The Hermes Standard IPC-HERMES-9852

Why is it a Hot Spot?

The Hermes Standard is “The next big thing” in integration of mixed vendor equipment in SMT assembly lines: Where “the old world” was based on “signals” and dedicated wiring, The Hermes Standard is based on TCP/IP and XML, enabling smooth connections of equipment along the line

The Hermes Standard revolutionizes the way SMT equipment manages board handover in mixed vendor lines.

The Hermes Standard, published as well under IPC-HERMES-9852, is a non-proprietary open protocol, based on TCP/IP- and XML. It enables equipment takes exchange of PCB related data between the different machines in electronics assembly lines to the next level.

Being an IPC Standard, global acceptance is guaranteed. With a broad range of equipment vendors supporting it, global availability and support are a given fact.

How will IPC-HERMES-9852 help you to stay competitive?

The Hermes Standard empowers your SMT assembly lines no matter what you produce and how big your factory is.

Core advantages of The Hermes Standard over “old world solutions”
IPC-HERMES-9852, the next generation standard for M2M communication for board flow management, provides a series of immediate advantages and some long term benefits compared to IPC-SMEMA-9851.

With The Hermes Standard, you will enjoy:

  • Cost Savings I: Immediate savings in wiring (no more dedicated SMEMA cables and plugs, just standard LAN connections)
  • Cost Savings II: reduction of ID reading devices down to just one device at the begin of the line
  • Faster and cheaper service: different from SMEMA, standard cables and connectors guarantee to always the right connector and cable length available.
  • More process flexibility I (running the line): Product change overs even with different board widths can be performed automatically with automatic conveyor adjustment (if supported by hardware)
  • More process flexibility II (rearranging the line): Rearranging a line may be now just “plug and produce”, with easier rewiring, automatic partnering of devices, and standardized upward communication.
  • Shorter assembly lines: Reduction of ident-station may lead to shortened total length of a line or more space for other equipment.
  • Easy architecture: Standard communication to upper level systems frees you from many worries regarding process control architecture.

Overall, The Hermes Standard is “future-proof”: Based on XML and TCP/IP, IPC-HERMES-9852 will be continuously developed forth, while all existing installation will remain compatible.

Who supports IPC-HERMES-9852?

For direct view on “who supplies what”, please see the interactive overview of equipment and modules supplied by members of The Hermes Standard Initiative below.

Missing your vendor?

Just in case your desired equipment vendor does not yet support The Hermes Standard, please encourage him to join here.

Learn more

For more details about The Hermes Standard IPC-HERMES-9852, about The Hermes Standard Initiative, and about how it can spur success in SMT assembly, please check out.


Get in touch

For general issues related to The Hermes Standard, please contact The Hermes Standard Initiative directly.