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 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

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 […]
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 […]
5. May 2017

“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 […]