How can companies approach the ideal of industry 4.0? In this category you will find posts and discussions on specific projects.

13. May 2016

“Data interpretation is an issue that keeps me busy …”

(image: ©ASM) I was recently able to interview Hubert Egger, the person in charge of software development at equipment maker ASM. Here are some excerpts: You […]
7. June 2016

Bundesministerium fördert Industrie 4.0-Projekte

Elektronikfertiger, die ihre Fertigung in Richtung Smart Factory ausrichten wollen, können solche Projekte u.U. fördern lassen. Mit der Richtlinie zur Förderung von KMU “Industrie 4.0-Testumgebungen – Mobilisierung […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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