The PCB-assembly world is not static by any means. Customers demand larger varieties of more complex products, all of which have to be delivered with perfect quality, on time, and at a low price. All these factors lead potentially to instability of an operation. A shift to more high-mix production as opposed to high volume production of a small number of products has demonstrated the need to address the requirements of PCB production planners. This white paper will explore the needs to this area and solutions that are available to improve the ability of PCB manufacturers to deliver profitability, given the demands of a high-mix environment.