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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]