Implementing Industry 4.0 with a manufacturing execution system

26th October 2017
Posted By : Lanna Cooper
Implementing Industry 4.0 with a manufacturing execution system


Provider of MOM solutions for advanced manufacturing, Critical Manufacturing has announced that that it will implement its Medical Device Manufacturing Execution System (MES/MOM) at B. Braun Medical Industries.

Critical Manufacturing will help B. Braun Medical Industries to future-proof their manufacturing operations as they embark upon embracing the digital revolution, utilising the latest concepts in modern manufacturing processes. B. Braun Medical Industries is laying an essential foundation piece to drive further growth with Critical Manufacturing’s new Industry 4.0 ready MES.

Founded in Germany in 1839, B. Braun is a medical technology company with production sites around the world, and ten in the Asia Pacific region alone. In Penang, B. Braun Medical Industries is the Group’s largest production site with over 7,500 employees working in five large plants, specialising in intravenous access devices, infusion solutions and surgical instruments.

Critical Manufacturing will implement its complete MES, together with its unified Advanced Planning and Scheduling (APS) and Equipment Integration (EI) modules. This will enable B. Braun Medical Industries to leverage paperless digital manufacturing processes to improve flexibility, agility, operational effectiveness and product quality whilst reducing operating costs. 

Critical Manufacturing’s modern MES architecture will enable B. Braun Medical Industries to readily scale MES across their expanding sites and easily adapt to the future needs of the business.

In addition, Critical Manufacturing’s MES will help B. Braun to capture real time information and make it available across their sites, as well as connect all their equipment, various information systems and operator interfaces to regulate all aspects of production.

Francisco Almada Lobo, CEO of Critical Manufacturing stated: “Critical Manufacturing recognises that Industry 4.0 capabilities will be a game changer for medical device manufacturers, such as B. Braun. Critical Manufacturing’s MES was designed and built from the ground up to make Industry 4.0 a reality for innovative and complex manufacturers. In contrast with traditional MES, we have no legacy technology and the system is cutting edge.”

“We were selected by B. Braun Medical Industries because of the openness, flexibility and extensibility of CM’s MES, in which all modules and functionalities work across the same scalable platform, and provide a consistent user interface and experience across all the different functions. Our single solution also reduces validation costs.”

Almada Lobo concluded: “Critical manufacturing is committed to B. Braun’s success, both in our project execution approach and our flexibility to meet all of their long term needs. We will use a joint project team to configure our system and build the competence to maintain it for the foreseeable future. We are confident that we will help B. Braun Medical Industries become a global benchmark for advanced and innovative medical manufacturing.”

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