Industry 4.0 and Smart Factory are the keywords of networked production. Inspection systems for checking solder paste, solder joints and component placement are networked with each other and communicate with other machines in the entire electronics production line. Not only is the final quality of the produced electronic assemblies themselves becoming more and more important - the quality of the production processes is becoming increasingly demanding.
Suitable data interfaces and powerful software tools are needed so that the machines can react independently to process fluctuations and exchange information with each other.
The following graphic shows exemplarily how the test systems of GÖPEL electronic are networked in the production line and communicate with each other.
The GÖPEL electronic Inspection Solutions support the Hermes Standard.
The open, manufacturer-independent and freely available protocol based on TCP/IP and XML is used for machine communication in SMT production lines. This allows smart SMT lines to be set up much more easily and cost-efficiently, making the manufacturing process transparent and traceable.
The Hermes standard replaces the SMEMA standard. It offers flexible structures for seamless and loss-free data exchange across all stations of an SMT line. With the focus on board flow management, PCBs can be tracked without loss of time. Since, in contrast to the SMEMA interface, separate Ethernet interfaces are not required, PCBs do not have to be synchronized. The use of standard components and modern data formats also simplifies the integration process and reduces costs.
The Hermes Standard is IPC-Standard according to IPC-HERMES-9852.