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Critical Manufacturing created cmNavigo, a next generation MES for empowering organizations by replacing legacy systems with modules that can ensure competitiveness. It provides customer complete flexibility in managing materials, equipments, containers, consumables and durables used in production cycle by ensuring quality of R&D, operations, engineering and manufacturing business intelligence. One of the most important aspects of cmNavigo is its modularity. There are approx 30 modules covering functions ranging from ERP integration to automation, equipment integration, shop-floor execution, process control and management of all manufacturing business processes. The company allows the customer to decide the suitable module depending on the complexity of the operation or process.
In an implementation highlight, the company worked with Austria Technologie & Systemtechnik (AT&S), a global high-end printed circuit board provider, to operationalize its newly opened production site in Chongqing, China.
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Alternatively, the Critical Manufacturing team has also noticed that manufacturers are trying to efficiently record shop-floor transactions including material movements or equipment state changes, and accurately deliver real-time data using legacy solutions. The company addresses this complexity by designing fabLive, a customizable real-time virtual window, which allows end-users to create and define visual rich indicators that can be shared with any other users of the system. Almada Lobo further identified, “Although the benefits of MES are well-documented, manufacturers often come across financial or other resource constraints while implementing a complete solution.” fabLive allows customers to design the physical layout of the plant and monitor the equipment in real time with updates delivered using a publish/subscribe mechanism. Along with fabLive, Critical Manufacturing also provides a dashboard, which allows end users to create and define visual rich indicators, updated in real-time that can be shared with any other users of the system.
The company has also significantly invested in IIoT for driving Industry 4.0 forward. The team at Critical Manufacturing applies its years of experience in semiconductor industry to provide equipments an interface that allows the various layers to communicate with each other. For the future, Almada Lobo foresees, “Industry 4.0 will not be a reality overnight. For this, the existing systems must allow manufacturers to run the whole factory floor without human operation. We are working towards realizing such an ambition.”