Big Data Moves to “Electronics”October 28, 2018
Optimal+ Covers Board, System Manufacturing
Last year, right around this time, we took a look at a company called Optimal+.
Once you get to practical matters, chips and boards and systems are very different things – in particular because the supply chain is very different.
And then there is the fact that boards can be reworked, while chips can’t.
Systems may get returned by end users.
After all, if anything is an electronic item, it’s a semiconductor, whose only moving parts are electrons.
Heck with it; turn off brain and accept that “electronics” means systems, and chips are but inputs to the system.
Right now, the traceability stops with incoming components, but in the future, a connection to Global Ops for Semiconductors will provide access to semiconductor data history as well.
And, to be clear, it’s the OEM that’s in charge here, not the manufacturer, even though you need the cooperation of any and all CMs in your flow.
So before Optimal+ adds this last bit, a few things need to be in place:
As in other historic shifts, such as when modern firearms “disrupted” the crossbow, the competition between those who master the new technology and those who don’t will be fierce. But the upside of adaptation is as inspiring as the downside is stark. In the years ahead, the companies and institutions that address these challenges frankly, transform their organizations accordingly, and apply these near-magical abilit…