In order to go to that next level of factory automation for fiber optic connectivity, we need to think in terms of islands of flexible automation, much the same way manufacturers in the electronics industry have embraced flexible automation. Think about the ever-growing complexity of the printed circuit board assembly business. That industry moved from basic printed circuit boards to multi-layer circuit boards to surface-mount technology. Now they are developing chip-to-chip technology. Each step of the way, the equipment that was designed for the previous generation of technology became surplus, and the old process migrated to lower-labor-cost areas. Eventually, each technological process was outmoded – sometimes in fewer than 5 years.
Additional resources from the FOC team include:
- Category Resource FOC Factory Fiber Processing Page
- Glossary, Acronyms, Military Specifications for Connectors: http://bit.ly/2a2EFn8
- Q&A Resource: email technical questions to AskFOC@focenter.com
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