17. August 2016

McKinsey study: Surprisingly concrete tips for implementing Industry 4.0

(Image: ©Who is Danny) Without a doubt, business consultants play a useful role. Their studies can provide a “helicopter view” of trends and innovations that many […]
21. October 2016
Scoop Talk at SMTAi: IoT Call for Standards

IoT: The Call for Standards

Hello, standards for IoT communication were one of the hot topics at SMTAi 2016. In a a round-table discussion Philip Stoten from EMSnow had some interesting […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
22. February 2017

APEX 2017 – Collaboration at every turn

(image: Scoop) As the electronics manufacturing industry heads home from San Diego, many will reflect on the last three days of exhibition and conference with a […]
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 […]