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 […]
15. August 2016

Three reasons why it has taken several decades to advance to Industry 4.0

A short look back with the help of Wikipedia: How did connectivity and the Internet evolve from the 1960s to 2000s? (Image: ©5 Second Studio) The […]
17. August 2016

IT and process experts: The smart SMT factory requires new forms of cooperation

(Image: ©Dirk Ercken) The seamless networking of data, devices and systems is an essential prerequisite for Industry 4.0. Ideally, the various components (sensors, devices, systems, etc.) […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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. […]
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 […]
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 […]