In the past few years, advanced printed circuit board assemblies (PCBAs) have spiked in demand. PCBAs are a critical building block in every electronic device: from smartphones to medical imaging to equipment to automotive electronics and more. When the pandemic began, the need for PCBAs only surged in response to the growing need for medical devices and the online shopping habits of consumers in lockdown. It became clear that to meet future disruptions or spikes in demand, we would have to implement Industry 4.0 technologies that made our manufacturing ecosystem smarter, more efficient, and more resilient.
Meeting heightened demand for PCBAs
As Flex produces millions of PCBs each year, we are constantly looking for ways to improve every aspect of our production, including our PCBA testing processes. Though we had used automation in some aspects of our testing process, the increased demand for PCBAs surfaced the need to accelerate the process while maintaining quality and confidence in our approach.