We've promoted our connectivity platform a lot over the past few years and it's a very important part of our product line now because iTAC is relying on it so anytime iTAC needs connectivity to a machine, what they call SMT Edge which is our Co-NECT piece built into the iTAC workbench. So that continues to be more and more important.
However, we’re seeing some recent trends in the industry, for example supply chain challenges & material shortages that are due to a variety of global reasons.
It's forcing people to really look more closely at their inventory management and materials more carefully and that's part of the core tradition of what Cogiscan has always done.
- For example, guiding the operators and guiding the production staff to kit materials efficiently without having any sort of downtime on the line while you're waiting for a kit to be prepared,
- Knowing what materials are available and where, so that you can actually kit effectively and ensure that you're optimizing the setup of the line at the same time as you're picking the materials.
- For example, by kitting them in the sequence that the reels will later go on to the feeder slots on the machine, so it saves setup time for the operators.
It's always been a very important part of our product but, given what's happening in supply chains these days, we're seeing a real increased emphasis on material control and it couples very well with iTAC because iTAC has an advanced production & scheduling module,
or APS module, which is just a natural tie-in because now we can provide the scheduling system with all the information about what materials and what feeders are available in real-time
, and that makes the APS system more capable of optimizing the production schedule for the factory floor.