Smart Factories Will Transform Manufacturing Capabilities

The age of smart factories is here already. And it brings with it a promise of transforming manufacturing productivity and efficiency. Dropping prices of sensor technology coupled with an ability to harvest previously hidden data and an all-pervasive Internet signals…
How Industry 4.0 impacts globalization

One of the earliest flights between two countries took place on January 7, 1785, when Jean-Pierre Blanchard and John Jeffries crossed the English Channel by hot air balloon. It wasn’t until over a century later that a heavier-than-air object repeated…
Standardized M2M communication in SMT production

New “The Hermes Standard” communication protocol to advance Industry 4.0 in electronics manufacturing At a meeting in Munich, 16 leading equipment suppliers to the electronics manufacturing industry have agreed on the non-proprietary “The Hermes Standard for vendor-independent machine-to-machine communication in…