The spread of electronics is accelerating in a world that is increasingly digitised and connected to services. This change is reflected in an increase in the product mix and variability in volumes, which particularly affect the supply chain as well as design and production activities. To meet the challenges of competitiveness, responsiveness and flexibility brought about by this change in demand, the sector must accelerate its transformation towards the industry of the future and integrate the drivers of Industry 4.0.
The final aim of Industry 4.0 is certainly to further enhance the flexibility of the production facility while high capacity and competitive costs. The electronics industry is already very advanced in terms of automation and robotics, as much for microelectronics as for assembly. We now have to take one more step towards digitalisation, cobotics through innovation and assistance to operators, and by creating logistic advantages; all this by implementing the drivers now available, such as Big Data and Artificial Intelligence for improved and intelligent flow management. The electronics sector, in line with the objective of the industry of the future, is therefore able to help other industrial sectors.