The Digital Transformation in EMS: A Trend or a Need?

2020-11-30 01:02 - Esteban Rubiales

The start of the digital age in the 1970s was marked by the arrival of the first gaming console. To date, electronic manufacturers are still heavily reliant on automation and digitalization to serve a market that is thirsty for advanced technology products. Indeed, it is the emergence of the digital computer that catapulted electronics to unprecedented levels of use. Because of the subsequent transformations, electronic components and parts are more diverse, economical and safer.

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Brief History of the Digital Revolution (source)

EMS Trends in 2020

Electronic manufacturing services firms play an irreplaceable role of developing electronic components and parts. An industry so wide and relevant is not devoid of challenges, but this also presents an opportunity for trendy interventions. You may wonder what breakthroughs are happening in the industry today.

One notable direction is the emergence of “greener” electronic devices. The need for recyclable products to try safeguarding the environment has pushed manufacturers to develop suitable products. Implementation of green processes may mean a higher initial cost for manufacturers, but it leads to an improved reputation and less energy consumption.

Medical electronic devices are becoming more technologically sound too, the trigger being a focus on disease prevention. Technology has brought ingenious items such as sensors, which help monitor patient’s health.

You may also have noticed that “smart” products are getting more popular in the EMS industry. Electronic manufacturing facilities are implementing IoT solutions to streamline their production processes. The prevailing challenges for most of these facilities relate to software implementation, workforce training and relevance of existing business processes.

All these developments show a general tendency that could change anytime, given the rapid advancement of an industry that has all along relied on digitalization. One fact remains though: Digital transformation will only increase to help counter challenges of compliance, globalization and complexity.

Benefits of Digitalized EMS

Digital solutions are helping EMS providers surmount several obstacles in design, manufacture, sale and after-service of products. Results of the intervention are not only improved processes, but also resource savings. Here are some more reasons a digitized EMS makes sense:

  • Improved quality control and management
  • Faster and well-planned processes through smart manufacturing
  • Firms enjoy a competitive edge
  • Faster identification of bottlenecks and weak links in the production chain
  • Efficient and customer-centric processes through IoT, AI etc.
  • Modern digital technologies allow for less investment and still large returns on wider scale

MADES, A Model for Digitalized EMS

Selecting an electronic manufacturing services partner can be difficult, but not when you know what digital transformation can do to this industry. As a global icon in the industry, MADES is aware that digitilization is one of the driving factors. Investment in latest digital technologies should excite anyone looking for a manufacturing partner.

Owing to this capability, MADES boasts of flexible and highly competitive manufacture of electronic systems. Our manufacturing service is capable of adapting to new technologies and market demands. That explains why the company has managed to work with clients for more than 30 years non-stop.

Digital transformation and EMS are inseparable. The predicted rapid growth of the industry in the coming years will be mostly anchored on digital technologies. Many firms have seen this reality and are digitalizing their operations, albeit at different paces. MADES is already in the leading pack in adoption of latest digital technologies for EMS.

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