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58 SMT007 MAGAZINE I OCTOBER 2018 together. And so, even if there are different brands, a generalized approach will be very helpful for users. If they adopt CFX or Hermes, they can easily see their different machine and inspection and production results, thus help- ing to improve their productivity and perfor- mance of their product line. These are what the users are looking for. In recent exhibitions, TRI has demonstrated support by taking part in the CFX demo. Las Marias: Larry, what are the current chal- lenges when it comes to adopting CFX? Chen: Customers have different interfaces between machines from different vendors; we believe the connectivity of these machines could be a challenge. The CFX standard has been devel- oping for only a few years— while we expect it to grow, it will be challenging at first to integrate with all of the machines. However, TRI is making it more user-friendly to help users improve their connectivity. Las Marias: How is TRI help- ing its customers in their Industry 4.0 journey? Chen: TRI has developed a system that helps trace productivity and also inspection results to help customers improve their machine connectivity and production quality. Actually, TRI is the only vendor that provides the complete inspection solutions for the EMS production line, includ- ing SPI, AOI, X-ray, in-circuit testers, manufac- turing defects analyzers and functional testers. For the benefit of the customers, TRI's inspection systems provide inspection results from the beginning to the end of the produc- tion line. Our software can also help track the history of the products and provide reports for the user. To achieve Industry 4.0 connectivity, the focus is on factory automation, so it's very helpful for managers to utilize TRI solutions to track their production and also to improve their production processes. This will help them streamline their workforce and make their production smarter. Apart from CFX, we are also working with companies such as Fuji, Panasonic, DEK, and ASM, to develop standards focused on Indus- try 4.0. We believe that these kinds of activities are toward a mutual benefit in trying to help customers succeed in Industry 4.0. Las Marias: What would you like to see in the CFX standard and why? Chen: Actually, we believe that it will take some time to persuade our customers to adopt this approach; also, we believe that having a more user- friendly interface, sufficient supporting resources and documents are necessary, because we have to work with our company internally, and also our customers, to implement the standards. We believe that the CFX standard is very promising; it was initiated by IPC, so it expected to become one of the most adopted stan- dards worldwide. We are very interested to be more involved in the standard development. We hope to work more with the IPC CFX committee and to grow together with our partners. Las Marias: Is the integration of the CFX stan- dard into your machines difficult? Chen: Actually, we have just started integra- tion, and the standard is just at its initial stage, so we are still working on it, and we hope as it gets more mature, and we get more knowledge on this area, we are looking forward to more customers joining with us. Right now, we are on the verification stage on the integration of CFX in our machines. Larry Chen

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