Current Industry 4.0 Status in S&M Sized Manufacturing Enterprises - A Study on The Smart Manufacturing in Printed Circuit Board Industry
|Keywords:||印刷電路板;智慧製造;工業4.0;工業3.5;大數據;物聯網;專案小組;企業內部資源系統;Printed Circuit Board;Smart manufacturing;Big data analysis;IoT;Project team;Enterprises resources planning|
This thesis uses S&M sized Printed Circuited Board manufacturer, C Corporation, as an example and discusses the current smart manufacturing situation in the company. An interview was conducted with an Industry 4.0 project leader. According to the interview, C corporation is having a serious labor shortage issue which is the driving force for them to head toward smart manufacturing. However, C Corporation currently only has a few stations with data analysis capability and robotic arms. In lamination station, they have 2 robotic arms to help flatten the board. Although smart manufacturing is around the corner, management team doesn’t consider smart manufacturing as a top priority because it requires a large amount of capital and time investment. Besides, it takes years for the implementation of smart manufacturing to pay off. It is discovered that C Corporation doesn’t have a detailed plan on the implementation of smart manufacturing as it requires a large amount of capital, trial out and constant communication with suppliers and workers. Therefore, it is suggested that C Corporation organizes a smart manufacturing project team led by one of the top management. Factory managers will be the main project leader. Each function team such as sales, purchasing, manufacturing, R&D and production needs to assign one manager to the board. Project leader needs to collect the needs from each department. Based on C Corporation’s existing competitiveness and Cost & Benefit Analysis, project leader can start to formulate a detailed implementation plan and execute it. It is discovered that jumping into smart manufacturing is unnecessary for S&M sized PCB manufacturers like C Corporation. They should start with the most serious problems they are facing now by finding the right solutions and resources that fit their needs.
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