Threats of an outdated MES

The obsolescence of Manufacturing Execution Systems (MES) presents a huge challenge to fab IT departments. The following are some of the main issues manufacturers with legacy solutions face:

End-of-life support

Increased support risk and cost.
Lower quality and slower support.

Maintenance & operational cost

Higher cost of obsolete and proprietary technologies. Higher cost of maintaining add-ons & customizations.

Effort to modify, extend & integrate

Higher cost of adding and changing functionality.
Slower response time to business changes.

Altogether, if no action is taken, these issues translate into increased costs, increased risks and missed revenue. To address these challenges, Critical Manufacturing offers two areas of specialized services: Legacy MES enhancements and MES migration services.

Legacy MES enhancements

Critical Manufacturing’s personnel have a unique combination of business and technical expertise, that make us the perfect partner for your legacy MES enhancement project.

  • Solid experience in MES systems, namely in Workstream, PROMIS and FAB300
  • Extensive domain knowledge in semiconductor frontend and backend production
  • Unique state-of-the-art IT technology know-how

Typical projects within this area are:

Equipment Integration
  • Collect engineering data from equipment and load them into engineering databases or attach them to MES contexts

    • Download or select recipe at the equipment
    • Automate MES transaction for more reliable information, e.g. equipment state change
Reporting and Data Analysis Solutions
  • Extract, merge and load from different data sources into a single data warehouse or analysis system

    • Solutions for online analysis of data, including filtering and drill-down
    • Solutions for easy creation and sharing of reports based on MES data and other sources
Custom GUI Developments and GUI Enhancements
  • Web or desktop based GUI’s, acting as thin presentation layer on top of the robust server-side

Custom Application Development, Tightly Integrated into the MES System
  • Planning, strategy & solution architecture

    • Requirements analysis, design, development & test
    • Project management
    • Quality assurance

MES migration

There are many reasons for replacing a working MES with a new MES. Industry 4.0 and an array of emerging digital technologies make the prospect of upgrading your MES attractive-taking advantage of new technologies; reducing a ‘hodgepodge’ of applications for a centrally-managed, cohesive application framework; and addressing hardware/software end of life issues with no migration path.

It’s crucial to the success of the migration to get all of the affected departments committed and engaged. That begins with creating a strategy that matches the organization’s character.

How to migrate to new MES

Migration itself is a very complex process where the following topics need to be considered

  • Migration of master data
  • Reporting systems
  • Historical information
  • Integration with other applications
  • Deployment plans and procedures, including software, hardware and people
  • Risk mitigation and fallback solutions
  • Hand-over to operations & support

There's no right or wrong strategy: just one that better fits your needs.

Critical Manufacturing’s resources have an invaluable experience in migrating MES solutions in running facilities with minimum production disruption and can assist you in this complex but extremely important process.

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