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56 SMT007 MAGAZINE I JULY 2023 are unable to trace back to a specific issue and understand exactly which vehicles might be affected. Shifting Gears in the Industry Most chip failures are accompanied by visual indications on the exterior of the chip itself. erefore, the ability to observe and inspect 100% of chips used in any given product is the most effective and comprehensive means of identifying and mitigating nearly all potential issues. By implementing robust visual inspec- tion processes such as exploratory traceabil- ity, OEMs and automakers can significantly improve product reliability and productivity with surgical precision, reduce the risk of qual- ity issues, and better protect their customers and their bottom lines. SMT007 References 1. "Here's What the Automotive Industry Fore- cast Looks Like in 2023," by James Hodgson, Abi Research. 2. "IPC-1782 Standard for Traceability Supporting Counterfeit Components," by Michael Ford, smtnet. com. 3. IATF 16949:2016, 4. "Mercedes-Benz seized 1.8 million counterfeit parts globally in 2021—report," by Jordan Mulach,, Aug. 10, 2021. Dr. Eyal Weiss is CTO and founder of Cybord. Do you love solving complex problems? Are you interested in electronics, programming, and mechanics? You may want to consider a career as a robotics engineer! Robotics engineers often collaborate closely with software developers to create highly sophisticated robots that can perform certain tasks properly. Even further, robotics engineers might interface with mar- ket scientists to find the most cost-effective materi- als needed to build robots. Unlike other types of engineering, robotics engi- neering requires the ability to be proficient in a vari- ety of technical areas—robotics engineers are the bridge between mechanics, electronics, computer science, and cognitive psychology. Robotics engineers spend the majority of their time designing the plans and processes needed to not only build robots, but to have them work effec- tively. Some robotics engineers also design the machines that actually assemble the robots. Prior to a robot being constructed, engineers determine exactly what the robot will be used for. Since robots are meant to solve problems or alle- viate human tasks, robotics engineers undergo an in-depth analysis of the job that the robot will be given. What exact issue is the robot solving? Is it a repet- itive task? Is it a function that is too dangerous for humans? What might restrict the robot from func- tioning properly? These and many other questions need to be answered before moving on to any design stage. LEARN MORE Robotics Engineering

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