AI and machine learning will shape the coming era of electronics manufacturing.

Ed.: This is the third of an occasional series by the authors of the 2019 iNEMI Roadmap. This information is excerpted from the Smart Manufacturing chapter of the roadmap, available from iNEMI (

Smart manufacturing is considered a “journey” that will require hyper-focus to ensure the appropriate technology foundation is established. Several enabling “horizontal” technologies (digital building blocks, data flow, security) are considered the most important to build a strong, agile, and scalable foundation. This article presents digital building blocks, with a focus on artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning (ML) tools, and digital twins.

Advancements in the development of digital building blocks (interconnected digital technologies) are providing digitization, integration and automation opportunities to realize smart manufacturing benefits. These building blocks will enable electronics manufacturing companies to stay relevant as the era of the digitally connected smart infrastructure is developed and deployed.

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