QUENTIN : Single Lane (SL) - AUSTIN : Dual Lane (DL)
With the release of the IPC-HERMES-9852 Standard and its intent to replace the existing SMEMA standard, SMT manufacturers require an upgrade path for their existing equipment.
Where available, an software upgrade is the obvious upgrade path for manufacturing equipment, however this may not be available for 'dumb' equipment such as conveyors.
Quentin, our SMEMA Hermes Adaptor mimics the SMEMA Upline and Downline states, by retrieving the Hermes board data from the equipment previous in the line, and retrieves the Hermes Ready, Not Ready, state from the equipment next in-line, this is then converted into SMEMA signals for the legacy equipment to interpret.
The Adaptor is a hardware device that has both Upline and Downline SMEMA JR12 Connections, an Ethernet port for Hermes connections, and runs on a powerful single board computer. One Adaptor is required for each piece of equipment that lacks Hermes compatibility.
An RS232 serial port is available for automatic conveyor width adjustments or other legacy equipment communication.
Configuration is conducted by a MultiPlug Extension which also handles all the Hermes software connections.
An upgrade path to use the Hermes Standard on legacy SMEMA SMT manufacturing equipment
A product website can be viewed at: www.the-hermes-standard-smema-adaptor.info
Questions from customers:
All equipment that can't be upgraded to the new Hermes standard needs its own adaptor. One adaptor per equipment.
As the Hermes standard is still immature we only have pilot partners using the adaptor as we conduct market discovery and refine the hardware. Due to the number of enquiries we have received we are confident that there will be a need for the adaptor while PCB assembly lines are migrated to the Hermes standard.
The adaptors are typically being used for conveyors and out-of-support manufacturing equipment. The adaptors are extending the life of this old equipment and bridging the gap while new equipment is sourced.
Yes. We are able to produce labels to your specification.
The short answer is you can use the CFX MultiPlug Extension to push PCB data into the CFX but you still have to use Hermes MultiPlug Extension to conduct the data connection and handshakes using Sockets and XML.
The longer answer is the Hermes standard is tightly coupled to TCP Sockets and XML, where CFX uses AMQP and Json. In the Industry 4.0 era we shouldn't be coupling ourselves to transport technologies, rather only be concerned with the data of the messages. So to answer the question it's a No, however we do predict that the standards will merge over time and this will require a software update of the adaptor but the hardware will stay the same.