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The smart manufacturing revolution is happening, whether we like it or not, and Industry 4.0 is upon us. The March 2018 issue of SMT007 Magazine examines how Industry 4.0 and the increasing power of data impact the PCB assembly industry. How will these two elements take assembly processes to the next level? Our experts weigh in.
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Stephen Las Marias, I-Connect007
The industry will be deploying 5G at millimeter wave frequencies between 28 and 40GHz, with significantly wider bandwidths than the current instrumentation. And the rules about how you design a test fixture, or conduct testing of those products is changing. In this article, National Instrument's David Hall explains.
I-Connect007 Research Team
During recent trade shows and conferences, we spoke with a variety of fabricators and assembly providers. They had one thing in common: Every company achieved strong growth in 2017, and shared a positive outlook about the future. This year, the industry is optimistic, driven by positive economic outlook, growing customer demand, and new technologies and vertical markets, among others.
Michael Ford, Aegis Software Corp.
What is coming in 2018 is not a single master Industry 4.0 solution as people may expect, but rather the opportunity for everyone in the industry to play their part, re-evaluating what can be done in their processes or products to take maximum advantage of the new CFX-fueled Industrial IoT environment.