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58 SMT007 MAGAZINE I MARCH 2020 Conclusion Each protocol was developed for specific pur- poses; no one protocol can perform all the pos- sible data interchange functions that might be encountered on the manufacturing floor. When developing a strategy for your digital factory conversion, care should be taken to assess the capabilities and limitations of all protocols to ensure that your implementation is appropriate for your facility's specific needs. SMT007 References 1. valor-manufacturing/oml. 2. SEMI Standard E30, GEM-Generic Equipment Model, 3. "Semiconductor Productivity at HP," HP Journal, July 1985. 4. Message Automation & Protocol Simulation (MAPS™), GL Communications, Inc. Happy Holden has worked in printed circuit technology since 1970 with Hewlett- Packard, NanYa/Westwood, Merix, Foxconn and Gentex. He is currently a contributing technical editor with I-Connect007. To read past columns or to contact Holden, click here. Dan Beaulieu speaks with Michael Ford, senior director of emerging industry strategy at Aegis Software, about machines talking to machines using IPC-CFX, as well as strategies to turn any factory with old or new equipment into a smart factory. Click the image to view video. Michael Ford on M2M Communication and Smart Factories

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