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Critical Manufacturing to showcase manufacturing execution systems

7th October 2021
Tom Anstee

Supplier of future-ready manufacturing execution systems (MES) Critical Manufacturing will showcase its MES for electronics assembly at 2021’s SMTA (Surface Mount Technology Association) International exhibition. Recognising the challenges faced by electronics manufacturers, CM's system provides a factory-wide holistic solution for connectivity and Industry 4.0 transformation.

During the event, which runs from the 3rd to the 5th of November, Critical Manufacturing experts will be on hand to explain the features in its MES for Electronics Assembly that address the unique challenges of electronics manufacturers including components, boards, EMS, and OEMs.  The solution delivers agile and versatile Material Management functionality that automates material tracking and consumption for the efficient flow of materials from the warehouse to the line, reducing downtime and ensuring that the right materials are available in the right quantities at the right time. Combined with a powerful Equipment Integration module that allows complete visibility and traceability of the process flow, CM combines real-time equipment and process monitoring with accurate live visualisation of quality and performance across the supply chain.

The Critical Manufacturing MES for Electronics Assembly includes an open and integrated solution which leverages the core components of a future-ready MES along with specific functionality required to cover SMT and assembly production processes, from incoming raw materials to finished goods. The solution addresses many of the key requirements for SMT lines, assembly and test equipment including enterprise and equipment integration, warehouse and material management, including MSD and floor life control procedures, capacity and production planning, setup preparation and validation and equipment control and monitoring.

Process interlocking allows complete traceability and quality control over the entire manufacturing process flow.  Further capabilities include maintenance management and new product introduction, which provides operator guidance on assembly stages through visual and interactive work instructions. CM’s new Factory Automation module further enables interaction with key vendors for AIV’s, fleet management and automatic storage solutions for a complete automated SMT line solution, including scenarios for automated replenishment of components to minimize line stoppages and increase equipment utilisation.

CM will also highlight IoT Data Platform at the event. In a typical electronics factory, where testers, placement machines and other equipment can produce massive amounts of data at an extraordinary pace, this integrated technology provides a fully scalable event ingestion mechanism that can route events to multiple stream processing components for real-time processing. The speed and scalability of this platform provides a future-proof solution for data handling and means that any production issues are automatically identified to enable quick decisions and prevent future problems.

As electronics manufacturers face tremendous challenges to meet customers’ increasing expectations for top performing, high quality electronics at lower prices, the modernisation of the often diverse manufacturing application and data landscape, with alignment of all the business layers, has clear benefits. By providing end-to-end information flow across the plant and the entire enterprise, Critical Manufacturing’s MES is a key enabler for margin improvement and future business resilience by driving agility, efficiency and visibility into day-to-day operations while supporting advanced analytics for continued process and operational improvement.

Critical Manufacturing will be showcasing the advanced capabilities and advantages of its MES at the ASM booth 3025 at SMTA International, Minneapolis Convention Center, Hall B,1301 2nd Avenue South, Minneapolis, MN 55403.

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