Former Apple Manufacturing Experts Bring AI to the Shop Floor: Page 2 of 2

Ex-Apple manufacturing pros package their lessons-learned into artificial intelligence for the factory.

units that appear defective. When used in combination with the rest of Instrumental’s software tools, an engineer can identify an issue and then take the next step by virtually disassembling concerning units and even taking measurements to understand what is wrong. These remote and on-demand first pass failure analysis tools are designed to save time and communication between companies and the factories that make their products.



Instrumental system includes data-capture hardware at the manufacturing site. The hardware feeds data into the software for analysis. “We view ourselves as a manufacturing data company. We do have hardware because we have an off-the-shelf system that can be deployed at the contract manufacturer,” said Shedletsky. “We connect to the contract manufacturer to get the data.  The data goes to the user via the cloud where it’s analyzed for defects,” said Shedletsky.

Rob Spiegel has covered automation and control for 17 years, 15 of them for Design News . Other topics he has covered include supply chain technology, alternative energy, and cyber security. For 10 years, he was owner and publisher of the food magazine Chile Pepper.

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