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February 2018, Vol. 6 No. 1

Major components maker ramps up AI in manufacturing

Artificial intelligence is slowly penetrating many industries and business processes, and that includes manufacturing, where AI is helping to improve operational efficiency and product quality. One of the world's largest contract manufacturers, Jabil, is testing the capabilities of next-generation technology like AI and machine learning with promising results. Founded 50 years ago as a circuit board assembly company and now with more than 100 factories worldwide, Jabil produces products and parts for some of the world's most recognized brands. In the past couple of years, the company has been integrating AI into its traditional manufacturing systems, according to Jabil vice president of digital engineering and technology services Dan Gamota, who is one of the driving forces behind the company's plans to implement AI in manufacturing processes. "AI is one of the digital building blocks that I think will become ubiquitous in terms of being a key element of all of the processes that we conduct throughout the entire product ...

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