Information Management Gaps for Board Fabrication and Assembly
Eric D. Simmon, Jeff Pettinato
There are a number of driving forces that are impacting the information management needs of the board fabrication and assembly segments. The electronics industry is expanding beyond traditional industry boundaries at the same time it is shifting to a business model focusing on intangible assets that are hard to protect. Legislative restrictions on materials throughout the world add another dimension to the data flow between trading partners. There is an increasing need for product traceability through the entire product lifecycle, not only to address material and process chemical data, but also anti-counterfeiting and commonality analysis. These changes are requiring more information than ever before to flow within the industry and between industries, and one of the main difficulties is the ability to get the right data - accurately and repeatedly - for all required elements. As a result of changing production environments, information management systems (IMS) are encountering needs that, while atypical in the past, are becoming more and more commonplace. Principally, there is an increasing need for 'real-time' or 'near real-time' manufacturing control systems. In addition to being expected to respond to manufacturing needs on almost an instant's notice, there is an underlying requirement for not only high data availability, but also high data integrity. There is a sharply decreasing tolerance for 'holes' in the data that is being captured, or for data that is not absolutely accurate. In some cases, it is even reasonable that the accuracy of the data is more critical than the absolute totality of the data - bad data is worse than no data at all.