Critical Manufacturing MES ensures a modular, yet fully integrated management of shop-floor resources. Navigation within the facility is performed using the fabExplorer which ensures easy access to each material, resource or step.
WIP TRACKING, MATERIALS & CONTAINERS
Material Tracking provides a hierarchical material model and it includes all the necessary logic to track and trace the materials – including consumables, work-in-progress (WIP) and finished goods - while recording its complete history and genealogy. It integrates with different other modules such as Resource Tracking, Container Management, Data Collection, SPC, Exception Management, Recipe Management and Advanced Layout and Printing. Container Management provides tracking of positional containers integrated with Material.
EQUIPMENT & RESOURCES MANAGEMENT
Resource Tracking provides resource management operations for Process, Storage, Consumable Feeds, Load Ports and Durable resource types. It supports hierarchical resource structures and it integrates with Material Tracking, Maintenance Management, Data Collection and SPC.
Durables Management ensures that the right tools (such as Reticles, Stencils) are tracked in the system and used for the right context (product, process, step). Furthermore, the system records their utilization for each process and it’s possible to define maintenance cycles for the Durables so that they may be refurbished or cleaned based on time or based on a certain number of cycles.
Consumables Management provides accurate tracking of all consumables to limit waste and reduce cost. It allows maintaining optimum consumables level in production. It integrates with Recipe Management, Maintenance Management, Exceptions and Data Collection modules.
ROUTING & DISPATCHING
Routing consists of hierarchical flows and can contain other flows to promote re-usability. Flows can contain alternate flows or steps, optional steps and can be non-sequential that means that its operations can be performed in any order. Dispatching supports both pull (what’s next for equipment?) and push (what’s next for material?). At each Step and Resource it’s possible to configure a set of sorting rules which are used to create a sorted dispatch list. The dispatch list is presented automatically to the user.
Data Collection allows quantitative and qualitative data to be collected either at a certain processing context (e.g.: at Track-In or Track-Out) or at any time using an ad-hoc data collection. Data can be collected manually or automatically, in one snapshot or over a long period of time. Flexible limits can be applied for each data collection based on the context. It integrates with Exception Management, SPC and Maintenance Management.
BILL OF MATERIALS
Provides access the most accurate, authorized BOM, ensuring that the right material, configuration, processes and documents and are used in manufacturing.
ELECTRONIC WORK INSTRUCTIONS
Operators can access and view all types of documents from interactive work instructions, diagrams, pictures and media at assembly workstations or mobile device. Ensure that all steps are performed in sequence and the required data is recorded. Reduce shop floor errors and rework.
TRACEABILITY AND GENEALOGY
Provides access to complete product genealogy with forward/backward traceability for all products, components, materials and sub materials across hierarchical flows. Data can be collected at any level: batch, lot, sub-lot, unit ID or serial number level.
EXPERIMENTS & SPECIAL WORK REQUESTS
Accelerate NPI, test process changes and configure experimental processes for special work requests. Modify process steps and instructions, enforce specific splits and merges, pre-define workflow steps, execute different sequences, change processing parameters and data collection for detailed engineering analysis.
Checklists are re-usable objects that are used in an integrated fashion in Material Tracking, Maintenance Management and Exception Management. Checklists can contain Checklist Items of four types: Manual Tasks, Manual Actions, Automatic Actions and Signatures. Checklist Items can be sequential or floating and can also be marked as optional. Checklist Items contain detailed instructions and can also contain parameters.
ADVANCED LAYOUT & PRINTING
Advanced Layout and Printing provides the ability to design and print labels and lot travelers. The label can be authored with an integrated visual design and it can contain dynamic elements (lot name, product id, etc.) which are resolved during runtime. Lot travelers can be defined for each step and they will be automatically assembled for a particular material in order to generate a lot traveler for the material flow. Customers can also define other types of dynamic documents, such as invoices and waybills.
MASTER DATA MANAGEMENT
Master data management handles the creation and management of the factory complete model. Critical changes are controlled through versioning and change control. Change control works through Change Sets which can bundle a set of changes of different objects to be approved together. It’s possible both to check the version history as well as to revert to a particular object version. Approval cycles can follow user-defined workflows. The system also provides a Master Data Loader utility to load configuration and runtime data from an Excel file.