Upsurge in Intelligent Manufacturing Systems Seen at Altus


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As innovative technology for manufacturers within the electronics industry is presented through initiatives like Rehm’s Technology Day, Altus Group, a leading distributor of capital equipment in the UK and Ireland, is seeing growing interest in next generation equipment and AI solutions.

Rehm Thermal Systems recently held a Technology Day which covered presentations and workshops discussing core competencies of Rehm. One highlight during the event was a live demonstration of the Virtual Communication Interface (ViCI) a portal for predictive maintenance support which works alongside Rehm’s ViCON system software.

The requirement to provide corresponding data for digitalised processes within the field of reflow soldering systems, is important in production today. With the introduction of the new ViCON system software, Rehm has created optimal conditions for advanced networking between the systems. The ViCON Connect software tool, which controls and monitors all Rehm systems within a company network, and the ViCON app to all relevant system information is helping in the move to the SMART factory process.

The ViCI virtual communication interface provides data glasses, guided maintenance scenarios on tablet or smartphone as well as a comprehensive and expandable knowledge database. A portal can be used to retrieve asset-related content and to upload own content.

The portal solution also enables the individual extension and integration of other systems as well as a corresponding client administration with individual access rights.

“Technology within the electronics industry is fast paced and so it is important to be informed of the latest solutions within electronics’ manufacture. Technology days are the perfect platform in which to introduce the latest capital equipment and software. Rehm offered customers great insight into the latest solutions including ViCI via a live-connection to a user on site. This could be seen through the data glasses of the ViCI, a great way of demonstrating how the portal works.

“Since presenting ViCI for the first time at the SMT Hybrid & Packaging show in Germany earlier this year, we have received much interest from our customers looking to update systems to meet the Industry 4.0 ideal. Products like Rehm Thermal Systems’ ViCI is pioneering and will improve production processes considerably,”said Andrew Wolfe, sales support manager at Altus.

About Altus Group Ltd

Altus Group was formed in 2001 to support the UK and Irish market for Surface Mount Technology, capital equipment for every process, peripheral equipment, spares and consumables and most importantly excellent service support.

The Altus Group product line has evolved over the years with carefully selected suppliers who offer ‘best in class’ products at cost effective prices, from world leading brands.

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