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Digital Technologies for Managing Electronics Suppliers

In every industry, increased competition and variations in raw materials have made it necessary to manage suppliers better. It is so crucial in the electronics industry with the current pandemic situation worldwide as it is faces difficulties in meeting the demand. Increased use of emerging technology promises to address the issues by increasing openness, creativity, and resiliency. There is a strong belief among business strategists that the more the business is digitalized, the greater the efficiency.

New technologies like AI, Cloud, IoT, Big data, and Blockchain provides information to all or any supply chain members simultaneously, fostering a greater collaboration level and providing inspiration for even better interconnectedness, resilience, and innovation. New digital technologies are incredibly helping to manage electronic suppliers to keep their businesses competitive.

AI for Electronics Suppliers

Every industry started to use AI, from raw materials to the interaction of customers who purchase the final product. Although certain parts of the process are more accessible to automate than production line AI vs. fully automated customer service, supply chain management (SCM) tends to be a perfect match for AI.

AI constructs can detect historical data patterns and use those insights to make mathematically accurate predictions to correct erroneous data in real time. These sources can be as diverse as social media trends, news stories, and weather forecasts, all of which could have a genuine impact and meet the demand.

AI software can provide an alert for planning that can differentiate between low-impact incidences and critical ones. The impact of machine learning is a massive improvement in product availability, and this data can streamline the manufacturing process for new productions with more efficient and optimal equipment combinations.

With the implementation of AI strategy into Supply Chain Management, companies can expect to see increases in productivity and output because of more innovative inventory practices, more precise replenishment planning, and increasingly accurate demand forecasts. As it becomes tapered and focused, companies can choose to pass these savings to customers in the form of reduced prices and shorter restock time.  Chatbot tasks may differ from various businesses, but they are commonly used to place purchase orders, receive parts, fill and document invoices, and engage in low-level communication with end-users.

Autonomous vehicles have a significant effect on supply chain logistics. Driving laws governing the number of hours a driver can spend behind the wheel vary by region, but there is a limit in place for safety reasons. Driverless vehicles have the potential to reduce significantly logistical transport times, resulting in significant cost savings.

IoT (Internet-of-Thing) Application

The Internet of Things (IoT) is playing a significant role in the semiconductor and electronics industries to manage their suppliers. Smart factories rely on sensor-fed automation to improve quality, decrease downtime, increase efficiency, and raise safety standards. Sensors are also gaining importance in home automation. An IoT-enabled site can help the corporate save money by lower power usage by automatically controlling and scheduling the devices, reducing waste. The critical challenge for the buyer of electronic components is staying up to date on the newest IoT products and services.


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Kannan Umapathy, ADPSM
Kannan Umapathy has extensive work experience in engineering, procurement and automation, and specifically in the audio-visual and semiconductor industry. He holds a Diploma in Electrical and Electronics Engineering, and a Specialist Diploma in Semiconductor Technology. He is a member of the Singapore Institute of Purchasing and Materials Management (SIPMM). Kannan completed the Advanced Diploma in Procurement and Supply Management (ADPSM) on April 2021 at SIPMM Institute.
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