The evolution of industry 4.0, through the eyes of the PCB manufacturer
Industry 4.0—known to some as the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) or smart factory—promises to transform the manufacturing and production infrastructure in profound ways. Its name derives from its potential to usher in the fourth industrial revolution—a bold objective when one considers the magnitude of the revolutions in steam power, assembly-line production, and computer automation that preceded it.
The Struggle to Shrink System Size: Innovative Technologies Driving the Next Generation of Mobile Devices
Consumer electronics designers and manufacturers are in a constant balancing act to stay competitive with the addition of new innovative functionality while maintaining high yields at a competitive cost. Whether they’re smartphones or wearables, IoT devices or automotive electronics, there inevitably comes a point in the design process where designers just can’t cram any additional components or circuitry into the device without adding undesirable bulk or cost. Try as they might, they’ve reached the limit. Or have they?
Display Inspection: Flexible OLED displays drive market disruption, manufacturing innovation
Consumer electronics manufacturers reside between a rock and a hard place. They must continuously innovate in order to compete in the mass market, yet they’re tightly constrained by unrelenting cost pressures. The recent emergence of flexible OLED displays is a prime example of a cutting-edge technology that electronics manufacturers must pursue to maintain market relevance—but producing these displays is expensive, and the number-one reason for this is yield.
Hiding In Plain Sight; One Company Has its Hands in Almost All of Our Products
If you’ve been following 3D printing news at all, it’s likely you know at least a little bit about the If you were told that there is a high-tech company that can boast, “virtually every electronic device in the world is produced using our technology,” who would you think of first? Are we talking about a chip company like Intel, Microchip, Freescale, or Toshiba? Surely they’re not in every device in the world. Maybe it’s a software company like Microsoft or Google’s Android? They’re popular, yes, but not that widespread. I know – maybe they’re talking about the Free Software Foundation or a group like the IEEE? It’s conceivable that their standards or technology appears in “virtually every electronic device” in the world. Nope. The right answer is Orbotech, an Israeli company that does make chips and software, but only as a sideline.
Q&A: Turning New Designs into Reality Through Innovative Manufacturing
Orbotech provides enhanced production solutions for manufacturers of printed-circuit boards, flat-panel displays, advanced packaging, microelectromechanical systems, and other electronic components. Technology Editor Bill Wong recently spoke with the company's CEO, Asher Levy, about the specific challenges faced by designers and manufacturers in the microelectronics industry.
Israel - ORBOTECH (www.orbotech.com) announced that it has received an order for seven Emerald™ UV Laser Drilling systems from a leading Japanese manufacturer of ceramic-based electronic components and solutions.