It is not just making nice cars that the Germans are good at, trade shows are also up there. Being an even numbered year, there is no Productronica, which means the smaller SMT Hybrid Packaging show, taking place in Nuremberg from the 5th to the 7th of June, takes the strain as the focus of attention for technology and innovation in the electronics assembly manufacturing market. So, with only six months since the last Productronica show in Munich, how much new stuff to look out for can there be?
I guess that we have to put things in context with Industry 4.0. The achievement of Industry 4.0 digital factory operation requires three critical elements, all of which Aegis will have at our booth 4-150 at the show. The first is the introduction of the new IoT-based industry standard for the live and secure exchange of data between machines and processes, IPC’s CFX. Aegis is a key participant in the show-wide, live, IPC Connected Factory Exchange (CFX) IoT demo. In its European debut, data is gathered live from many machines and vendors across the whole show-floor, and made available to every visitor to the show, simply by looking at simple metrics and analytic reports delivered to their mobile phones.
The second critical element for the achievement of Industry 4.0 is to have MES software that is specifically designed for Industry 4.0 and IoT technology. Aegis’ FactoryLogix software is unique in this respect, the latest release of which features many new and improved functions, including the integration of Administrative Quality Management, which combines CAPA (Corrective And Preventive Action) and FRACAS (Failure Reporting, Analysis, and Corrective Action System). The real value of Administrative Quality Management is that unlike in-process quality tools that ensure that every product is shipped without defects, administrative quality actually automates corrections and continuous improvement procedures such that defects don’t occur in the first place. Together with the existing automated symptom and defect data collection and reporting capabilities, FactoryLogix provides a unique and complete world-class quality solution.
The third critical element for Industry 4.0 is the understanding of the business case and operational goals, that utilize the latest technology to its fullest extent. Experts in Industry 4.0 for business and strategy will be available for one-on-one discussions at the Aegis booth.
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