Trends to Watch Out For in the Electronic Manufacturing Industry

Posted on Sept. 11, 2018

Developments in technology have promoted the digital economy, which has subsequently enabled the growth of electronic appliances, such as the TVs, smartphones, security systems, watches, and refrigerators.

The following are some of the trends to keep an eye out for in the electronic manufacturing industry:

Production Design Outsourcing

Original Equipment Manufacturers are gradually shifting to the Electronic Manufacturing Service from the fabrication design and progression practice partners. The prices of the PCB board designs are expected to rise in the future, and so, outsourcing is thought to be the best alternative to lower the total cost. It is also believed to enable a shift to variable costs from fixed ones. Further, it is evident that EMS corporations are providing PCB board designs for both finished goods and those that are for sub-assemblies, while cooperating with OEMs to create new models. Joint Design Manufacturing is one of the best examples of the production from this kind of collaboration.

Electronic Manufacturing in Virtual Reality

The use of PCB board in virtual reality technology is equally being utilized by several companies in the electronic manufacturing field to advance the efficiency of manufacturing. Such technology is known as integration, simulation, and digital design. PCB board in virtual veracity technology assists establishments in reviewing design objects at all scales that can be conceived, thus eradicating any product defects during the designing phase. The global growth of PCB board demand in the market for electronic equipment means that the implementation of virtual reality will improve over time.

Automation and Robotics

A majority of companies aligned to electronic equipment are utilizing the PCB board in their automation and robotics activities. This is aimed at improving the productivity and efficiency of plants. Sensors use PCB boards to obtain data that is invaluable to enhance productivity and lower the possibilities of failures. Moreover, due to the anticipated deployment of robots in the future and improved utilization of electronic equipment, the robotics and automation advancements will be expected to be added to facilitate production and to lower the costs of production.

Use of IoT Technology to Smart Drive Household Applications

The manufacturers of household items are incorporating the PCB boards with the Internet of Things (IoT) knowledge to improve the convenience and comfort of the lives of their clients. IoT enables manufacturers of household appliances to interlock devices and physical objects with software and sensors to allow collection and alteration of data with the help of PCB boards. Examples of technologies that will enable smart household applications to function effectively include Low Energy Bluetooth, micro-electromechanical systems, Wi-Fi, and micro-servers. Equally, LG has home chat application to help its users to monitor their cookers, refrigerators, and washing machines through their phones wherever they are. With its efficiency, home chat, which was initially launched in the South Korean market, has spread to other markets globally. The trend is expected to keep rising over the years.

Smart TVs' Growing Demand

The gradual growth in the preference for products that are built-in by consumers, more so for smart functions in individual devices and improved penetration of internet, has led to the demand for smart TVs powered by PCB boards. Importantly, PCB board smart TVs combine various computer and television aspects and also contains an integration of a television set and internet use functions. Due to this rising trend, the global manufacturers of televisions are fully exploiting this trend by joining the Smart TV marketplace. For instance, a survey by HIS Technology ascertained that almost 50% of the shipped televisions globally are mainly Smart TVs.

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