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78 I-CONNECT007 I REAL TIME WITH... IPC APEX EXPO 2019 SHOW & TELL MAGAZINE What Does CFX Mean to You? by Nolan Johnson I-CONNECT007 The Connected Factory Exchange (CFX) ini- tiative was a highlight at IPC APEX EXPO 2019 with two full demo lines. While wandering the show floor, I asked six different companies with CFX supporter signs two questions: "What does supporting CFX mean to your company's product lines specifically?" and, "Do you see this as a competitive advantage?" Read their responses here. Editor's note: Responses have been edited slightly for clarity. Griffin Lemaster COO, Creative Electron The most important part of the whole con- cept of CFX and Hermes, in general, is commu- nication between machines. CFX is establish- ing that vertical communication up to a cloud where each machine can display the defects that are passing, and you can see what other machines are getting defects and passing. It actually works in a two-way street where we can take data from the AOI, for example. We have an AXI system, so we can take data from the AOI that says, "There might be an issue on U21, pin two." Then, we can target that with

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