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With Open Automation, ASMPT has developed a concept that provides an alternative to fully automated shop floors because of their tendency to be inflexible and expensive. It allows electronics manufacturers to determine the degree and speed of their transition to automation in a way that works best for them because ASMPT’s modular approach combines seamless M2M communication with the ability to integrate third-party solutions and existing systems. As a tool for the economically feasible optimization of processes and for achieving gains in quality and efficiency, Open Automation gives electronics manufacturers the flexibility they need.
What would the optimal automation of your SMT production look like, and what potential might it offer? Open Automation provides comprehensive answers.
To develop the Open Automation concept, ASMPT has evaluated machines, procedures and process steps in countless scenarios and evaluated their potential. The result: Maximum flexibility, total ROI orientation, productivity gains and investment protection for your integrated smart factory.
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Open Automation synchronizes all relevant parameters for material preparation and product changeovers in terms of equipment, people, material, and processes. From stencils and consumables to individual material supplies and complete changeover tables, everything is ready on time and optimizes for each setup.The Factory Automation software module functions as the interface to higher-level systems such as MES and ERP while controlling all material flow processes automated via AIVs.
The openness and consistency in communication that is an essential part of Open Automation opens the door to entirely new applications. Laser marking in PCB preparation is just one example. With Open Automation, the PCBs can now be laser-marked in one central location for the entire factory. All required information gets transmitted via higher-level systems, and AIVs transport the marked boards to the respective lines.The benefits: Cost and space savings, lines become shorter, and the solution can even be placed in an area away from the production lines.
No matter how advanced your automation may be, humans will always play a role. WORKS provides a revolutionary alternative to classic operator models with their rigid assignments of lines and operating staff.WORKS is aware of all pending assists. The software automatically sends orders to the smart devices of those operators who have the necessary expertise. Teams are thus turned into smaller and much more efficient pools of smart operators.The result: Significantly better capacity utilization and fewer line stops.
Since Open Automation accommodates automated board handling equipment, magazines can be loaded and transported via software-controlled AIVs. Higher-level systems transmit the digital product type IDs, settings get adjusted automatically, and all process-relevant data is passed from the machine to machine along the entire production line.At the end of the line, the finished products are again loaded into magazines, automatically picked up by AIVs, and transported to their next destination.
With the DEK TQ, ASMPT offers the industry’s most powerful solder paste printer. Its smart features also make it the industry’s printer of choice for SMT line automation:
The optional Process Expert inline expert system can handle the DEK TQs printing process control and optimization entirely on its own.
Process Lens is not only the industry’s fastest high-end SPI system, beating conventional systems by up to 70 percent. It is also a prime example of ASMPT modular, step-by-step approach to automation. In four phases, it becomes the world’s first self-learning expert SPI system called Process Expert:
With their broad performance spectrum and wide range of capabilities, high-end placement solutions like the ultra-flexible SIPLACE SX or the high-precision SIPLACE TX fit seamlessly into Open Automation, thanks to their horizontal and vertical communication with machines, people and software systems and the fully automated replacement of entire changeover tables with special AIVs in only a few seconds.With the automatic clinching tool for the SIPLACE SX, the processing of THT components can be integrated into the line without the need to add expensive and otherwise unproductive machines.
The designers of the Open Automation concept even considered something as basic as getting rid of tape waste. ASMPT’s automated waste disposal system can be easily installed underneath the placement machines to collect tape waste in special containers which are automatically removed and replaced by AIVs.
Whether installed as a standalone system or as a central storage solution with multiple interlinked units, the new generation of the Material Tower is the ideal partner for automated and AIV-supported material flow processes:
Are you looking for a practical and efficient automation approach that is suitable for your specific situation? We have just the thing for you: an English-language white paper on the subject of Open Automation that reflect more than 20 years of ASMPT experience as a technology leader for the integrated smart factory:
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Our open automation experts demonstrate in an impressive presentation how the smart automation concept can move your production forward.
The Open Automation concept is modular, flexible, and non-proprietary: This makes it easier than ever for electronics manufacturers to define and implement their individual path to the integrated smart factory. With best-in-class equipment, smart software solutions, strong solution partners and the competent support of our experts, we accompany you step by step to the ideal level of automation for your production.
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A sensible and targeted automation requires an overall view across the entire line. Open Automation by ASMPT therefore examines every single step of production: the manual effort required for a process, error susceptibility and frequency, extent of consequences and, above all, whether automation makes economic sense at the point under consideration. Thus, automation does not become an end in itself but a business decision with a clearly measurable return of investment.
Automation and process optimization require the integration of all involved systems and machines. To accomplish this, all parties must be able to communicate with each other seamlessly – both horizontally and vertically. That’s why ASMPT equipment features powerful open interfaces such as IPC Hermes 9852 and IPC-CFX that make it possible to fully integrate ASM and third-party solutions.
Effective and efficient automation can only be realized in combination with smart software solutions. This is where the benefits of a partnership with ASMPT as the SMT industry’s technology leader come into play because ASMPT is the only supplier that combines the worlds of hardware and software. Your benefit: A comprehensive portfolio of optimally coordinated solutions for your integrated smart factory.
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