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    ASM presents itself as a transformation partner Solutions for the integrated smart factory

    Technology leader ASM showcases its 2020 innovations and broad portfolio of hardware and software solutions at this year’s Nepcon Asia trade fair in Shenzhen, China (August 26th to August 28th). Among the highlights at booth 1J80 will be the new volume printer DEK TQ, the world’s first self-learning inline expert system for autonomous process optimization ASM ProcessExpert as well as the modular software package ASM Works, the software infrastructure for the integrated smart SMT factory. In live shows, ASM will showcase advanced packaging solutions as well as the advantages of automated, AIV-supported material logistics. The demonstrations on SMT lines are supplemented with modern presentation techniques such as AR.

    “With the global ASM Impact Release Summer 2020 we recently had a great global presentation in an internet livestream, but now we are more than glad to be able to present our innovations live on stage and meet our customers”, says Herbert Hofmann, Vice President and Managing Director of ASM`s Greater China SMT Solutions Segment and goes on: “At Nepcon our customers will be able to see, experience and “feel” innovations like our new Integrated Smart Factory software suite ASM Works or our newest SIPLACE SpeedStar placement head providing a breath-taking 23% speed increase of our placement solutions SIPLACE SX, SIPLACE TX  and SIPLACE TX micron. One of my personal favorites is the automated material logistics with automatic changeover tables based on AIVs. Direct conversations and discussions with our specialists in combination with hands-on and AR presentations will impressively demonstrate customers and prospective buyers the advantages and benefits of choosing ASM as the preferred partner when establishing the integrated smart factory and highly efficient SMT lines.”

    DEK TQ sets new benchmarks in printing

    In a high-speed advanced packaging line with ultra-compact SIPLACE TX and SIPLACE TX micron high-performance modules, ASM presents the new DEK TQ high volume printer in a back-to-back configuration to support highly efficient dual lane SMT lines. With its precise linear drives, off-belt printing, innovative clamping systems and an innovative printhead, the DEK TQ achieves an accuracy rating of ±17.5 µm @ 2 Cpk while running for up to eight hours with no operator assist. With new options and software enhancements ASM further improves the operability and capabilities of DEK TQ: The High Flow Vacuum function, for example, provides an affordable and highly efficient board support for the high-volume production of small and highly complex PCBs. Furthermore, the solution ‘Multiple Alignment Singulated Substrates’ (MASS) for aligning and printing multiple singulated substrates in one single pass will be displayed.

    Autonomous optimization of printing processes

    The next generation 5D SPI system ASM ProcessLens offers best-in-class 3D and 2D inspection and measurement of applied solder paste. The Moirè patterns are created by a projector chip with 8 million software-controlled micro-mirrors which allows for inspection of paste heights up to 1000 µm. The X/Y camera positioning system provides an accuracy of 12.5 µm. In combination with the expert system software ASM ProcessEngine, customers will benefit from the world’s first self-learning inline expert system for autonomous process optimization – ASM ProcessExpert. The system learns with every single print: it recognizes trends, corrects printing process parameters and changes printing parameters directly and autonomously, if requested. Herbert Hofmann states: „I am really proud and pleased that we are the ones who go ahead with unrivalled solutions for the smart factory. Our customers really appreciate it.“

    Software infrastructure for the integrated smart factory

    With its modular ASM Works software infrastructure, ASM is providing a new solution that integrates all ASM line software components into a single software suite. The basic version ASM Works Core Package supplies the fundamental software infrastructure for smart SMT production: machines exchange data smoothly and immediately, order processing and setups can be planned throughout the entire production process. Placement programs can also be created and status, order progress and current material consumption of the lines are displayed via monitoring functions. Additionally, various remote maintenance functions can be implemented. Eight further upgrade modules for the step-by-step integration of optimized workflows complete the ASM Works suite. All software components are started and administered from a common launch pad. Herbert Hofmann confirms: „As technology leader we consistently live our vision “enabling the digital world”. With ASM Works we have the perfect answer to our customers’ requests for a sound software basis for the smart factory. On factory level, since 2018, we alsoF offer the Critical Manufacturing MES solution, the only MES solution that is tailor-made for the requirements of smart factories in the electronics manufacturing industry. Thus, ASM together with Critical Manufacturing could accelerate the development of the portfolio of Industry 4.0 solutions tremendously. As a next step ASMPT has invested into the Chinese MES specialist SKT, which will also be presenting at our booth. This will bring us another step forward in our efforts to deliver the best solutions for the smart factory.


    The SMT Solutions segment within the ASM Pacific Technology Group

    The mission of the SMT Solutions segment within the AMS Pacific Technology Group (ASMPT) is to implement and support the smart SMT factory at electronics manufacturers worldwide.


    ASM solutions such as SIPLACE placement systems and DEK printing systems support the networking, automation and optimization of central workflows with hardware, software and services that enable electronics manufacturers to transition to the smart SMT factory in stages and enjoy dramatic improvements in productivity, flexibility and quality.

    Since maintaining close relationships with customers and partners is a central component of ASM’s strategy, the company has established the SMT Smart Network as a global forum for the active exchange of information between and with smart champions. In addition to being a founding member of the ADAMOS joint venture for the development of an IIoT platform for manufacturing companies, ASM is establishing together with other SMT manufacturers the open HERMES standard as a successor to the SMEMA standard for M2M communication in SMT lines. For more information about ASM, visit

    ASM Pacific Technology Limited

    Headquartered in Singapore, ASMPT (HKEX stock code: 0522) is a global technology and market leader in leading-edge solutions and materials for the semiconductor assembly and packaging industries. Its surface mount technology solutions are deployed in a wide range of end-user markets including electronics, mobile communications, automotive, industrial, and LED. The company’s continuous investments in research and development help to provide its customers with innovative and cost-efficient solutions and systems that enable them to achieve higher productivity, greater reliability and enhanced quality.

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