An analysis of three vertical communication protocols used in the SMT manufacturing industry. By André Corriveau, Cogiscan CTO
With Industry 4.0 a hot topic in SMT manufacturing, everyone is talking about connectivity. Without machine connectivity Industry 4.0 simply isn’t feasible – it becomes a smoke screen made up of hype and technology-focused buzz words.
To boil Industry 4.0 down to its foundational level of connectivity doesn’t necessarily simplify the problem, as the challenges related to connectivity in electronics manufacturing are nuanced and complicated. With an installed base across the globe of several hundreds of thousands of different types of SMT machines with varying vintages, models, and software capabilities, connecting machines and gathering available data that suits many types of manufacturing ecosystems… well, it’s as complex as it sounds!