Prior to working with DMC, the client’s process was almost entirely manual which made it difficult to capture and analyze production data. To optimize and automate the system, DMC’s team implemented an MES solution that schedules production, gathers and analyzes data, communicates to external systems, and builds custom reports. A mobile-friendly solution was important to the client, so DMC engineers utilized Sepasoft Perspective and Perspective components to develop the system.
DMC began the design process by working closely with the client to determine all requirements for their new system. Once the objectives were fully defined, DMC developed a custom MES using Sepasoft modules. The Sepasoft modules gave DMC the base functionality for the system. DMC’s engineers then customized the modules to fit the client’s specific requirements.
The major functionality of the system is scheduling production runs and tracking data against those runs. This increases the visibility of the production floor and gives the client data that can be used to improve their processes.
To achieve this, the system communicates with a variety of systems including the Ignition SCADA Gateway, WMS, custom vision system (through RESTful APIs), corporate inventory, and line equipment. In total, the system gathers data from 25 lines and collects around 50,000 data points per shift.
The captured data allows the MES to calculate OEE, downtime, production yields, and labor. Personnel from operators to plant managers to the FSQA department can then use these reports to gain greater visibility into production and make informed decisions about their business.
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