Electronics assembly manufacturing can be delivered at competitive market prices as long as the manufacturing process is continuously improved. With Industry 4.0 and simulation tools, manufacturing companies are mastering a high degree of variance, continuously shrinking batch sizes and fluctuations in order volume that are increasingly difficult to predict. Smart manufacturing software solutions connect valuable data locked inside of many siloed production systems and processes.

This paper describes the design and implementation of manufacturing simulation use cases at an electronics assembly factory and describes how other factories can use simulation to optimize throughput and cost to advance their digitalization journey.