Ionics EMS, a precision manufacturer of printed circuit boards for internet of things devices, said it has chosen Panasonic’s smart factory solution to boost productivity. Panasonic says it has implemented an integrated line management system to connect a diverse range of machinery and enable real-time control over an entire factory floor. The company said it created the smart factory with three goals in mind: workflow automation, quality enhancement, and productivity gains. The company said one key advantage of the Panasonic solution is the ability to connect machines made by different manufacturers, and analyze them all from a common control room.