It was obvious to the JTEC panel that the Japanese have acquired the necessary skills and knowledge base to design and implement highly effective production systems. Although a high level of automation is evident in their production facilities, it is crucial to note that they strongly emphasize the importance of automation being closely linked to a highly skilled work force in order to obtain maximum production yields and to retain production flexibility.

With continuous commitment to process and equipment development, factory automation, and pursuit of enabling technologies, Japan has developed a strategic advantage over North America's electronics manufacturing industry. In the estimation of the JTEC panel, Japan's expertise in equipment, assembly, and component manufacturing is the most significant leading edge it has in electronic packaging.

Published: February 1995; WTEC Hyper-Librarian