The great “All About Open Automation” show

Each month we’ll bring you an action-packed livestream with hook-ups to international SMT hot spots, interviews with experts, application examples of Open Automation in real SMT factories, and much more.

Why automation?
How can individual electronics manufacturing processes be improved in a way that makes sense financially?
What can software accomplish?
What can hardware accomplish?
How do integrated M2M and vertical communication work?

Learn more about these and other topics in our livestreams and get a leg up on the competition.
Have questions during the event? Chat with our experts immediately afterward.

Host Laszlo Sereny, Head of ASMPT Global Learning & Information Management and his team look forward to your participation.

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Next stream: WEDNESDAY NOV 30, 2022 09:00 CET live

You cannot have Industry 4.0 without a suitable manufacturing execution system (MES), the central software solution for SMT production that closes the gap between the ERP system and the shop floor. Host Laszlo Sereny and his studio guests will explain why every factory benefits from an MES. You will also get to know Critical Manufacturing MES, the modular and comprehensive solution for the specific needs of the SMT industry. Descriptive use cases will show you how to get started, how long it takes to implement an MES, and what factors need to be considered.

Wednesday
Mar 23, 2022
16:00 CET


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The 80/20 rule: Automating in a way that makes sense financially

Host: Laszlo Sereny, Head of Global Learning & Information Management ASMPT

Studioguests: Alexander Hagenfeldt, Head of Global Solutions Marketing ASMPT, and Rob Raine, Senior Manager Factory Automation ASMPT

From the Center of Competence: Kenneth Koh, Head of Solutions Marketing ROA ASMPT

The digital transformation and automation are the main drivers of Industry 4.0, from which SMT manufacturers hope to gain more efficiency, productivity, and resiliency. Are these pipe dreams or real opportunities? Together with his studio guests, Laszlo Sereny analyzes the concrete effects of automation in SMT production and explains with help of the Pareto Principle how SMT manufacturers can invest in phased automation in a way that makes financial sense and what Elon Musk can still learn from Open Automation. Enjoy a successful mix of hands-on examples directly from the Center of Competence and the concentrated knowledge of automation experts.

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The Pareto Principle

Looking at the degree of automation under the maxim of achieving the best possible return on investment (ROI), the “Pareto Principle” states that 20 percent of the resources deployed will deliver 80 percent of the results. Any additional percentage point of improvement requires a disproportionate amount of additional expenditures and should therefore be weighed with great care. From an ROI-based point of view, a fully automated shop floor rarely delivers optimal results.

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The 80/20 rule, or why the right ratio matters also in automation

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Wednesday
Apr 27, 2022
16:00 CET


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LEAF: The four-factor model for economical automation

Host: Laszlo Sereny, Head of Global Learning & Information Management ASMPT

Studioguests: Rob Raine, Senior Manager Factory Automation ASMPT and Michael Schimpf, Marketing Application Manager ASMPT

Direct from the factory floor with hands-on tips for SMT production automation: Alessandro Bonara, Head of Global Prefabrication & Electronic ASMPT

LEAF stands for “labor”, “error probability”, “automation” and “frequency”. The four-factor model can be the foundation and decision aid for SMT manufacturers to determine which automation step on their line makes sense and which doesn’t. Rob Raine explains the model using the example of a solder paste printer, and Jens Katschke shows directly from the Center of Competence the features users should focus on when they implement Open Automation.

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LEAF – the four-factor check

LEAF provides the basis for calculating whether an automation step makes economic sense.
The questions are:
How labor-intensive is a task in terms of manual activity?
How often is it possible to make a mistake, how serious is it, and how easily can it be detected?
What investments (money, space, infrastructure) are needed to realize the automation step?
How frequently does an activity or process step get executed?

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Evaluating automation opportunities, where does automation on SMT lines really make sense?

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Wednesday
May 25, 2022
16:00 CET


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Getting connected: IPC-HERMES vs. SMEMA

Host: Laszlo Sereny, Head of Global Learning & Information Management ASMPT

Studioguests: Haithem Jeridi, Solutions Marketing Manager ASMPT, and Johannes Lettenbauer, Solutions Marketing Manager ASMPT

Direct from the factory floor with hands-on tips for SMT production automation: Alessandro Bonara, Head of Global Prefabrication & Electronic ASMPT

Open Automation combines seamless M2M communication with third-party solutions and the integration of existing systems. Essential components are open interfaces such as the IPC-HERMES standard for horizontal and IPC-CFX for vertical communication. In this livestream you will learn what benefits IPC-HERMES delivers relative to SMEMA in terms of equipment investment, line length and user assists, and what opportunities are available for retrofitting your production with IPC-HERMES.

