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What  Does the Future Hold for Electronics Manufacturing? 2017 iNEMI Roadmap to be released in April; webinars scheduled

Chuck Richardson
by Chuck Richardson on Mar 9, 2017 5:25:40 PM

The 2017 iNEMI Roadmap — our most comprehensive roadmap to date — is scheduled to go on sale in April. This latest edition is planned to contain 28 chapters and includes a new chapter on Internet of Things (IoT). This will be the largest iNEMI roadmap since its inception in 1994.

Our roadmap is 2017RM cover graphic.jpga global collaborative effort involving the participation of individual experts in a broad range of fields that represent the many perspectives across the electronics manufacturing supply chain. Approximately 500 individuals from at least 22 countries, and representing more than 350 corporations, consortia, government agencies and universities helped create this latest edition. 

Technology trends & needs

Looking at a 10-year horizon, the 2017 Roadmap identifies technology needs for up to seven key product sectors and looks at the technology trends, as well as anticipated technology capabilities and developments, in as many as 21 technology areas

Several trends are expected to impact the electronics manufacturing and its supply chain over the next 10 years. Some of these include:

  • Growing data volume — along with secure and swift transfer, and the ability to analyze it intelligently — will be a key industry focus.
  • Security and interoperability of data, devices and users are two immediate “grand challenges” for the industry and its markets.
  • Deployment of IOT capabilities beyond consumer markets into automotive, medical and industrial applications will drive major changes in global manufacturing and end use.
  • Commercialization of services, particularly software-enabled and cloud-based services, will continue to expand.
  • Growth of perceptual and location-aware computing and connectivity will continue the drive for heterogeneous system integration.
  • The need to ensure supply chain integrity and efficiency will drive changes in existing business and manufacturing models.

Join us for a roadmap preview on April 6 & 7

Make plans now to join us for one of the two webinars scheduled to review highlights of select chapters from the 2017 iNEMI Roadmap. Both are open to the industry. The Asia webinar, scheduled for April 6, will review the new IoT chapter, along with the Packaging & Components Substrates chapter. The North America/Europe webinar on April 7 will discuss highlights of the IoT and Sustainable Electronics chapters. See additional details.

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Chuck Richardson
Written by Chuck Richardson
Charles E. (Chuck) Richardson is iNEMI’s Director of Roadmapping. Prior to joining iNEMI, he was Corporate Engineering Manager for SCI in Huntsville, Alabama, for three years where he was responsible for developing and maintaining the worldwide architecture for advanced process development and new product introduction, including SCI corporate roadmapping and customer roadmapping liaison. After receiving his BSEE degree from The Ohio State University, Chuck worked as an analog/digital metrology systems design engineer for seven years before transitioning into manufacturing engineering and, finally, manufacturing senior management. He has held manufacturing/manufacturing engineering management positions at companies including Esterline Corp., Cooper Industries, Micro Industries, Intergraph Corp. and SCI.

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