28. April 2017

Everything moves faster than expected: Impressions from the Digital Factory trade fair in Hanover

(images: (c) Peter Kronfeld) Imagine you stand in front of a monitor and a software developer asks what information you would like to receive from a […]
5. May 2017
Thomas Bliem talks about the Hermes Standard

“The Hermes Standard will replace SMEMA”

(image: copyright ASM Assembly Systems) So far, 17 equipment manufacturers from the SMT industry have come together to form “The Hermes Standard” initiative.  Their goal: create […]
18. May 2017
Alessandro Bonara, Fertigungsleiter bei ASM

Seven tips for using robotics in SMT production

29. May 2017
Trevor Galbraith, publisher and editor-in-chief Global SMT & Packaging

“The evolution of AI in the smart factory” – by Trevor Galbraith

(images: GlobalSMT, BBC) After meeting him at SMT Hybrid Packaging I asked Trevor Galbraith, publisher and editor-in-chief of Global SMT & Packaging for a guest commentary. […]
11. July 2017

SMT Hybrid Packaging 2017: Warm-up event for the Productronica show this fall

The SMT Hybrid Packaging trade shows suffers during Productronica years. Manufacturers hold many innovations back until the fall. 2017 was no exception. Only a few exhibitors […]
14. July 2017
Despte security risks: cloud solutions will be preferred for smart factory solutions

Despite WannaCry, the cloud cannot be stopped

(image: shutterstock_146680703_©_ESB-Professional_ASM) Hacker attacks with ransomware like WannaCry and Petrwrap are keeping the world busy. Even large companies look powerless as their central IT systems are […]
25. July 2017

MES-Integration of SMT shop-floor at BYD, China

ASM invited me to visit a number of electronic manufacturers in China and India. Why? All these companies teamed up with ASM and established ASM’s SmartNet, […]
28. July 2017
Gerald G. Wong, CEO of CIG

CIG: Why a „Dark Factory“ should not scare you

After my visit at BYD I travelled to CIG (Cambridge Industries Group), an ICT equipment manufacturer in Shanghai. Based on its strong in-house engineering division CIG […]
14. August 2017

The need for metrology in inspection and process monitoring

(images: courtesy of Trevor Galbraith) In the evolving Industry 4.0 debate for machine-to-machine communication, one could easily make the analogy if machines are the limbs of […]
26. September 2017

“Dark Factory” and “Lights out electronics assembly”?

In one of my recent posts I reported on my visit at CIG (Cambridge Industries Group), an ICT equipment manufacturer in Shanghai. During this visit CEO […]