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The IPC-HERMES standard

The non-proprietary IPC-HERMES-9852 protocol features advanced M2M communication for board flow management on SMT production lines. It forwards PCB-related information together with the board along the components of an SMT line. In addition, the product itself becomes a driver of changes, for example by triggering automatic conveyor width adjustments or program changes. The IPC-HERMES standard also provides the foundation for the continuous traceability of circuit boards in an SMT line.

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Openness and standards – where freedom matters

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Wednesday
Jul 27, 2022
09:00 CET


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Data: Measure, collect and analyze

Host: Laszlo Sereny, Head of Global Learning & Information Management ASMPT

Studioguests: Jérôme Rousval, Solutions Marketing Manager ASMPT and Stéphane LeRoux, Line Solutions Marketing Manager ASMPT

From the Center of Competence: Jessen Cunnusamy, Product Marketing Specialist ROA ASMPT

Special interview with AOI specialist Viscom

Without real-time data and the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT), meaningful automation of electronics manufacturers’ shop floors is not feasible. But how do you obtain all this data from your SMT line? What data can actually be recorded and collected? And how do you distinguish important from less important data? Which systems and solutions support this? Using the example of the Process Expert system, we explain how it uses data from the entire line to control the printing process. We talk about solutions for the automated monitoring, analysis and interpretation of all relevant performance indicators – from the individual machine to the entire SMT line to the factory-wide coverage of all SMT equipment.

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Process Expert

A prime example of step-by-step automation: Combined with the Process Engine expert software, the Process Lens SPI system becomes the world’s only automatic inline SPI expert system step by step. Open interfaces, protocols and AI make it possible to integrate third-party solutions such as AOI systems. In this way, the Process Expert learns from every single printing and assembly action, enabling it to control and improve printing processes entirely on its own.

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Step by step from measuring to autonomous process control with Open Automation

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Wednesday
Aug 31, 2022
09:00 CET


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Using data for automation:
Workflows on the line

Host: Laszlo Sereny, Head of Global Learning & Information Management ASMPT

Studioguests: Haithem Jeridi, Solutions Marketing Manager ASMPT and Mathias Heinz, Line Solutions Manager ASMPT

From the Center of Competence: Mark Ogden, Senior Marketing Manager AMCAS ASMPT

From the shopfloor: Alessandro Bonara, Head of Global Prefabrication & Electronics ASMPT

The more robots, the better? You might think so, but intelligent data management and powerful software are at least equally important for automation that makes sense. The goal is to design and automate complex manufacturing processes as well as individual employee tasks with effective, user-friendly applications. Learn how the end-to-end Open Automation concept and powerful software get the most out of your SMT equipment and your valuable data, improve your productivity, and reduce your workload – and how you can implement your integrated smart factory quickly, easily and efficiently with a smart shop floor management system.

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WORKS – Smart Shopfloor
Management Suite

WORKS makes it easy to optimize and automate all tasks on the shop floor of an SMT factory. You no longer need to deal with a grab-bag of applications from different providers, error-prone Excel lists and other unproductive temporary solutions. With WORKS, you can easily install and expand the management of your shop floor tasks in each phase step by step – administered and operated from a uniform launchpad.

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Evaluating automation opportunities, where does automation on SMT lines really make sense?

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Wednesday
Sep 28, 2022
09:00 CET


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Automation and employment in electronics manufacturing

Host: Laszlo Sereny, Head of Global Learning & Information Management ASMPT

Studioguests: Rob Raine, Senior Manager Factory Automation & Process ASMPT, Anita Hager, ASMPT HR specialist, Dieter Weiss, founder and CEO of EMS market analytics company in4ma

“Where did everyone go?” asked German news magazine DER SPIEGEL in a July 2022 article about the increasing shortage of skilled labor in many industries. ASMPT host Laszlo Sereny and his studio guests won't have a generally valid answer either – much less a solution to the problem, which has become ubiquitous in the electronics manufacturing industry. But our experts will explain in this installment how you can compensate for the shortage with smart solutions and how you can relieve your employees from repetitive routine tasks that don’t add a lot of value. Learn how teams will be assembled in the future, how you can save time and effort, and what impact this will have on your productivity and profitability. Staff training and clever M2H communication will play critical roles in this development.

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WORKS – Software for
smart operator pools

With the WORKS Command Center software smart operator can run their factories much faster and more efficiently. The application bundles requests from the factory floor, prioritizes them, and assigns them proactively and skill-based with sufficient lead time. The assist requests of the lines then appear as tasks on the mobile device of an available operator. The result is the efficient execution of assists across lines in flexible, smart operator pools.

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Machines and mobile robots are the new coworkers in electronics factories, but this connection calls for synchronization

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Wednesday
Oct 26, 2022
09:00 CET


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IPC-CFX – the only interface you need?!

