Factory Automation

High-tech manufacturers are placing high importance on resiliency and responsiveness to guard against potential disruption and reduce dependency on human labor. Many are pursuing high automation as a competitive advantage, with the ultimate goal of achieving ‘lights out’ integrated smart factories.

Factory Automation module of Critical Manufacturing MES is a factory level workflow engine to coordinate different systems and applications to achieve high automation.

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Automatically Monitor and Respond to Factory Events

Take your automation capabilities beyond the line or equipment level to the Factory Level. Critical Manufacturing Factory Automation supports high automation by monitoring all your factory events and orchestrating the right response from different systems and applications.

Trigger the right response

Progressively increase automation

Recover from Errors

Factory Automation allows specific workflows to be triggered to correctly handle events such as calculating and coordinating the next equipment step or destination of in-process or completed lots and guiding the appropriate automated transport system, such as an Autonomous Intelligent Vehicle (AIV).

Register all your factory events
Design your own graphical workflows
Trigger jobs based on events
Create, execute and monitor jobs

The Factory Automation module accommodates fully automated, mixed and manual scenarios and helps factories to increase knowledge, adapt and increase their levels of automation over time, as processes mature.

Create a library of reusable workflows
Trigger one or multiple workflows based on a factory event
Support execution of manual tasks

Factory Automation supports the definition of workflows and links them to events, also supporting hierarchical job structures including long and short running jobs. A key advantage is the ability to perform error handling to recover from a variety of possible problems in the factory.

Support job hierarchies
Support short and long running jobs
Automate repetitive and error prone activities
Troubleshoot Events and jobs

GAIN THE BENEFITS OF FACTORY AUTOMATION

Increase Operational efficiency

Improve equipment utilization

Increase production rates and productivity

Increase production flexibility

Reduce labor costs

Improve product quality

Improve workplace safety

Shorten cycle times