Manufacturing Operations Software Overview
Bring speed, control, and visibility to manufacturing operations.
Factory information visibility and process-wide control is core to competitiveness. You need technology to connect R&D data to all factory processes, materials, and equipment. Technology with a known and contained cost, deployed on time. Learn how Aegis will accelerate your manufacturing operations.
- + NPI, MES, & Analytics in One System:
A Manufacturing Operations System must extend well beyond the process itself. It first requires transforming product CAD design data from R&D into a complete manufacturing process design. Then the shop floor systems must deliver documentation, track product, control materials, gather data from operators and machines, and manage quality.
However, all this capability is largely useless if the information results are invisible. That’s why Aegis’ solution includes historical, scheduled, and real-time outputs in the form or reports and dashboards.
But unlike any other system, these outputs are built by the users—not by integrators, the IT department, or programmers. Aegis puts the power of analysis in the hands of those who understand the results. A total solution on one database delivered by one vendor.
- + A Single, CAD-Intelligent Data Backbone:
The entire Aegis solution and its modules reside on a single database. At its core is what Aegis calls ‘CAD Intelligence’. This means that every function the system performs is related back to the actual design CAD information for the product being manufactured and the manufacturing parts list as well. This is key to Aegis’ unique abilities in several ways.
First, it reduces redundant data entry all along the process while reducing data storage size without compromising data availability. Secondly, associating all incoming process and materials variables to the product design itself unleashes a depth of analysis simply impossible from generic MES solutions that do not understand the product design.
Finally, it simplifies the operation of the solution. Operators do not interact with flat documents or collect data in forms. They can drill into visuals of the product with intelligence to give them rich and current information. They collect quality data against a visual of the design, greatly expediting data entry.
More than any other factor, Aegis’ design-intelligent backbone sets it apart from generic MES solutions.
- + Deploys Faster / Costs Less / Delivers More:
In independent surveys, Aegis shines. These surveys, conducted by Aberdeen Research, reveal that MES users worldwide deploy their Aegis MES solution faster and with a lower true cost of ownership than competing solutions.
Aberdeen’s Senior Research Analyst stated, “I think the data speaks for itself when it comes to the success Aegis clients enjoy. In key metrics like OEE, On Time Delivery, and New Product Introductions, Aegis users significantly outperform the average user of MES. Interestingly, the data also shows Aegis customers don’t pay more for this elevated performance. Their total cost is almost half that of an average MES user, which in our estimation, can be attributed to the holistic set of functionality offered by Aegis as well as the novel approach Aegis takes to implementation and service delivery.”
- + A Proven Solution by the Leading Vendor:
Aegis systems are deployed in 1150 sites worldwide across more than 950 corporations. We are partnered with more than 33 machine vendors, as well as being a Microsoft Gold Certified Partner—the highest level of product and company certification Microsoft offers.
As the recipient of a decade of customer service awards for software in our market space, the data is clear—in the high tech manufacturing industry, Aegis is the market leader for systems spanning NPI through MES and analytics. And the race is not even close.
More manufacturers in this industry rely upon Aegis every day than any other system of its type.
- + Implement as Little or as Much as You Need:
As a modular solution built on a single database, the solution grows over time as needs evolve. Many begin with the NPI engine to expedite their process planning and launch from CAD.
They may move onto the paperless factory system thereafter. Perhaps materials setup control and product tracking next. Then quality and test management. All the while traceability, monitoring, and reporting is available throughout the expansion of the system.
And best of all, every new Aegis system automatically upgrades customer data to the current version—a capability stretching back even to our first version from 1997. That’s a record no other vendor can approach.
- + Engineered by One Vendor:
This is the age of software vendors piecing together a ‘system by acquisition’. Their offering is called a ‘system’ but in fact exists as many products that were acquired and/or subcontracted. In this respect Aegis truly stands apart.
Every module Aegis offers is engineered by Aegis. This is the only way to deliver a truly holistic, integrated, singular solution of high quality. Any other option is merely a collection of tools struggling to work together.
One major objective of Manufacturing Operations Systems is to consolidate multiple information systems and bring cohesion to your reporting and analysis. Why purchase a disjointed collection of software from a vendor to replace your current disjointed collection of software?
Aegis delivers a real system operating on one backbone, built solely by Aegis.
- + Known Investment / No Customization:
Everyone who has been involved in the purchase of an enterprise software system knows the process. The vendor’s salespeople answer ‘yes’ to every question about capability. Then the system arrives, and it is quickly discovered that ‘yes’ really meant ‘yes if you pay our integrators and customizers to change the system to do that’.
As customizations grind on, the project ultimately costs 3-4x the original projected investment and requires twice the time to implement as result. Making matters worse, all these customizations make it costly or impossible to upgrade to new versions in the future. A great business model for the vendor, a terrible one for you the customer.
Aegis takes a totally different approach. When you engage with Aegis, we take great time and effort to understand your requirements and map them to what our system does as it exists, and tell you where it cannot achieve your objectives. 99% of customer requirements are achieved through its configurability—not software customization.
Integrations to business systems are fix-fee quoted where required. Your up-front proposal contains the total cost including implementation—something utterly unique in large scale software system procurement.
- + Technology Leadership / Standards Based:
Aegis was the first company to bring full-scope MES to the electronics assembly market in 2000. This first system was the earliest multi-tier web-based system available. In 2003 we implemented the first commercially successful CAMX-standard-based data acquisition system that now supports virtually all the equipment sets in the industry.
Aegis’s Version 7 and forward is built entirely on an SOA architecture (service oriented architecture) utilizing .NET technology. Our dashboard solution is truly real-time and is the only dashboard system that does not increase database loading as more dashboards are utilized.
The list of innovations is quite long and it is a source of pride at Aegis that our product direction and our base technologies continue to be copied by competitors over and over again.
Our mission is to continue to set the standard and keep our customers a few generations ahead.