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26 SMT007 MAGAZINE I MAY 2024 paste inspection (SPI) and automated optical inspection (AOI) machines. Many successful implementations have been made to leverage our AI engines and technologies developed at our research labs to improve manufacturing processes. SMT007 Joel Scutchfield is general manager of SMT business operations and director of sales at Koh Young Inc. Brent Fischthal is head of global marketing at Koh Young Inc. e application of AI-powered technolo- gies, such as automated programming, smart review, and autonomous process optimization, mitigates talent shortages and significantly improves operational efficiency. By leveraging AI, companies are transforming the industry, paving the way for smarter, more efficient, and more reliable manufacturing processes. As the industry continues to evolve, the integration of AI in electronics manufacturing will play an increasingly critical role, ushering in a new era of innovation and productivity. We are excited for things to come as the industry further adopts AI. A transforma- tion from an inspection machine supplier to a smart factory solution partner has been under- way for years at Koh Young Technology. It was able to pave the way from equipment sup- plier to solution provider with measurement- based inspection data collected by its solder Real Time with... IPC APEX EXPO 2024 • Joel Scutchfield, Koh Young Operational Excellence and Smart Factory Initiatives: Koh Young general manager, Joel Scutchfield, defines operational excellence and operational efficiency and touches on automation, AI, and collaboration as solutions to resource limitations.

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