PORTO, Portugal, February 13, 2017 – Yazaki Saltano’s implementation of Critical Manufacturing MES in their plastic injection-molded parts division has delivered the expected benefits to the organization’s productivity, visibility and time-to-market initiatives. The company replaced a paper-based and excel system which could no longer support the growth and analysis needed on the plant floor. The first phase of the project was completed in July 2016.
The Portuguese facility of Yazaki Group, a leading supplier of wire, cable and wiring harnesses for automotive OEMs, implemented Critical Manufacturing’s core modules for MES, statistical process control (SPC), ERP integration and machine connection in one of the six main production divisions.
This was Yazaki’s second chance at implementing MES after an unsuccessful attempt several years before, when a project failed due to the vendor not being able to set up a reliable machine connection. As a result, the data was unreliable and employees stopped using the system. Critical Manufacturing successfully replaced the manual system and then connected dozens of existing and new molding machines in the second-phase of the MES project. Since then, Yazaki has expanded, adding more machines every month, without the need for additional operators.
“In the evaluation process, we looked not only for a partner for today, but for the next 10-15 years. We also looked for a strong future roadmap. With Critical Manufacturing, we got all that plus they manage the sub-contractor who connects equipment to the MES.”, says Fernando Fernandes, Information System Manager, Yazaki Saltano de Ovar, PE Lda. “We consider this a kind of a trial. After using it for a while, we think it makes sense to implement in other divisions”.
Founded in 2009, Critical Manufacturing provides manufacturers of complex, high tech discrete products, a manufacturing execution and intelligence system that empower organizations to achieve its goals. It has more than 15 years of experience as software solution providers to the semiconductor industry. It has expanded its services to a broad range of high tech manufacturing industries with a group of top analysts and developers.
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Yazaki was founded in Japan in 1929 and has since been a family-owned company. Today it is a market leader in the area of automotive wiring harness systems and supplies all major OEMs with innovative solutions. More than 290 000 committed and highly motivated employees working at 487 locations in 45 countries contribute to Yazaki’s global success. By using state-of-the-art technology, Yazaki connects its customers with the future – worldwide.
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