September 20, 2016

Largest bicycle production facility in Europe implements Critical Manufacturing MES

PORTO, Portugal, September 20, 2016 – RTE Portugal, European leader in manufacturing and assembly of bicycles, selected Critical Manufacturing MES to implement in their facility in Gaia (Porto, Portugal). The company gained an integrated system for paperless management of production operations and one-source database for effective automated information flows.

After intensive investments in shop-floor equipment in the past few years, RTE needed a Manufacturing Execution System (MES) to collect information from the tools for a rigorous takt-time control of production lines.

Foreseeing future deployments, RTE selected the Critical Manufacturing MES to run their operations due to reliability and scalability of the solution, equipment integration capabilities and real-time visibility into the operations.

“With Critical Manufacturing MES, we widely improved our production supervision in multiple areas. We have a better view and understanding of what is happening in real time on the shop floor. It also gave us the possibility to control many quality issues, as the way we can get the information from our tools with MES is very easy and consistent.” said Bruno Salgado, Executive Director of RTE Portugal. “We are excited about this partnership with Critical Manufacturing that brings significant international experience in MES projects of different complexity levels.”


RTE is Portuguese industrial company, with 25 years of history and expertise in painting auto parts, train carriages and other products. Nowadays, the main industrial activities of the company are wheel assembly, bike assembly, suspension forks assembly, frames manufacturing, painting and all the logistics behind it; all guaranteed by a work force of 600 employees.


Critical Manufacturing empowers high performance operations for some of the most advanced manufacturers worldwide with innovative software technology and advanced services. Its new generation Manufacturing Execution System (MES) is an Industry 4.0 centerpiece, incorporating all necessary integration, mobile, connectivity and logical decentralization features. This deep, unified system increases performance, control and quality for complex manufacturing operations. The company is part of the Critical Group, a private group of companies founded in 1998 to provide solutions for mission and business critical information systems.