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3 reasons to digitize your electronics development in 2021

The year 2020 brought major changes with it – privately, professionally and economically. Without any doubt, the crisis brought all of us to their limits, but we also grew. The German presence culture was completely turned upside down – every fourth person worked remotely in December 2020. This led to a wave of digitalization. 40% of the companies are now better equipped than before the crisis, according to Bitkom. The virus pandemic can be considered as a catalyst. This trend makes the beginning of 2021 the perfect date to not stop, but to hustle the digitalization on. There might be some special challenges in the electronics industry, nevertheless, we identified three reasons why you should tackle it now.

1. Hybrid collaboration as a challenge

At this point, everyone is convinced about these developments in the working world being long-term. One has to get used to the thought of proceeding hybrid meetings that are partly in person and partly online. The cultural challenge is to also include virtual participants, which is not easy. It requires an active leading of a debate. But not only meetings have to be possible in a hybrid way, workflows should be feasible from home, too. At this point, the technical barriers start. Companies have to create platforms every coworker has access to – from everywhere and anytime.

2. Next step: digitize electronics development

In the meantime, most companies can provide all technical requirements to digitize the everyday work. Step by step, even work processes that were never considered can now be carried out digitally. Particularly in the electronics industry, it was assumed that doing development processes completely digitally was still a thing of the future. Until now, access to lists containing already developed components was usually only possible on site and information was laboriously exchanged via mail. This is not only overly complicated during a pandemic, but also not a sustainable strategy for the future. Companies must therefore create access to data to enable fully digital decentralized electronics development, for example with a Cloud System. Especially the electronics industry’s trust in clouds was not big enough so far, which decelerated the digitalization process. Due to the obliged conversion, a basis of trust has been established that allows to digitize processes and offers a long-term solution.

3. Mindset: Electronic as the basis of digitalization

Digitalization is only possible due to connected devices. Connected devices again do not work without a PCB. In this context it almost sounds absurd that these PCBs are developed in the same procedure since CAD-Tools were created 60 years ago. Of course, the tools improved and offer growing possibilities, but a significant innovation is not be long in coming. Because of the ongoing digitalization, there are process innovations in almost all sectors, but the electronics industry circumvented this successfully until now. However, particularly the electronics industry as a basic element of digital technologies should work on digitizing and optimizing its processes. The developers have to be aware of being an elementary part of our digital world and push it forward as role models. New methods have to be created now.

COVID-19 as a catalyst paved the way to tackle this overdue revolution in the electronics development. CELUS combines all mentioned aspects. As Startup we have the modern mindset that drives us to rethink the current methods in the electronics development. According to our analytics one of the most thwarting lacks in collaboration among electronics developers is adequately reusing designs from colleagues. Our CELUS Engineering Platform is cloud-based, which means that the library is accessible for every engineer. Our software also supports you with the Library Management, especially with the upload of files to be sure that every needed information is connected to the specific design. This enables a smooth collaboration from everywhere – also hybrid. Design Reuse significantly accelerates the development process, which gives you resources for new innovations.