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40 SMT007 MAGAZINE I AUGUST 2018 In the first part of this series, I examined digital remastering, as it refers to the process of creating the digital product model from design and bill of materials (BOM) information, with conversion then, by digital engineering tools, into execution-ready engineering data. In our new digital MES environment, this process is not just to create a single execution instance for a pre-designated line configuration as was mandated in the past, but for all capable configurations, to provide choice at actual run-time. We now look towards the next step in our new digital factory best practices that digital remastering of engineering data has made possible: the software known as Adaptive Planning, created by Adaptive Insights. The Challenge of Factory Planning The dedication of production lines to products, or more recently, groups of products, has become a rather comfortable environment, with just one set of engineering data to support, a single supply-chain of materials, lined up hours in advance, so no concerns for production at all. The flaw in this plan is best illustrated by considering the simplest form of production and having a product running at high-volume on one such dedicated line. Many operations dream about the good ol' days where such high-volume lines were common and have forgotten that even the operation of those lines were hiding significant losses to the business overall. Take the case where such a line would make 1,000 products per day, over many days. This is the most efficient example of how SMT equipment automation Accelerating Tech—Insights from the Smarter Factory by Michael Ford, AEGIS SOFTWARE Advanced Digitalization Makes Best Practice, Part 2: Adaptive Planning

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