Critical Manufacturing’s modern MES helps Electronics manufacturers accelerate their digital initiatives to speed production and lower the cost of innovation while being flexible and agile enough to produce a high variation of production mix, complexity and volumes at the highest quality. Digitalization is a necessity for Electronics manufacturers to gain a holistic, enterprise-wide view of manufacturing operations to remain competitive.
Critical Manufacturing MES for Electronics Assembly addresses the unique challenges of OEM, EMS and PCB manufacturers, supporting the strategy to replace multiple disconnected point solutions with one, fully integrated factory system. Critical Manufacturing MES seamlessly operates across multiple functional areas and roles with easy connectivity to all equipment types and factory systems.
Connect IoT provides seamless connectivity and integration, regardless of the equipment type or machine interface. It performs automated data collection, controls equipment with commands to initiate and perform process steps and also automates and controls maintenance activities, with real data from any connected equipment, to prevent inconvenient stoppages and to keep raw materials at the perfect pace for your shop floor. Combine real-time equipment and process monitoring with accurate live OEE visualization of quality and performance across the supply chain.
Material Management is vital in the production cycle of a plant to make sure that the right materials are available in the right quantities at the right time. Critical Manufacturing MES minimizes waste by delivering kitted materials to the line based on real-time pull signals from machines. Prioritize the selection of time sensitive and MSD material at the warehouse, enforcing FIFO and/or FEFO rules; automate material tracking and consumption to create an efficient flow of materials, and avoid equipment downtimes due to material shortages, material starvation and excess material inventory.
Complete and accurate material and process traceability is no longer optional in electronics manufacturing, driven by the strict regulatory requirements of customers in highly complex discrete industries such as Automotive, Aerospace and MedTech. Critical Manufacturing MES supports all types of batch, lot, panel and board configurations providing full product genealogy to support manufacturers to quickly firewall, identify and repair any quality issues. Reduce WIP and enforce the execution of the material route and associated processing configurations with full material traceability and genealogy. Ensure complete end-to-end electronic traceability from incoming raw materials to finished goods, across automated and manual workstations and SMT lines, including tracking the individual component unique identifiers (UID) at the board or panel level.
Frequent setup changeovers and high mix manufacturing are characteristics of modern and efficient production environments. Minimize changeover times while assembly interdependencies are streamlined and errors or delays in the setup process are prevented. Complete setup awareness with all materials programs, feeders, work instructions and certified operators being verified and validated based in one common data set for quality assured production. Advanced Scheduling ensures the right people, material and resources are available to optimize production throughput. Use intuitive Work Instructions or design your own configurable and mobile-ready GUIs to interactively guide operators through detailed product and process steps.
Configure and track all types of equipment including process, inspection, test, transport and storage. Use Scheduling or flexible dispatching rules to match manufacturing orders with equipment. Maintenance Management handles preventive and corrective equipment maintenance, tracking and consumption of spare parts and also performs equipment qualification on a time or condition basis.
Fully integrated Quality Management capabilities ensure an error-proof production process and reduced scrap. Prevent serious quality escapes with real-time data collection and traceability, closed loop failure analysis, defect management and repair, non-conformance reporting and operator certification. Document Management ensures that only approved documents are used and Statistical Process Control (SPC) automatically reacts to in-line process deviations and takes decisive action. Determine the Acceptable Quality Level (AQL) of any component with fully configurable and automated Inspection and Sampling plans. Use standard operational dashboards to control your production in real-time and take action when needed.
Create and rapidly deploy a single baseline MES across multiple sites, enabling standardization, exchange and re-use of manufacturing information assets. Consisting of principles, guidelines, models, business rules, configurations and customizations that are applicable to the enterprise, each site maintains the flexibility to model the standard MES to their own specific business processes to respond quickly to changing business requirements.
Without the right partner it’s impossible to achieve our goals. Together with Critical Manufacturing we have a phase and sprint approach to cover all our needs in a very tough time frame.Alois Schacherl Group Manager, IT Manufacturing Services AT&S
We approached several software vendors but chose Critical Manufacturing because it has a modern, object-oriented approach and offers functional and technical fit, flexibility and an excellent return on investment.Dr. Thomas Amrein VP Planning & Systems Passives and Business Process Owner Planning and Manufacturing
Critical Manufacturing’s experience in the electronics sector and understanding of our operational needs will be of great benefit for this project. We are familiar with the technologies the MES is based on and feel extremely comfortable with the new system and the benefits it will deliver.Antoine Yon Plant Manager
Critical Manufacturing’s open and integrated SMT solution leverages the major capabilities of the core MES alongside existing line solutions and machine specific software programs. The Connect IoT, equipment integration and automation modules connect all types of equipment and IoT devices and also handle edge processing with the IoT Data Platform to reveal powerful real-time factory insights.
Whether communication is required between your SMT lines, material towers, robotic systems, AIV; Critical Manufacturing offers a holistic solution for connectivity and Industry 4.0 transformation. Utilizing protocol agnostic technologies, it’s possible to access precise real-time material consumption information, granular reference designator traceability, and complete setup and process control.Schedule a Demo
Many Electronics Assembly manufacturers’ experience of MES is dated or based on a limited set of functionalities. The Critical Manufacturing MES delivers many more benefits for enterprise-wide knowledge intensive production.
Electronics manufacturers that started on the path to digitization with Critical Manufacturing MES: