Why cognitive manufacturing matters in electronics

Activating the next generation of production success

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Executive overview

Authors: John Constantopoulos

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, Director, Cognitive Product Development, Global Electronics Industry, IBM Global Business Services,
Qin XK Deng

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, Director, Electronics Industry, IBM Global Business Services,
Cristene Gonzalez-Wertz

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, Electronics Leader, IBM Institute for Business Value,
Quentin Samelson

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, IBM Senior Managing Consultant, Electronics Center of Competence,
Hiroshi Yamamoto

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, IBM Distinguished Engineer, Global Electronics Industry CTO, IBM Member of Academy of Technology

Hyper-complex production meets cognitive computing Electronics manufacturing is surrounded by continuous complexity. Executives face rising resource costs in traditionally low-cost production markets. They must address increasing customization, shorter lead times, frequently changing requirements and shrinking order sizes – all while managing a sophisticated supply network. They need to examine automation potential and maintain critical institutional knowledge. Thinner margins and increased competition threaten consistent quality, risk greater downtime and reduce desired flexibility. Investments in new equipment and automation systems are increasing the amount of data available from the shop floor, but most is not used to its full potential.

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