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WEBINAR SUMMARY: Mitch DeCaire participated in Interlatin’s webinar
“Transforming Challenges into Opportunities in Mexico”

May 18th, 2023 | Webinar Summary - Mexico


In today's rapidly evolving manufacturing landscape, the adoption of advanced technologies has become crucial for achieving operational excellence and staying competitive. This blog explores key aspects of smart manufacturing, highlighting the importance of automation, collaboration, and leveraging artificial intelligence (AI) to optimize material control, improve efficiency, and guarantee quality throughout the production process. All these points have been taken from Mitch DeCaire’s participation in Interlatin’s webinar: Transforming Challenges into Opportunities in Mexico.

Webinar Highlights

Automating Material Control for Efficiency

One of the fundamental pillars of successful manufacturing is ensuring the right material is in the right place at the right time. Automating material control enables companies to maintain operational efficiency, even when dealing with smaller job lots. By leveraging automated systems, manufacturers can accurately track and manage inventory, reducing the risk of material shortages, delays, or production line stoppages.

Setting the Stage for IIoT Systems

To fully capitalize on the potential of Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) systems, it is essential to establish a solid foundation. Connecting and collecting factory-wide data accurately lays the groundwork for any type of factory digitalization goals. This infrastructure empowers manufacturers to gather valuable insights and leverage advanced analytics systems, including AI. Through comprehensive data collection, companies can make informed decisions, optimize processes, and improve overall performance.

Moving from Reactive to Predictive Analytics with AI

Predictive analytics, powered by AI, allows manufacturers to transition from reactive problem-solving to proactive decision-making. By analyzing historical and real-time data, AI algorithms can detect patterns, identify potential issues, and predict future outcomes. With predictive analytics, manufacturers gain the ability to address problems before they occur, leading to reduced downtime, increased productivity, and enhanced product quality.

Beyond Dashboards: Preventing Problems in Real-Time

Mere visualization of performance through dashboards is no longer sufficient. Manufacturers must now focus on detecting and addressing issues before they have a chance to impact operations. Through real-time monitoring and AI-enabled systems, electronics manufacturers can identify anomalies, deviations, or equipment malfunctions, enabling them to take immediate action. Proactive problem-solving minimizes disruptions, ensures continuous operation, and protects the production line.

Resilient Supply Chains: Focus on What You Can Control

The COVID-19 pandemic highlighted the vulnerabilities of global supply chains. Electronics manufacturers must prioritize building resilient supply chains by focusing on factors within their control. By collaborating closely with suppliers, implementing inventory management systems, and leveraging accurate data, companies can mitigate disruptions, optimize procurement processes, and maintain consistent production schedules.

Consolidated and Accurate Data for Factory-wide Efficiency

To maximize efficiency, all systems within a manufacturing facility, such as Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) and Manufacturing Execution Systems (MES), should be integrated and utilize the same data truth. Consolidated and accurate factory-wide data empowers decision-makers to make informed choices, optimize resource allocation, and keep production lines running smoothly.

Leveraging AI for Consumables and Quality Improvement

Often overlooked, consumables play a critical role in manufacturing quality. AI can effectively correlate variables associated with the quality and health of consumables, such as solder paste. By balancing data from various sources, including SPI and printer performance, with environmental factors like humidity changes, AI-driven systems can minimize quality defects and imperfections, enhancing overall product quality.

Collaboration for Smart Factory Goals

In the pursuit of smart factory goals, vendors must prioritize the best interests of end-users. Collaborative efforts between vendors and customers facilitate the alignment of technology solutions with specific manufacturing requirements. By fostering partnerships and adopting an integrated approach, vendors can help customers leverage cutting-edge technologies, streamline operations, and achieve their smart factory objectives.

Modernizing Legacy Machines for Data Accessibility and Control

In the journey towards smart manufacturing, the ability to connect and gather data from all types of machines, including legacy ones, is crucial. While newer equipment may come with built-in connectivity features, older machines may not. However, that doesn't mean you have to invest in brand new equipment. Cogiscan specializes in tapping into the existing infrastructure, enabling data collection and analysis, even if it may not be the richest data source for older machines.

TTC Solutions for Legacy Machine Modernization

To bridge the gap between legacy machines and modern data-driven processes, we offer Track, Trace & Control solutions. These solutions provide the means to modernize legacy machines, ensuring traceability of materials, validating setup parameters, and enabling better control over the production process. By implementing TTC solutions, manufacturers can unlock valuable data insights, enhance process optimization, and improve overall quality.

The Role of the PFC in Ensuring Quality

Within our manufacturing ecosystem, the Product Flow Controller (PFC) acts as the SMEMA traffic cop. It plays a vital role in guaranteeing quality by physically stopping the production line if incorrect materials are detected. This proactive measure prevents the use of faulty or incompatible materials, minimizing the risk of defects, production delays, or compromised product quality. The PFC enforces strict adherence to quality standards throughout the manufacturing process.


Embracing smart manufacturing is the path toward a more efficient, productive, and sustainable future. By automating material control, leveraging advanced analytics systems, fostering collaboration, and modernizing legacy equipment, manufacturers can unlock the full potential of their operations. Together, industry stakeholders can build a better world through smart manufacturing, ensuring continuous innovation, enhanced quality, and long-term success.
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