Is AI really necessary?: Page 3 of 3

February 01, 2019 //By Oliver Mihm
Is AI really necessary?
Artificial intelligence (AI) is the latest buzzword in the electronics industry, similar to how IoT (Internet of Things) was the hot topic a couple of years ago. Just as IoT was often used where connectivity would have been a better fit, AI is being used as the overarching term for processes that are not users of artificial intelligence in the true sense of the phrase.

Until then, companies can prepare their technology to support the AI advancements to come. OEMs will be best served by partners who are aware of current opportunities and have the internal support to understand how to optimize their manufacturing processes using this new trend. The experienced partner will also be able to help customers identify which applications within their high mix, low volume program would benefit from specific AI-enabled solutions. Further, partnering with a company with full value stream capabilities will allow the product to be designed with such robotic assembly in mind, with the ability to extract data to continue to optimize the process.

In the future the implementation of AI will bring about a change in business models, not just for the manufacturer but for its customers too. The increase in predictability and reliability will enable further sophistication in products that enhance the end users’ experience. Through incorporating the benefits of AI into the manufacturing process, these will be brought to market at an increasingly swifter and more effective pace, with an ability to hit that window of opportunity and innovation much faster.

 

About the author:

Oliver Mihm is President of Plexus EMEA - www.plexus.com


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