MES & Scheduling: 1+1=3

Better solution for better results

The Critical Manufacturing MES collects process data that is now instantaneously available to an embedded Scheduling module. This functionality of detecting events and issues as they arise both on and off the shop-floor enables the system to create an optimum or near optimum schedule, and keep that schedule up-to-date as the situation changes.

For Industry 4.0 applications, integrated scheduling in MES must be able to handle IIoT data from CPS and CPPS, to manage the on-the-fly changes that might occur. Ensuring scheduling is truly dynamic and fully integrated into the manufacturing operations flow will be essential to success with Industry 4.0. » Read more about Industry 4.0, IIoT, CPS and CPPS

Critical Manufacturing MES with integrated Scheduling provides you with:

Ability to quickly submit acceptable and satisfactory scheduling scenarios;

Ability to cope efficiently with problems characterized by a large number of restrictions and with a high number of operations, to provide good solutions in time to be effective;

Advanced mechanisms to quantitatively evaluate the quality of the solutions;

Multi-criteria schedule optimization;

Capacity to improve overall indicators (such as minimizing preparation time or maximizing energy efficiency) and simultaneously deal with local optimizations, (i.e. in each work center).
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The integration of Manufacturing Execution System (MES) and Advanced Planning and Scheduling (APS) functionalities, together with an experience of planners, make the scheduling activity more fruitful. Either one of them - when employed separately - is still useful, but they provide true value when put in action together, as the integration enables the team to:

Avoid Master Data duplication;

Always consider the real-time status of the shop floor in the schedule;

Include all planned shop-floor activities managed by other MES modules;

Use scheduling or dispatching in different areas of the shop floor;

Eliminate the need to maintain an interface between the MES and scheduling.

Integrated Scheduling - How it works

With Scheduling natively integrated into the Critical Manufacturing MES your facility can improve on-time performance, make realistic order promises, optimize for mix and volatility and gain agility to respond to the market.

1. Define the factory model
2. Load the orders/materials and equipment

1. Define the optimization criteria
2. Generate schedule

1. View generated schedule
2. Make manual adjustments
3. Optionally, regenerate schedule
4. Release schedule

1. Each resource will be configured to use dispatch lists or scheduling information

Scheduling Algorithm

Optimization multi-criteria

Case study:

An integrated approach to traceability for a fresh start. AT&S MES project for new substrate facility.

by Julie Fraser, Iyno Advisors

AT&S, a leader in the high-end printed circuit board (PCB) market, was building a new plant in China to manufacture integrated circuit (IC) substrates.

This case study showcases Critical Manufacturing selection factors by AT&S and the main aspects considered in the project:

business challenges,

structured approach,

project team & plan

selection process.