Process & Automation

We transform manual tasks into streamlined automation, enable remote control of your systems, and implement SPC and MES technologies on your factory floor.

Sequence

Manual >> Automated

Manual processes are prone to human error, they take a while to perform while tying up human resources from start to finish, and new operators must be trained in the process. We can help you transform a manual or fragmented process into streamlined automation, for instance:

  • Device programming.
  • Enabling your system for remote control.
  • System configuration automation.
  • System deployment.

SPC

SPC

SPC, or Statistical Process Control, is deterministic analysis of key process parameters to give you exact knowledge of the health of your process. Without this exact knowledge you act on hunches and feelings, which isn't a very precise way of dealing with complex processes.

Even if your individual systems collect all the proper data, without that data being centrally stored, ranked and displayed in easy to understand graphs, it becomes a very lengthy task to investigate a failing system, or you might miss fading production quality entirely for weeks or months.

SPC works for all processes, but we deploy it mainly for production test systems. When applied correctly SPC can automatically report your yields and help you spot problems early on before they become serious. SPC can also help you determine the root cause of failures, and it is a great tool for improving production quality or reducing test execution time.

MES

MES, or Manufacturing Execution System, is a control system for managing and monitoring work-in-progress on your factory floor - it even follows your products out to your customers and back.

With a MES you can track all units by location and state, and you can set up rules for when your units may enter the different stations in your factory. The MES answers common questions like "Is this unit ready for test?", "May we start repair of this unit?", or even "Do we have a bottleneck in our factory that needs to be removed?".

So, when you have all your stations sorted out - component buildup, test cells, production lines, packing stations, repair stations and so on - those stations need to know what to do with the units that arrive at them. Without a MES of any sort an operator may scan a barcode and waste precious time performing functional testing on a known faulty unit. A MES would have refused to start such a test.

We can help you implement parts of a MES (perhaps you just need deterministic serial number generation or unit traceability), and we can help you implement a complete MES to take full control of your factory and optimize efficiency.


Relevant cases

Reducing dentist medical equipment production cost.

News & Knowledge

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