Manufacturers, particularly those in the rapidly evolving field of electronics production, are facing obstacles, which include labor shortage, increasing costs in production, and finicky consumers. On top of these new challenges, old ones, such as failing machinery and delay in supplies, still exist.
Fortunately, it’s now possible for manufacturers to utilize artificial intelligence (AI) to counter or solve most of these problems. Electronics manufacturers who jumped at the opportunity to tap the capabilities of AI are reaping the following benefits.
Precise Production Forecasting
Underproduction and overproduction are two of the problems manufacturers have long faced. Although gauging consumer demand has been historically tough, AI aims to reduce this problem. Consumer apps and software are helping manufacturers better forecast the needs and wishes of their customers.
The Internet of Things (IoT), for instance, uses devices to detect when individuals are low on a particular supply, such as printer paper. Once the device finds that the to is low, it automatically sends a reorder request. IoT not only helps manufacturers better understand the needs of their consumers but also minimizes waste on the production floor.
When it comes to industrial equipment maintenance for old models, the usual process would be to perform service on the equipment on a set schedule, regardless of its current condition or performance. Although it made things more efficient, it did not help with real-time machinery failures.
With the aid of AI, manufacturers can outfit their equipment with sensors that will predict issues or problem in the machinery. This process, called twinning, enables manufacturers to monitor maintenance and resolve problems even before the machinery breaks down and brings factory operations to a halt.
Manufacturers who have the right foundation in place can use AI in sensors to save money. These sensors check for defects on the production line. If they find any mistakes, they immediately deactivate or remove the problematic components and order the replacement parts right away. They do this all while factoring in real-time and on-time schedules. With the help of AI, manufacturers can potentially save money in repairs, recalls, and lost business.
Collaborative and Adaptive Robots
Robots used to be the exclusive domain of large companies that have thousands of dollars to spare. Thanks to AI, smaller electronics manufacturing companies may now acquire more affordable and collaborative robots or “cobots.” These cobots work alongside people to learn a wide range of tasks through demos and execute these tasks in the same way that humans do.
On top of being able to work side by side with humans, cobots are flexible. Unlike old robot models that needed hours of reprogramming by seasoned programmers, manufacturers can easily retrain cobots.
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