Optimal+ is a leader in big data solutions for manufacturing operations in the semiconductor and electronics industries. It launched its first electronics product, 6.5, recently. Let us look at how Optimal+’s Release 6.5 extends the company’s Global Ops solution to serve the needs of electronics manufacturing operations.
The Global Ops for Electronics provides the same capabilities for companies manufacturing electronic systems (including PCBs and modules) that the company has provided to companies manufacturing semiconductor devices.
In both cases, Optimal+ provides a complete data infrastructure to collect manufacturing test data from the source (instead of waiting for it to be provided by the contract manufacturer), transfer that data safely and securely to the OEM where our 24/7 automated rules engine analyzes the data to identify opportunities to improve yield, efficiency and quality of their products.
Helping smart manufacturing
Let’s see how can Optimal+ help smart electronics manufacturing?
According to most experts, the biggest challenge in doing big data analytics is just gathering the data and preparing it for analysis. Optimal+ automates the data collection process and the initial analysis, freeing up the data analysts at OEMs to spend their time address problems instead of massaging data and then looking for the “needle in a haystack” problem in their manufacturing operations.
Speeding up the “time to data” process and automating the analysis process is a huge improvement in the allocation of manpower in manufacturing operations.
By leveraging the knowledge and experience of product, yield and quality engineers and embedding that knowledge and experience into a rules-based engine, those engineers are now free to address the problem that are identified, instead of having to also clean and verify data, look for problems in terabytes of data, and then finally addressing the problems they find, typically days or weeks after they have occurred.
Now, they can address problems within minutes of their detection, driving significant ROI due to faster resolution of manufacturing issues.
Electronics OEMs can also be better at collecting, analyzing and acting on manufacturing and in-use data across their global supply chains.
Supporting end-to-end data collection
How will Optimal+ solve the problems associated with end-to-end data collection, data governance, etc.?
Optimal+ has proven in the semiconductor market segment that it has a data architecture that provides a fully automated data collection and governance infrastructure. It currently process over 35 billion devices every year for the world’s largest semiconductor companies. And, it is now doing the same thing for electronics companies.
By collecting the data from the source, automatically, it already removes the issue of data completeness that exists for most OEMs. By integrating with MES systems, it is also able to verify the completeness of the data, prior to the start of the analysis to ensure that only clean, verified data is analyzed, resulting in better analytic results and subsequent RoI.