The optimal design of a system to test, integrate, develop the software, and ensure that it meets the needs of the end customer requires a dedicated team. End customers choose vendors with a complete design and the ability to ship instead of bits and pieces.
The Indian electronics industry ecosystem has witnessed many changes in the last few years. Whether it is the wireless industry or aerospace/defense or consumer electronics or IoT, the ecosystem has evolved to have local design, validation, and manufacturing capabilities.
The central government’s vision is to surpass the earlier target of $300 billion electronics manufacturing and export by 2025-26. The startup culture in this ecosystem has evolved from being software-centric to hardware design and manufacturing. The make India drive by the central government has given impetus to local design and manufacturing.
Test requirements for design and manufacture are evolving and require optimization to save costs in order to be competitive. People in these roles understand their testing requirements, but many times they lack test system design and configuration knowledge. Early on these engineers and managers believed or believed what the test equipment provider suggested; many times it is over-engineered which increases the cost of testing.
Vendors providing test equipment need to increase their skill sets to understand customers’ pain points in design and manufacture and provide a complete solution. This includes equipment, fixturing, switching (RF and DC), wiring, racking, test software development and optimization, and ERP connectivity.
For manufacturing, OEM or EMS companies set up assembly lines based on volume. For line balancing, each stage of production must be designed so that the product moves along the assembly line at the right speed to optimize flow.