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REAL TIME WITH... IPC APEX EXPO 2022 SHOW & TELL MAGAZINE I I-CONNECT007 17 ough we wrapped up IPC APEX EXPO just a few weeks ago, our team is already pre- paring for next year's show which will take place January 21-26, 2023. I'm already looking forward to seeing everyone in San Diego. For more information on next year's event, visit S&T John Mitchell is president and CEO of IPC. attendees and IPC staff. is event is a gather- ing place for the present and future of electron- ics, enabling us to connect in remarkable ways. I learn so much from committee members, exhibitors, speakers, and every attendee I meet. I never tire of hearing about all the new equip- ment, new ideas, and new ways of looking at this ever-changing industry. We at IPC are pro- foundly grateful to an industry that has encour- aged and supported us in producing IPC APEX EXPO. We never lose sight of the fact that we could not host this event without the dedicated volunteers who share their time, their expertise, and their enthusiasm with all of us. IPC APEX EXPO: Conference Speakers Speak Out Leveraging CFX-QPL to Integrate Equipment and Create a Smart Factory Presenter: Ivan Aduna, Global MES Leader, Koh Young As an electronics manu- facturer, how can one eas- ily create a smart factory that includes both new and legacy SMT equipment? The IPC-2591 Connected Factory Exchange (CFX) is an industry-developed open standard for assem- bly manufacturing that uses a secure, omni-direc- tional, AMQP protocol and JSON data encoding to enable plug-and-play solutions to simplify and stan- dardize both machine-to-business and machine-to- machine communication. Koh Young implements IPC-CFX natively on its inspection systems through its KSMART Business Rules Management and the open-source IPC-CFX Software Development Kit. Koh Young was the first inspection equipment sup- plier to officially certify using the IPC-CFX Valida- tion and Certification Program and obtain a qualified product listing (QPL) for SPI and AOI, which guaran- tees CFX support. Nevertheless, this is only the first of a series of steps to create a true smart factory. There are multiple factors that create a smart factory, yet there will be key differentiators that will make a company thrive in the Industry 4.0 transformation. Security, reliability, and interoperability are concepts that will resonate strongly among companies look- ing to stay competitive in the digital transformation race. Inspection systems using AI-based learning will focus on generating and converting data into process knowledge and actionable insights, and IPC-CFX will facilitate a secure and reliable environment to share the data throughout a smart factory. There are many ways to create a smart factory via IPC-CFX, but the key is to understand how far you can go with the available data and create the necessary tools and applications that will help companies suc- ceed in the next industrial revolution and digital trans- formation. Using the protocol and its messages, plus the QPL certification is critical for inspection systems in the IPC CFX Validation and Certification Program. Hence, the best advice is to invest the time to review the information contained in these messages, and then ask yourself: How do I want the smart factory landscape to look in the next five to 10 years? Related Content I-007e Micro Webinar: " Converting Process Data Into Intelligence."

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