sharing dat develop and distribut with the least possible frict manufacturing ecosys and augmented intelligence t decisions on design, on aut configuration, on sup and much more.
2.0 GROW INTO? k very different to del. Customers and with each other more ata and insight to e new products
e friction. Digital stems will use human ligence to make better on automation, on line pply chain planning
Meanwhile, customers will have access to more data and choice, allowing them to order a personalised product online and know exactly whe order will be fulfilled by manufacturing ecosys latest technology from
ers will have access oice, allowing them ed product online en and how that by an on-demand stem, using the
reality and more. The challenge is noy and more. T longer who is the biggest manufacturer. The ch in the Fourth Industrial R is the smartest manufact
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