24. August 2016

Industry 4.0: Blessing or curse for alleviating the shortage of skilled labor in the electronics industry? A look at Eastern Europe

(image: © Sogodel Vlad) What will the digital working environment of the future look like? The debate on the labor market 4.0 could hardly be more […]
22. September 2016

Robots and Operators

(image: © Kuka) We love to talk about the future, because while we do that, we can forget about today’s problems. Unfortunately when we start to […]
5. October 2016
Smart SMT Factories increase flexibility in electronic manufacturing

Why would I want to have a smart factory at all?

(image: © ASM) Dear Smart SMT Factory Forum community; In my recent blog titled “How to get started with the smart factory” I raised the question […]
5. October 2016
Most Smart SMT Factories will not be build on a greenfield ...

How to get started with the smart factory

(image: ©bogdanhoda) Hello to the Smart SMT Factory Forum community: The summer is almost over, and I hope you’ve had a relaxing and enjoyable summer vacation […]
7. October 2016
Lean Production is a fundament for the Smart SMT Factory

Industry 4.0 is the new kid on the block. How does it compare to MES & lean production?

(image: ©Frank11) Welcome back! This time I would like to share my views on how Industry 4.0, manufacturing execution systems and lean production approaches relate to […]
11. October 2016
ASM and KUKA: Robots will support material supply in electronics assembly

KUKA and ASM: Robots in the Smart #1 SMT Factory

(Image: ©Anna-Vaczi) Networking is the common thread in the development of the Smart #1 SMT Factory. Since this also applies to the relationships between technology leaders, […]
21. October 2016
Scoop Talk at SMTAi: IoT Call for Standards

IoT: The Call for Standards

Hello, standards for IoT communication were one of the hot topics at SMTAi 2016. In a a round-table discussion Philip Stoten from EMSnow had some interesting […]
14. November 2016

Interview: How smart are the factories of SMT equipment manufacturers?

(Image: ©ASM Assembly Systems) Equipment suppliers for the SMT factory of the future all claim that their products and solutions are smarter, more intelligent and more […]
2. December 2016

Calculating basic performance indicators for the smart factory: Overall Production Effectiveness (OPE)

(Image: ©Spencer) ‘How to get started with the smart factory’ is a question of interest not only to bloggers in the field, but to the entire […]
5. December 2016

The road to the smart SMT factory – a look at what’s happening in the Netherlands

(image: copyright RENA) People rise to the challenges they face. As hackneyed as this saying may sound, I believe it reflects the innovative strengths of our […]