Cyber solutions and latest equipment to connect to the smart factory of tomorrow

The accomplishments of the past 100 years

Cyber solutions and latest equipment to connect to the smart factory of tomorrow

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This year marks the 100th anniversary for Panasonic Corporation. Founded in 1918, the company started out in a Japanese village and created its first attachment plug and a double cluster socket. Over the years, the company became internationally well known for its name, products, as well as established offices and facilities around the world. Their focus then was how to improve the quality of life for the individual, as well as the society as a whole, and that still hasn’t changed today. They continue to follow their slogan, “A better life, a better world”. Now a worldwide electronics manufacturer, they will proceed to increase product development, and revolutionize the industry.

As part of their anniversary celebration, the company held an event called Technology days. Customers, clients, and partners had the chance to take part in this full day event, which took place at their Technical Center in Hohenbrunn, Germany. The recently opened building was nicknamed “hotspot” and follows the slogan, “connect to the factory of tomorrow”. This location was made exactly for this event, as visitors had an enlightening firsthand look at the company’s solutions for the smart factory of the future.

On display in the Demo area included a production line with the company’s SPV screen printer, an SPI from Viscom, an AOI from Asys, and the NPM W2 placement machines. Part of the NPM series, the NPM VF and NPM DX were also displayed, as well as a stencil and nozzle cleaner. Other third party solutions were present, which included Essemtec’s material tower and Inovaxe’s smart material trolley. With live demonstrations of their latest equipment and software solutions, this event was divided into 3 main topics.

Smart Factory solutions through M2M

Machine communication has been an important theme in the electronic industry for quite some time. In order to be fully productive, to be able to use the time given and have as little downtime as possible, machines need to be able to share its data and communicate with each other in a line, no matter the manufacturer. With the Integrated Line Management System, iLNB, which is made in cooperation with Siemens, it is easier to have an overview of an entire line that includes 3rd party solutions. This system, partnered with Asys Pulse, monitors the line, as well as, collect and analyze data, all from one computer or tablet.

Machines must also be able to send each other feedback about defects and inconsistencies, or potential errors that may occur. The APC system software communicates with the printing machine, and can correct printing positions based on the data it accumulates. It gives automatic feedback and information, which is also based on AOI measurements, to make the necessary adjustments and corrections, in order to reach complete accuracy and high productivity. It is available with a variety of 3rd party SPI and AOI machines.

Heading towards “No operator” SMT operation

There are smart software options with the company’s NPM series machines, which gives the machine more control and direction. It also aids the operator with knowing what to do best in order to keep the production running and not waste material.

Reducing error recovery time is now made possible with the remote operation option. With the NPM-DX modular placement machine, a monitoring center can oversee an error, for instance a pick up position or component placement error, and quickly fix it remotely. This eliminates time to figure out the error and the actions that need to be taken thereafter, reducing manual labor as well.

With the automatic recovery option, the machine will automatically learn pick up trends and realize when there are stoppages. It will then teach itself certain details, such as accurate positioning, so stoppages occur less frequently. An operator can also change specific details, which the system will automatically change for the next job.

The NPMW-2 can detect when a material that is being used is not the same that is originally programmed. With the auto-load feeder option, it also has an autonomous splicer and detects when a reel is empty. Since it does not need joint tape, it reduces wasted material, as well as, takes less time to operate, which dramatically cuts down on long manual labor.

The feeder setup navigation system is another tool used for setting up a production line, to estimate the time that is needed for production, instructing how to prepare for preparation, and giving an overview of performance completion.

Entire shop floor optimization

Staying connected to production at all times is no longer a luxury, it is a necessity in today’s industry. The company’s software solutions manage all assets of the production floor, including analyzing and controlling inventory and scheduling, in order to be most productive at all times. The PanaCIM Material Control manages, tracks, and locates the quantity of all materials needed within an inventory, including ones that need to be restocked. As an added option, Material Control Allocation can also provide a specific item list for an upcoming project, as well as, assign specific materials only to be used for a certain project. The PanaCIM Maintenance software goes beyond a regular MMS software system, as it helps to verify, edit, and predict what is needed to keep maintenance smooth. This helps manage production and reduces the cost of maintenance. The Manufacturing Operation Optimizer MFO is a line management system that creates a plan to increase production and efficiency, while decreasing manual labor. This is applicable to a variety of the company’s machines. (cp)

SMT Hybrid Packaging, Booth 4–311

http://PFSE.panasonic.eu/

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