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Trends Shaping the Future of Electronic Manufacturing

Electronics contract manufacturing has been one of the fastest growing industries over the past few decades. This is an industry that is constantly evolving, finding new ways to improve and advance both the products being produced and the ways they’re manufactured, so fast that keeping track can be difficult. Here are just a few of the more recent trends that are shaping the future of electronic manufacturing.

Automation

Throughout manufacturing, automation has become an integral and even essential part of any process. The ability to quickly and efficiently mass produce simple components saves companies time and money, as does the ability to automate the production of highly complex components. Automation allows for consistent quality across batches of components, as well as better overall production efficiency especially for larger production projects. As automation improves, its use in electronic manufacturing has become increasingly widespread. 

AI Integration in Manufacturing

The use of artificial intelligence has become more prevalent in the past decades. Many different systems are incorporating AI for improved adaptation of the system. Job tracking and ERP systems, as well as communications, often incorporate a form of AI, and more and more electronic systems are coming to depend on it. 

Flexible and Innovative Materials

Materials science often has a large part to play in electronics manufacturing, especially with the demand for lighter and more durable materials for PCBs and related components. Flex and Rigid-Flex PCBs for instance have allowed these small assemblies to be incorporated into more unique system designs, reducing the space necessary to accommodate them. 

Miniaturization of Electronics

As electronics have grown more advanced, they’ve also become smaller and more compact–more powerful systems in increasingly smaller packages. The need for miniature electronic components has been in part a result of the push for sustainability and in part a trend towards lighter and more space efficient electronics. Lightweight is important especially for Aerospace where every ounce counts, but also for sustainability–smaller components typically (though not always) require less materials for production. 

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