Printed circuit board assembly (PCBA) manufacturing encompasses design, process engineering and production. However, the lack of data standardization between stages often leads to fragmented interfaces, lack of machine control and expenses related to consolidating data. Integrating data exchange is vital to harnessing the strengths of the smart factory, including the capacity to create a digital twin.

The digital twin is vital to accurately predict key performance characteristics before investing in physical prototypes and production assets. To successfully evolve into a smart factory, manufacturers need to rethink how to use standardized data formats and interfaces to maximize their full potential.