8. December 2016
Per-Johan Edgren, Manufacturing Process Manager Aros electronics AB

My thrilling visit to Sweden

(image: (c) HighTech communications) Did you think that a smart, highly automated SMT factory is a suitable concept for big, high volume productions only – but […]
18. January 2017

Lack of data standards increases integration costs for users

(image: shutterstock_340734737_copyright_Niklebedev) There are many debates going on about the best way to implement the smart factory. One thing the experts agree on, however: the flexible […]
5. February 2017
Flash Memory with Secure Element increase IoT security

Flash Memory with built-in security features: Flexible security for the Smart Factory

(image: copyright a-image) The basis of every Smart Factory concept is machine-to-machine (M2M) communication. Machines, sensors and actuators are connected to each other and with wider […]
10. February 2017
Guidelines for security in the IoT

IT security in Industry 4.0 – New guideline provides food for thought

(image: copyright Plattform Industrie 4.0) Supported by the Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy, the “Plattform Industrie 4.0” initiative has issued a new guideline: “IT […]
17. February 2017
Sawyer Robot in ASM SMT production

Automation potential for low-volume/high-mix production environments: Collaborative robotics in SIPLACE’s smart factory in Munich

(image: ASM Assembly Systems) In the overall production effectiveness (OPE) measurement I introduced in my previous post we have found a smart tool for the SIPLACE […]
22. February 2017

APEX 2017 – Collaboration at every turn

(image: Scoop) As the electronics manufacturing industry heads home from San Diego, many will reflect on the last three days of exhibition and conference with a […]
16. March 2017

Interfaces for RFID and robots in SMT lines

(image: copyright ASM) I covered the subject of interfaces for robots and operators in a previous blog post. After raising many questions in this regard during […]
11. April 2017

Progress! Manufacturers agree on open standard for M2M communication for SMT assembly lines

At last, an open, cross-vendor protocol standard for SMT assembly lines and thus a key building block for process-integration and the Smart Factory. We’ve often criticized […]
18. April 2017

Smart factory: Why “being unfaithful” may make sense

(image: copyright Knapp / youtube) Electronics manufacturing is a very specialized job with highly complex tasks. As a result, the equipment market is dominated by SMT […]
26. April 2017
Digitization will change the way we work

Shift change: New labor models for the SMT industry

(image: fotolia_113578100_copyright_bakthiarzein) Is Industry 4.0 a blessing or a curse for alleviating the skilled labor shortage in the electronics industry? The emotional discussion of the “labor […]