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The Right Approach for the Right Reasons

Flashback a few years ago and think of the conversations you had with your colleagues and friends. How often did the topic of algorithms come up? We’re hedging not that frequently (unless of course you’re a math professor or parent of a teenager). Now, think of how often the word algorithm sneaks into your conversations…When it comes to human experiences, design, innovations, and helping the user – algorithms are making an impact. What we want to know and caution is in the use of these all-knowing algorithms for the right reasons.

Traceability, Blockchain and Counterfeit Materials

With news of shortages of electronic components coming around again, focus is on the supply-chain: inventory management, grey market purchases, counterfeit materials, quality issues, increased cost of inspection and more. It is surely time to consider a permanent solution for the unnecessary negative effects of material shortages, on a global basis.

Virtual and Intelligent PCB Fabrication and Assembly Documentation

Virtual machines today are used as a replacement for physical laptops or desktops to emulate computer systems for design and verification. For printed circuit board (PCB) design and manufacturing, some fabrication and assembly information such as artwork, drill, netlist, test, and component placement has been conveyed virtually to manufacturing for over 30 years. So how about articulating critical fabrication and assembly notes and drawings in an intelligent, electronic (a virtual) format?

True 3D AOIs to Improve Production Quality

3D Automated Optical Inspection (AOI) systems have become an integral solution for the surface-mount technology (SMT) industry. These systems have become more important for manufacturers, because they provide incomparable reliability to help maintain high quality of boards with thousands of solder joints. However, does this mean every 3D AOI can be the ultimate gatekeeper to identify defects early in the process? The answer may be both yes and no.

Retrospective digitalisation – Making the most of legacy equipment

According to the Annual Manufacturing Report, 2018, four in five manufacturers believe that smart factory technologies will improve their supply chain relationships. The proposed benefits of data collection from smart sensors are huge, but some manufacturers still feel that a smart factory is out of their reach. Here, Nick Boughton, digital lead at systems integrator Boulting Technology explains how plants with legacy equipment can retrospectively upgrade their facility to a smart factory.

Celestica Transforms the Supply Chain to Accelerate Aerospace Industry Innovation

Innovation is always on full display at the Farnborough Air Show and this year was no exception. The commercial aviation industry is seeing stronger passenger demand, lower commodity prices and growth in emerging markets. These encouraging trends are stirring enthusiasm for more disruptive innovations to come and ramping up demand for new aircraft production: over the next 20 years, more than 41,000 new commercial aircraft will take flight, according to Boeing’s Current Market Forecast 2017-2036. 

What’s driving the global demand for electronic components?

Currently it’s not uncommon for the lead-time for supplies to be stretching more than 30 weeks with a number of manufacturers including Yageo, Micron, Panasonic and STM all offering extended lead-times.  And it would appear there’s no short-term relief in sight, with industry experts predicting supply problems to continue well into 2019 and beyond. So what’s been driving this demand for electronic components?

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