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Dan Copocean keynote speaker - InnovationsForum Hungary - Inaugural event hailed overwhelming success!
Jun 23, 2016

InnovationsForum Hungary, which took place last week, has been highly commended by its attendees for its informative content and advantageous networking skills. The one day event, hosted by leading publications EPP and EMSNow, brought together leading industry professionals to present the very latest trends and topics in automation, within the breathtaking city of Budapest.  
InnovationsForum - Dan Copocean
The location for the conference was the historic and imposing Academy of Sciences, adjoining the Danube. The stunning architecture of the building, which has hosted the greatest minds of the country since 1825, not only served to offer delegates beautiful surroundings, but provided a fitting atmosphere to soak up the innovative and enlightening presentations that came from across the spectrum of the industry.

 After a welcoming coffee and light breakfast, Dan Copocean from Kimball Electronics kicked off the morning with his keynote speech which set the scene for maintaining increasing competitiveness in the Eastern European region. Dan spoke about his experience in establishing an EMS facility within a competitive environment in Romania, and went on to give advice on automation strategies and provide examples of how such measures can be implemented successfully.

Dan’s informative talk was followed by a presentation from industry leader Dr.-Ing Friedrich Nolting from Aegis Software, who spoke about controlled process flow for small lot sizes and how the NPI team can meet the challenges of such. After much deliberation of the different data management processes that can be implemented, he concluded that only a holistic approach to data and document management including version control and change management will achieve all the benefits of a truly flexible manufacturing environment.

Next to take the stage was András Kozma from ASM Assembly Systems, who regaled the audience with his vision of the Smart SMT factory.  András believes that by making single improvements across the whole chain, a comprehensive improvement will occur for the whole factory - the factory of the future.  These improvements are vital for Industry 4.0 factories to become more efficient with less downtimes.
After a coffee break, Claus Schulz from Christian Koenen presented ‘Economy despite small volumes for high componentry mix’, discussing the importance of choosing aperture ranges that ensure a constantly high print quality from the first to the last substrate. The right stencil options help achieve this goal.
Just before a delicious lunch was served, Tom Berx from Kurtz Ersa talked about ‘High-mix, low volume’ and the need for flexible production systems that can handle frequent changes whilst still producing high quality small batch sizes. Only with long term innovation and technological advantages will this be realised, and lead to a company’s success.
During the afternoon sessions, presentations were heard from Jonas Ernst from Fuji, who spoke about the importance of the right set up; saving time and money, Karthik Vijay from Indium Corporation on dendritic growth and corrosion under low stand-off components, and finally Francois Amblard from Vi TECHNOLOGY who discussed leveraging inspection data in the Industry 4.0 era.
The event aimed to provide attendees with a higher understanding of automation within the electronics industry, as well as inspiring them to implement their own improvements once back home.
To conclude, the InnovationsForum Hungary was extremely well received, with 75% of delegates stating that their knowledge level increased as a result of attending InnovationsForum, and 96% keen to attend a further InnovationsForum. We look forward to the next event in Mexico in September, and hope that even more delegates can join us for a rewarding and informative experience.
Kirsty Ambler

About the event
The InnovationsForum Hungary is one of three focused industry events organized by EPP & EMSNow, with the next one taking place on 21st September in Guadalajara Mexico, followed by the 5th InnovationsForum Boeblingen, Germany on 9th March, 2017.

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