As an open, non-proprietary protocol based on TCP/IP and XML it provides for fast adoption by equipment vendors and users alike. Its overarching objective is to enable Smart PCB flow management for Smart Factories and Industry 4.0 proficiency. The standard provides the necessary components to become the backbone of PCB flow data management, with a free and open exchange of PCB-related data between different machines in electronics assembly lines. This is a radical change from the SMEMA standard, which has been limiting in terms of parts accessibility, data availability, throughput and traceability. The Hermes Standard requires a single ID scan of the PCB at the beginning of the line and its data set is seamlessly transferred between machines as it moves through production. Version 1.0, released in April 2017, provides an impressive set of board flow management functions.
Productronica 2017: hall A3, booth 377