WHAT IS THE FUTURE PACKAGING?
"Embedded" is the buzzword reflecting many trends in device manufacturing. Electronics are being integrated into our daily lives more and more – and almost invisibly. To make this possible, smart electronics are being included in a whole range of products, and this tendency is on the rise. Many smart products, whether in IoT, Industry 4.0, or AAL, are then fitted into a digital ecosystem to guarantee us maximum flexibility in our daily lives. Examples of this include our ability to operate the appliances in our homes by speech, the simplification of ordering processes thanks to Dash buttons, and similar innovations. Furthermore, we find ourselves to be mere users of autonomous vehicles and place our lives in the hands of a number of sensors/actuators and a CPU. All of these uses illustrate clearly the manifold demands made of a simple device. However, the value-creation chains must also satisfy requirements with regard to efficiency, effectiveness, quality, and environmental awareness. This results in an ever further-reaching and deeper fusion of hardware and software. As early as the product idea stage, the enormous number of requirements presents developers and implementers with completely new challenges, as, even in a globalized world, the products are subject to the regulations of individual countries.
Wherever you look, and whatever area of electronics manufacturing you are in, the developments within IoT and Industry 4.0 affect everyone. At the EMS production locations, the establishment of wide-ranging networking with customers is beginning to crystallize as an important factor in securing orders. Service providers are included in the job chain as early as the development of new products in order to guarantee trouble-free scalability from the prototype to large-series production. The wide experience of the service providers is highly valued. There is, however, one shortcoming when it comes to the extensive digitalization of all process data. Experience cannot be digitalized as quickly as automation is marching forward. That gives operators a higher importance, as production systems can only be adapted gradually to real usage conditions. Here, a great deal of tact is required, as an extension of pure data capture will not, in itself, result in an improvement in the areas of quality, throughput, or efficiency. Only smart data mining promises new knowledge as well as the ability to achieve increases in production output.
The production line at SMT 2017 will continue to place its technical emphasis on the quickest possible adaptability of production systems to the products being manufactured. It will give a live demonstration of the ways in which individual machines and devices can adapt to the product. In addition, there will be a more intense discussion of communication between individual machines. The interaction between humans and systems on the one hand and the various software solutions in place on the other can be used to provide a realistic demonstration of the possibilities – as well as the advantages and disadvantages – offered to a production system by the deep integration of various hardware and software solutions. Trends will be highlighted and variants will be looked at to show the direction that various networking efforts are taking.
Some innovations will include presenting machines that are taking their first steps onto the market, but also demonstrating some of the recent evolutionary successes of established machine manufacturers.
In addition to the familiar line tours with commentary, at the 2017 event there will also be a comprehensive software demonstration. Special discussion will be dedicated to issues such as trouble-free software integration, expanded machine interaction, and smart data mining. Production, tracing, and reporting systems can be tested and examined at visitors’ leisure.