Digitization and the Internet of Things (IoT) are currently revolutionizing processes in production halls and laboratories worldwide. In accordance with the lab 4.0 model, FBH is transferring its production processes into a standardized software system (Manufacturing Execution System - MES). Process data are thus acquired centrally and interlinked with their metadata. As a result, processes can be controlled digitally and their data assigned, filtered and evaluated as required.
For our customers this means pilot series and customized products with unprecedented efficiency and quality, digitally documented from the very beginning to completion.
FBH has been introducing these technologies gradually since the beginning of 2020, thus further expanding its capabilities in research and manufacturing of electronic and optical components up to the production of pilot series. Digitally recorded processes enable a statistical evaluation of process, measurement and plant data, e.g. to determine process tolerances, and improve the conditions for transferring research results into industrially applicable manufacturing technologies.
For this purpose FBH implements a comprehensive digitization concept with three main focuses:
- Installation of a modern production control system (MES) with interfaces for data export, e.g. for statistical evaluation procedures and documentation of production processes.
- Creation of human-machine interfaces such as terminals, new input devices such as barcode scanners and prospectively augmented reality solutions.
- Access to plant data by creating machine interfaces based on standardized software protocols as well as by integrating older machinery via ad-hoc IOT devices – iSensU was designed at FBH especially to collect data from older equipment without digital interface.
At the same time, FBH is bundling its activities within Research Fab Microelectronics Germany (FMD) with those of 12 further research institutes. The FMD is the largest cross-site R&D cooperation for micro- and nanoelectronics in Europe.