Industry 4.0 (Smart Factory 1.0) is the use of automation and data exchange in manufacturing technologies. It includes cyber-physical systems, the Internet of Things and cloud computing . Industry 4.0 creates what has been called a “smart factory”. Within the modular structured smart factories, cyber-physical systems monitor physical processes, create a virtual copy of the physical world and make decentralized decisions. Over the Internet of Things, cyber-physical systems communicate and cooperate with each other and with humans in real time, and via the Internet of Services, both internal and cross-organizational services are offered and used by participants of the value chain.
The Pillarhouse Smart Factory 1.0 implementation allows a customer to monitor the performance of all their Pillarhouse Selective Soldering Systems . This can be across a single production line, a production facility or even across a worldwide network of facilities.
The Pillarhouse implementation is based on the outline for IPC standard 2-17 (Data Connected Factory) . It uses a series of data and event messages to record operations within the Selective Soldering System. These range from ‘system initialized’ through ‘system in maintenance mode’ to an ‘item completed’ report. These messages are packaged using the JSON standard and are then transmitted to a Message Broker using MSMQ , MQTT or REST message protocols.