Manufacturing in Silicon Valley: Asteelflash Makes its Factory Smart


Reading time ( words)

When talking about Silicon Valley, most people usually think about Apple, Google, Facebook, startups and new technologies. But it has also been the seedbed of innovation for advanced electronic manufacturing industry.

That's why Asteelflash is now implementing a pilot program at its Fremont, California facility targeted towards the Smart Factory. First is through automation, with the installation of collaborative robots and connected equipment to bring real time data. Second, through a proprietary revolutionary supply chain platform combining artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning. Part of a global initiative across the 18 locations of the group, it will change the way products are currently being built, increasing productivity and ultimately strengthening its customers' competitiveness.

By making automation a strategic initiative, Asteelflash strives to improve the processes to enhance productivity, but also to develop the teams working collaboratively on more advanced projects, moving away from the idea of manufacturing as a simple execution rather than a sequence of smart and optimized processes.

Albert Yanez Sr., corporate executive VP of Asteelflash Group and president of Asteelflash Americas, says, "Fremont facility is definitively a strategic location. We want to be as close as possible from the Silicon Valley to stay at the edge of the innovation and bring our customer the best solution to their needs. The Smart Factory initiative is definitively a way to provide a better service to our customers but also to rationalize our processes and build intelligence around it."

This is currently the most aggressive era in terms of innovation, from advanced manufacturing to machine learning, AI and the Internet of Things (IoT). Being located in Silicon Valley is definitely a strategic and competitive advantage when bringing a new product to market.

Share


Suggested Items

Enabling an Intelligent Supply Chain for Electronics Manufacturing

06/19/2018 | Thilo Sack, Alex Chen, James Huang, and Sam Khoo, CELESTICA INC.
The first three industrial revolutions came about because of mechanization, electricity and IT. Now, with the advent of the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) and services making their way into the manufacturing environment, we are seeing the arrival of a fourth industrial revolution, Industry 4.0.

Key Insights from the Annual Manufacturing Report 2018

06/18/2018 | Neil Sharp, JJS Manufacturing
UK Manufacturing would appear to be experiencing both an exciting and a disconcerting time, according to the findings of the Annual Manufacturing Report 2018. This year's report set out not just to provide a statistical snapshot of the industry, but to test the mood of manufacturers across a range of issues from technology to training.

The Key to Boosting Numbers of Women in Manufacturing

06/07/2018 | Sue Poole, JJS Manufacturing
According to latest figures by the Office for National Statistics (ONS), the split between male and female employees in UK's manufacturing industry is significant—with men accounting for 76% of the total manufacturing workforce and women making up just 24%. So, what exactly is being done to encourage the recruitment, and retention, of more women within the UK manufacturing environment?



Copyright © 2018 I-Connect007. All rights reserved.