Every aerospace manufacturing organization needs a quality system. The differentiator is how readily one can react to a non-conformance and how frequently report their quality metrics. In absence of MES, reporting is purely historical and is often available too late to take action on its findings. MES enables non-conformances to be addressed in the present and minimize their potential impact.
Around this time last year, many people, including myself, were quite confident that 2017 would be the year of shop-floor IoT communication. While progress in many areas has been strong, 2018 is now looking like a more realistic contender for practical application of IoT in manufacturing, but, it all depends on you.
Productronica used to be all about evolving machine and materials technology, every two years, big steps forward. Not so much anymore, as laws of physics cannot yet be broken, and factories are more focused on high-performance flexibility than speed alone. Western manufacturing is more like rallying than a drag-race.
We recently held an Aegis Software user group meeting, the first one to take place in the UK. It may seem a little “old-fashioned” to have a face-to-face meeting these days, but even in this world of increasing digitalization, the values of the face to face communication persist.
At Atrenne Integrated Solutions, customers include some major Aerospace and Defense companies, requiring the utmost quality control and production efficiency. On the factory floor, an integrated MES system provides a form of “manufacturing intelligence” to drive Digital Transformation. Operators use Aegis’ FactoryLogix MES for real-time visibility into production, allowing them to streamline processes and ensure quality.
SMTAI Rosemont seemed a fair bit busier this year as compared to the previous two years. A lot of technology going on, much of it now in the digital domain as interest in Smart, digital factories and even a hint of Industry 4.0 moves forward. IPC meetings, were especially well attended, a focus of the combined know-how from leaders in the industry to form consensus based standards for the benefit of us all.
Tradeshows have once again become the much anticipated events in the manufacturer’s calendar. Today however, the talk is about digitization in manufacturing, a whole new focus of technology, driven by new business cases which, for example, bring opportunities for manufacturing coming back on-shore and competing in areas which would have been thought impossible just a year ago. SMTAI Rosemont is a “must” on the calendar for manufacturers of any size or sector who want to see how to get with this trend, using it to take their operations to the next level, rather than be left behind.
Manufacturers like you face critical demands to maintain regulatory compliance while also driving value for your customers. Moving from a manual tracking system to an automated MES provides complete quality control plus the flexibility for you to respond to changes in real time.
But what if your operation isn’t quite ready for an entire enterprise-wide MES system?
One manufacturer who faced this exact challenge is K2 Energy, a leading supplier of lithium-ion battery modules.
As a kid, it was great to convert something that was 2D to make something 3D, the classic house of cards, an interesting but unsustainable art form. It is never as simple as it may seem to put things together. With challenges like Industry 4.0 turning the manufacturing world upside down, in a good way I might add, we see solutions that are being quite brutally put together, through acquisition or partnership, which are expected to be perceived as being the solutions of tomorrow. Our younger selves know exactly what will happen.