Products | November 18, 2021
ASM presents its innovative automation concept
Since efficiency, productivity and resilience drive automation in SMT production, ASM presents at this year’s Productronica trade fair under the motto “Open Automation in the Integrated Smart Factory” a comprehensive, open and modular concept for seamless M2M communication and the integration of third-party solutions and existing systems based on open interfaces such as the Hermes standard and IPC-CFX. A practical example of this concept is presented on ASM’s Open Automation Line, which even features autonomous robots (AIVs) that supply materials and remove placement waste.
This is a product release announcement by ASM Assembly Systems GmbH & Co. KG. The issuer is solely responsible for its content.
Optimal degree of automation The result of any transformation should be a factory that’s more cost-effective, efficient, and flexible while turning out higher-quality products. Looking at the degree of automation under the maxim of achieving the best possible return on investment, the “Pareto Principle” claims that 20 percent of the resources deployed will deliver 80 percent of the results. Any additional percentage point of improvement requires disproportionate expenditures and should therefore be considered with great care. From an ROI-centered perspective, a fully automated shop floor rarely delivers optimal results. With the modular Open Automation concept, electronics manufacturers can find the optimal degree of automation themselves while implementing it at the pace that best suits their specific requirements. Existing lines and elements can be integrated into Open Automation regardless of their source, and processes can be automated step by step in order to achieve sustainable investment protection. In addition, the concept makes it possible to integrate future technologies such as autonomous process control and AI systems into your workflows with relatively little effort. The line which ASM presents at the Productronica to illustrate the practical application of Open Automation consists of the latest DEK printer, the ASM ProcessLens 5D inline SPI system, SIPLACE placement machines, an AOI system from Viscom, handling systems from Nutek, and software solutions from ASM and its sister company Critical Manufacturing. ASM will demonstrate various modular automation applications at its booth, including complete setup changeovers by replacing feeder tables with centrally controlled AIVs. The robots can switch out tables with no manual assists and return tables that are no longer needed to the setup area. Mapping of automated material flow processes Material flow processes will also be presented at the booth, including the automatic loading and unloading of boards and finished products with AIVs. For example, the SIPLACE placement machines may signal refill requirements to the ASM Material Manager, which then instructs an AIV to pick up components from the automated ASM Material Manager storage system that has already arranged the reels in a setup-optimized sequence. The mobile robot meets an operator at the line who has been notified of the pending refill process by ASM Command Center, the company’s smart operator management software. The special feature of this approach is that it is not limited to component reels but works equally well for things like board magazines, stencils, or solder paste. Even tasks like the disposal of waste can be automated with AIVs. Likewise, the transport between the main warehouse and other storage systems can be handled with autonomous transport robots to ensure the continuous supply of the production lines. The printing process on the line is controlled by the self-learning ASM ProcessExpert system with optional autonomous optimization. The system continuously monitors and processes the data generated during the placement process in order to run trend analyses that make it possible to optimize the component pickup rates. In addition, AOI data from any third-party system can be integrated into the ASM ProcessExpert via IPC-CFX. This enables the fast and detailed data correlation of all process steps along the entire line, broken down to a single pad, for comprehensive root cause analyses in the rare case that faults occur.
Micron to invest $100 billion in New York megafab Micron says it will invest up to USD 100 Billion to build a megafab in central New York, creating approximately 9,000 direct Micron jobs.
onsemi expands operations in Romania The American semiconductor company is opening a new – 3,000 square metre – design center for semiconductor chips in Bucharest, Romania.
Swedish semiconductor manufacturer plans to increase production following investment round SweGaN, a Swedish manufacturer of custom-made Gallium Nitride on Silicon Carbide (GaN-on-SiC) epitaxial wafers, has completed a Series A financing round totaling SEK 125 million (EUR 12 million).
1,000 GF employee’s to transfer to onsemi following fab sale Back in April of 2019, GlobalFoundries agreed to sell its 300 mm fab in East Fishkill, New York, to onsemi. The sale is now nearing completion and the fab, along with its employees will transfer to onsemi.
Fusion Sourcing Group to represent Intelligent Memory Intelligent Memory (IM), a manufacturer of industrial-grade memory product solutions, has signed Fusion Sourcing Group as its representative in the Northeast United States.
