PORTO, PORTUGAL, April 10, 2018 – Critical Manufacturing, a leading provider of Manufacturing Execution Systems (MES) for Smart Manufacturing and Industry 4.0, today announced the release of the latest version of Critical Manufacturing MES, V6. V6 introduces a groundbreaking new equipment integration module, “Connect IoT”, designed to simplify the integration of all devices, equipment and the Internet of Things (IoT). Using V6 Connect IoT dramatically reduces the time and cost needed for companies to reap the tremendous benefits of smart technologies and Industry 4.0 manufacturing models. The new version also extends the advanced graphical user interface (GUI) to deliver configure-to-task, platform-agnostic mobility to all operator, supervisor and maintenance transactions, plus an enhanced scheduling module.
Critical Manufacturing V6 with Connect IoT is a breakthrough step in MES for the transition to Industry 4.0. Chris Parsons, VP Marketing at Critical Manufacturing, commented, “Critical Manufacturing MES V6 is, without a doubt, our most strategic release to date. Its functionality transforms the expectations of MES and positions the system as a leading solution for complex, high-tech manufacturers on their journey to digital transformation”
Connect IoT is a leap forward in engineering for Industry 4.0 because it enables fast, easy integration of both standard equipment interfaces and new IoT devices into a distributed, de-centralized architecture on which to build an autonomous production network. It is a lightweight, low footprint solution with cross-platform (Windows, Mac OS, Linux) and multi-architecture (ARM, x64 or x86 processors) support. The new module has out-of-the-box support for Low Energy Bluetooth, SECS/GEM, OPC UA and MQTT protocols.
Empowering the user with a complete graphic overview of all automation workflows, Connect IoT has an easy drag-and-drop logic interface, with no need for coding. The system automatically abstracts workflows from specific drivers and power users can implement re-usable, extensible workflow elements with complex logic. The powerful visual debugging screens also incorporate simulators for automation workflows using real machine values to reduce engineering times. Once configured, the module provides one-click deployment. This V6 integrated device management solution allows selective or mass deployment options with rollback possibility.
Alongside the Connect IoT module, Critical Manufacturing MES V6 includes many other features and enhancements that improve performance, usability and functionality of the system. Already known for its user-friendly interfaces and standard modules that dramatically reduce engineering times for even the most sophisticated of production processes, V6 extends system’s HTML5 mobile-ready GUI to every operation on the production line for operators, supervisors and maintenance technicians.
The scheduling module also has the new HTML5 GUI, and provides two new modes for fast scheduling and planning including, exploded bills of material (BOMs) and maximum material size. It also has added support for labor and durables scheduling.
Elsewhere in the MES, V6 delivers enriched features in master data management, material tracking, durables tracking, maintenance management, data collection, recipe management, reporting and analytics.
Parsons concluded, “Industry 4.0 is a manufacturing revolution that offers so many benefits, those that adopt it late will lose their competitive advantage. Our experience, particularly with customers from high-tech segments such as medical devices, semiconductor, electronics, printed circuit boards (PCBs) and Automotive, has helped us design a product that reduces the cost and risk of transition to Industry 4.0. No other system has so many modern capabilities to support manufacturers upgrading to Industry 4.0 as Critical Manufacturing MES V6 with the new Connect IoT module.”
For help with strategic planning for the transformation to Industry 4.0 and for more information on the future of MES and Industry 4.0, please visit Critical Manufacturing MES.
Critical Manufacturing provides the most modern, flexible, complete and configurable manufacturing execution system (MES) available. Critical Manufacturing MES helps manufacturers stay ahead of stringent product traceability and compliance requirements; reduce risk with inherent closed-loop quality; integrate seamlessly with enterprise systems and factory automation; and provide deep intelligence and visibility of global production operations.
As a result, our customers are Industry 4.0 ready. They can compete effectively and profitably by easily adapting operations to changes in demand, opportunity or requirements, anywhere, at any time.
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