September 10, 2015

SMART Modular Technologies gains advanced production control with Critical Manufacturing MES

PORTO, Portugal, September 10, 2015SMART Modular Technologies has selected Critical Manufacturing’s MES for implementation in its memory chip back-end plant in Atibaia (São Paulo, Brazil). As the facility expanded after entering mobile device memory chips, it required a modern Manufacturing Execution System to manage their production processes and control quality.

SMART manufactures sophisticated memory products including DRAM, and LPDRAM, eEMC, eMMC, and microSD, and as the production volume grows, managing flows in the old fashioned way turned to be insufficient. Internally developed WIP tracking system and recording data in Excel did not allow for close yield monitoring or data analysis to prevent defects, and will now be replaced by complete automated data collection and standardized production flows. As a result SMART will achieve full WIP traceability complemented by quality and SPC, recipes and equipment selection and tight control of time windows between processes.

“Moving from a manual system is a major thing. We are changing the culture, not just the system, for all the levels – engineers, managers, and operators”, says Francisco Javier, Equipment and System Engineering Manager. “By implementing a modern Manufacturing Execution System like Critical Manufacturing MES, we are assured that all processes have strong controls. I would not choose differently.”

The decision to implement MES was followed by thorough selection process, which led to the selection of a supplier that uses Microsoft SQL server platforms, matching SMART’s other systems. Critical Manufacturing MES modular system set Critical Manufacturing apart from the other three suppliers.

Details on selection and implementation process are available in a new case study now available from IYNO Advisors, titled “Software Project enriches controls and culture. Modern MES for memory IC back-end.”


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Critical Manufacturing provides innovative software technology and advanced services that empower operations for some of the most advanced manufacturers worldwide. Its new generation Manufacturing Execution System (MES), built end-to-end on proven Microsoft layers, provides unified flexibility for modeling complex industry requirements, increasing manufacturers’ performance, control and quality. 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.