The advancement of technology has revolutionized many industries over the past few decades. Over the past few years, the terms digitalization and digitization have entered the manufacturing industry's vocabulary. We often see them attached to new MES projects, AI/ML investments, discussing the "connected factory, etc. The two terms are often used interchangeably, but they have distinct meanings. In digitalization, digital technology is used to improve the overall efficiency and quality of electronics production processes. This includes improving connectivity between operational systems and production machines, as well as reducing manual errors caused by human operators. Digitization on the other hand refers to the process of converting existing physical data into digital form – such as converting work instructions into paperless documents – so that it can be stored electronically for easier access and manipulation.
Digitization in electronics manufacturing is something that has grown in popularity for electronics manufacturing for several years. It involves the use of digital technologies to improve the efficiency and accuracy of production processes, as well as to increase the speed and quality of product delivery. Digitization enables manufacturers to build, track, and analyze digital twins of their products, production, and performance. This allows for greater control over production processes, improved accuracy in product design, and faster delivery times. Additionally, digitization can help reduce costs associated with traditional manufacturing methods by streamlining processes such as inventory management and supply chain optimization. By leveraging these digital technologies, manufacturers can gain a competitive edge in the market while also improving customer satisfaction.
Digitalization on the other hand is a relatively newer term that includes the basic elements of digitization but refers more to the application of digitized information for the benefit of improving processes. By leveraging innovative digital technologies such as automation, artificial intelligence, IoT, augmented reality, cloud computing and big data analytics, manufacturers are able to streamline their production processes and increase efficiency. Digitalization also enables on-demand manufacturing and provides greater flexibility for customizing products or changeover for jobs. Additionally, digitalization helps reduce costs by detecting areas of improvement and increasing accuracy of processes. As a result of these benefits, many electronics manufacturers are embracing digital transformation to stay competitive in today’s rapidly changing market.
Digitalization and digitization both have transformative impacts on the world of electronics manufacturing. Through digitalization, manufacturers are able to leverage cutting-edge technologies such as automation, artificial intelligence, machine learning and cloud computing to streamline production processes, reduce manual labor costs and increase accuracy. The ability to design, test and analyze products virtually helps manufacturers save time and money when bringing new products to market. Digitization also has several benefits for electronics companies. By creating digital twins of each product during the manufacturing process, companies can track performance data in real-time, allowing them to be proactive in addressing any issues that may arise. Additionally, digitizing records simplifies archiving which increases efficiency when searching for important documents. In essence, digitalization and digitization both offer tremendous advantages to electronics manufacturers who embrace these technologies and use them strategically in their operations.
By leveraging digitalization and digitization, electronics manufacturers are able to reduce costs, increase efficiency, improve accuracy, and stay competitive in today’s digital world. The implementation of digital technologies can be complex and difficult, but the long-term benefits far outweigh the initial investment in time and effort. It is important for companies to assess their current needs and determine which digital solutions will provide the greatest benefit before taking action. Stellarus Group excels at adding clarity in modern manufacturing processes and decisions while helping deliver a plan of action for moving forward. With a strategic digital transformation plan in place, any company can reap the rewards of digitalization and digitization in electronics manufacturing.