Moving Toward The Smart Factory In Microelectronics Manufacturing

Common themes, industry-specific challenges, and opportunities.


The era of smart manufacturing, Industry 4.0 and the smart factory promises significant opportunities to reduce cost, boost productivity and improve quality in microelectronics manufacturing. But it also presents the industry with new, unique challenges.

Smart manufacturing (SM) is a term “generally applied to a movement in manufacturing practices towards integration up and down the supply chain, integration of physical and cyber capabilities, and taking advantage of advanced information for increased flexibility and adaptability.” It is often equated with “Industry 4.0” (I4.0), a term that originated from a project in the German government that promotes a fourth generation of manufacturing that uses concepts such as cyber-physical systems, virtual copies of real equipment and processes, and decentralized decision making to create a smart factory.

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