Arm names new Chief Financial Officer Arm has appointed Jason Child as Chief Financial Officer (CFO). Child brings more than 30 years of experience in leadership at high-growth companies and scaling global finance functions to his new role.
Spain launches foundry for III-V semiconductors Spain launches its first commercial foundry for III-V Semiconductors targeting integrated photonics.
Silicon Labs expands in India – opens new office in Hyderabad Silicon Labs has officially inaugurated its new office in Hyderabad, located at Salarpuria Sattva Knowledge City. This new office will also be Silicon Labs' largest global centre for engineering and wireless connectivity innovation.
Poland and Taiwan sign agreement on semiconductor collaboration The Polish Office in Taipei and the Taipei Representative Office in Poland have signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) to establish the Taiwanese-Polish working group on semiconductors.
Kioxia to adjust flash memory production by 30% at two plants Japan’s Kioxia Corporation says that it will reduce the production volume at two of its flash memory plants.
TI starts production at new 300mm fab in Richardson, Texas Texas Instruments' newest 300-millimeter wafer fab in Richardson, Texas, has started initial production and will ramp output over the coming months.
KLA to build a new R&D and manufacturing facility in Wales KLA Corporation says that it plans to build a new R&D and manufacturing center for the SPTS division, in Newport, Wales, UK.
Additional DoD funding reaches SkyWater US semiconductor foundry SkyWater Technology says that the Department of Defense (DoD) has awarded the company up to USD 99 million as a continuation of the previous initiative to advance onshore production capabilities for strategic radiation-hardened (rad-hard) electronics.
Comet Technologies expands manufacturing in Malaysia Comet Technologies says that it aims to double its production capacity in Malaysia – the company will add 30,000 square feet and about 200 employees to its operations in the country.
Swissbit expands its manufacturing capability in Berlin A new USD multi-million investment will add a new new semiconductor packaging line to Swissbit's electronics production in Berlin, Germany.
Henkel acquires Thermexit business from Nanoramic Henkel has completed the acquisition of the Thermal Management Materials business of Nanoramic Laboratories (Nanoramic) headquartered in Boston, Massachusetts, USA, marketed under the brand Thermexit.
Mobix Labs to acquire EMI Solutions Fabless semiconductor company, Mobix Labs, says it has signed a definitive agreement to acquire EMI Solutions, an Irvine-based manufacturer of electromagnetic interference (EMI) filtering products.
Hexatronic acquires the data center specialist Swedish Hexatronic Group has signed an agreement to acquire 90% of the shares in UK-based Impact Data Solutions Limited (IDS Group).
Kontron AIS takes over LUCOM As of September first, 2022, Kontron AIS GmbH has taken over LUCOM GmbH and thus strengthen its portfolio as an IIoT solution provider for industrial software and industrial automation.
VinFast and Renesas ink strategic partnership Vietnamese EV maker, VinFast, is expanding its collaboration with Japanese semiconductor company Renesas to include automotive technology development of EVs and delivery of system components.
Intel's close to making final selection for new Italian site The Italian government and Intel have reportedly selected the town of Vigasio in the northeastern Veneto region as their preferred site for the company’s future chip factory in Italy.
FPT Software launches chipmaking subsidiary Vietnamese ICT company, FPT Software, announces that it has launched a new chip subsidiary, FPT Semiconductor, meaning that the company is entering the booming semiconductor industry.
Habia Cable opens its brand new Polish production facility Habia Cable has officially inaugurated its new, purpose-built, production facility in Poland.
Astera Labs opens new Vancouver location Connectivity solutions specialist Astera Labs has officially opened Astera Labs Vancouver – a new office and lab to support the company’s development of interconnect technologies for AI and Machine Learning architectures.
Qualcomm's automotive design-win pipeline expands to $30B Qualcomm says that its automotive design-win pipeline has grown to USD 30 billion, driven by increased adoption of the company's Snapdragon Digital Chassis solutions across the auto industry.
Henkel expands South Dakota facility Henkel has broken ground on a 35,000 square-foot expansion of its production facility in Brandon, South Dakota. The expanded facility will add new manufacturing muscles and allow Henkel to increase production of thermal interface materials used to manufacture electronics and electric vehicles.Load more news