Host: Laszlo Sereny, Head of Global Learning & Information Management ASMPT

Studioguests: Tamara Sites, CFX Business Development Manager at IPC; Michael Ford, Senior Director Emerging Industry Strategy at Aegis Software Corp.; and Thomas Marktscheffel, Director Product Management Software Solutions at ASMPT

Joining remotely: Detlef Beer, Head of Product Development in the SP Division of Viscom AG

Put an end to the expensive and labor-intensive implementation and maintenance of various proprietary interfaces for M2M and M2H communication in electronics production! With the 100-percent open, license-free IPC-CFX communication standard, Industry 4.0 and the Internet of Things can be implemented quickly and easily via plug-and-play and all manufacturing processes. Host Laszlo Sereny will discuss with his studio guests why IPC-CFX is truly the only interface you need for digitizing and automating your production and why ASMPT fully supports it. They will cover its usability, interoperability, data security, legal constraints, investment protection, and associated standards such as IPC-HERMES-9852. We’ll also look at the current situation in SMT factories and show how IPC-CFX can improve your communication in one fell swoop.

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IPC-CFX – the open standard
for the smart SMT factory of the future

IPC-CFX (Connected Factory Exchange) is an industry-developed open international standard forming the foundation/backbone of Industry 4.0 and IoT applications. IPC-CFX is a plug-and-play solution that simplifies and standardizes machine-to-machine communication while also facilitating machine-to-business and business-to-machine applications without the need for middleware. With the support of MES, PLM, ERP and many other system resources, IPC-CFX makes seamless integration from the shop floor to the factory level and to the corporate or cloud level possible – including all the elements of a state-of-the-art IoT communication solution: a secure protocol for connectivity, secure data encryption, and data content definitions.

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Openness and standards – where freedom matters. Without open standard interfaces, effective and efficient automation in manufacturing is not possible.

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Wednesday
Nov 30, 2022
09:00 CET


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Participating is better than standing on the sidelines: MES makes you Industry 4.0–capable

Host: Laszlo Sereny, Head of Global Learning & Information Management ASMPT

Studioguests: Michaela Wagner, Sales Manager SMT Critical Manufacturing and Óscar Martins, Deployment Services Manager SMT / Electronics Critical Manufacturing

You cannot have Industry 4.0 without a suitable manufacturing execution system (MES), the central software solution for SMT production that closes the gap between the ERP system and the shop floor. Host Laszlo Sereny and his studio guests will explain why every factory benefits from an MES. You will also get to know Critical Manufacturing MES, the modular and comprehensive solution for the specific needs of the SMT industry. Descriptive use cases will show you how to get started, how long it takes to implement an MES, and what factors need to be considered.

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Critical Manufacturing (CM)

The ASMPT subsidiary has stood for custom-tailored MES solutions since 2009. As a comprehensive solution that is advanced, flexible and highly configurable, Critical Manufacturing MES masters the big challenges in Industry 4.0, such as communication between SMT lines, automated material storage systems, inspection systems, robots, and manual assembly stations. It delivers precise real-time information about component consumption and features complete tracking and tracing on individual reference levels, as well as comprehensive setup and process control.

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Technical guide to electronics industry MES requirements: 15 different industry challenges to enhance operations performance

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Wednesday
Dec 14, 2022
09:00 CET


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Automation myths and truths

Host: Laszlo Sereny, Head of Global Learning & Information Management ASMPT

Studioguests: Rob Raine, Senior Manager Factory Automation & Process ASMPT and Dr. Marc Lakner, Partner & Managing Director Kearney

From the Center of Competence: Günter Lauber, CEO ASMPT SMT Solutions

From the shopfloor: Alessandro Bonara, Head of Global Prefabrication & Electronics ASMPT

There are many myths about automation: it costs jobs, is uneconomical for smaller plants, and goes hand-in-hand with a loss of control. In the last installment for this year, host Laszlo and his studio guests will clear up such prejudices. They will summarize the most important points from the preceding installments such as the unique LEAF evaluation model for financially feasible automation, the role of open standards, or the use of data. They will also cover the subject of resilience in detail. They will clarify what resilience means, why it is so critically important especially today, and how you can implement resilience in your supply chain.

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Open Automation

Open Automation puts an end to rigid, inflexible and unnecessarily expensive automation projects. The modular and non-proprietary concept from ASMPT gives you the freedom you need to design your Integrated Smart Factory in accordance with your individual needs and on your own schedule. Talk with us or book your personal remote demo with ASMPT specialists at our Center of Competence in Munich.

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Open Automation for the Integrated Smart Factory: Modular. Flexible. Vendor-independent

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Your personal live presentation

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