ASM at IPC APEX 2019
ASM showcases breadth of portfolio, further advancements for integrated smart factory solutions
At APEX 2019, February 29 to 31 in San Diego, SMT Solutions provider ASM recreated a typical electronics manufacturing shop floor to showcase its broad portfolio and how its hardware, software and service solutions support electronics manufacturers in establishing their own integrated smart factory concepts. Following typical workflows in electronics manufacturing such as Planning, Virtual Production and Factory Monitoring, highlights at the booth included ASM Command Center, ASM Production Planner, and much more. The Hermes Standard and the new IPC Standard CFX also were buzzy topics at trade fair, underlining the increasing need for standardization in electronics manufacturing to achieve a more integrated, transparent production floor.
The capabilities of these standards were made clear at the IPC APEX production lines, with an ASM DEK NeoHorizon printer that was enabled to communicate board transfer information via the Hermes Standard, and machine to line software communication via the CFX standard. The lines consisted of 8 different machine suppliers all passing PCBs down the line using the Hermes protocol between the machines for the very first time.
At the ASM exhibit during APEX 2019 in San Diego, California, the SMT solutions provider highlighted its various efforts in fully realizing Smart Factory concepts in electronics manufacturing: its active participation in the development and implementation of new open standards, close collaboration with the members of the SMT Smart Network and broad portfolio of solutions for each major workflow in electronics production were prominent topics at the ASM booth.
Solutions for the integrated smart factory
"An intelligent, efficient electronics production calls for connectivity and integration of machines, processes and even various production sites. ASM, as a technology leader, has vastly expanded its portfolio to include open interfaces, standard protocols and integration platforms – for machines, entire lines and cloud solutions," says Mark Ogden, Senior Manager Marketing for ASM SMT Solutions in the Americas. "The way to show the complex ways in which these solutions interact to result in a smarter production floor, we recreated a typical factory set-up at our APEX booth." The display included SMT lines as well as a preparation area and a control center, where ASM presented solutions like ASM Command Center and ASM Production Planner, to facilitate planning jobs across multiple factory lines and support operators to prioritize and conduct their various assists effectively.
More highlighted solutions included demonstrations of DEK printer programming for offline creation of printer programs, SIPLACE Material Set Up Assistant for operator guidance for material logistics, DEK NeoHorizon as well as SIPLACE SX and SIPLACE TX placement platforms. ASM ProcessExpert uses stencil Gerber data and its broad knowledge base to make print process input (stencil type, solder paste, squeegee length, PCB support tooling and clamping) and parameter (print speed, print pressure, separation speed and cleaning rate) recommendations.
Live demonstrations of The Hermes Standard and CFX at IPC APEX
The increasing need for open standards was a prominent topic at APEX 2019. Therefore, a special showcase of the IPC, consisting of production lines set up by various equipment manufacturing that were running the Hermes and CFX standards live on site was busy throughout the show. Visitors to the IPC lines experienced live demonstrations and learned about the possibilities of the new standards. ASM contributed a DEK Neo Horizon printer that was enabled to communicate board transfer information via the Hermes Standard, and machine to line software communication via the CFX standard. The line consisted of 8 different machine suppliers all passing PCBs down the line using the Hermes protocol between the machines for the very first time. No prior testing of the machine to machine handover had been done before the show, but by the time the show opened all machines were communicating with each other and passing PCBs down the line. This was proof that the standard can be implemented independently and then made to work smoothly on site.
As well as the Hermes standard, the DEK NeoHorizon printer was also set up to send messages regarding machine states to a higher level dashboard via the CFX standard. This dashboard was used on the ASM main booth, as part of the ASM "Control Center" to illustrate the remote data collection capability using the CFX standard. For more information, visit www.asm-smt.com.
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