Top 10 Shop Floor Management Solution Companies - 2019
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Top 10 Shop Floor Management Solution Companies - 2019

Although digitalization has entered every industry, the manufacturing arena still manages most of the operations manually, which leads to various difficulties in designs, productions, and poor inventory management. The manufacturers in the present era are utilizing emerging technologies like analytics, AI, machine learning, IoT, IIoT, blockchain for better quality management and real-time monitoring of goods. With an enormous amount of data being generated every day, these latest technologies enable manufacturers to operate on an integrated data model.

One of the major technological innovations in recent time, blockchain, is helping manufacturers create new business models. Blockchain not only increases visibility across every area of manufacturing, from strategic sourcing to procurement to shop floor operations but also aggregates value transactions to improve supply chain efficiency. With improved supplier order accuracy and product quality, manufacturers can easily meet delivery dates and increase the ROI on digital technologies.

To gain maximum value from the production, it is necessary for shop floors to create a contextually rich stream of data that provides insights into product quality, machine performance, and machine yield. IoT sensors aid the operators in real-time monitoring of the manufacturing site. There are various IIoT analytics frameworks available in the market that help manufacturers contextualize real-time plant efficiency KPIs, such as overall equipment effectiveness (OEE), direct material costing, production yield rates, and efficiency.

In the wake of these technology transitions, we are glad to feature several companies that are continually proving their mettle in the field of shop floor management with several innovative technological capabilities and success stories up their sleeves. Tutelar Technologies is providing a manufacturing execution system (MES) to measure and control activities in the production areas. In addition, the company offers a warehouse management system (WMS) to control the movement and storage of materials within a warehouse and process the associated transactions, including shipping, receiving, putaway and picking to optimize the cost of timely order fulfillment. Another company, The Lake Companies, offers an innovative manufacturing execution solution—SyteLine Shop-Trak that seamlessly connects Infor SyteLine (CloudSuite Industrial) with MES to deliver better business results. 

Adding value to the manufacturing space is Rockware Corp. that has been delivering Andon display, HMI, SCADA, and MES for over 15 years, using Microsoft database-driven applications. Rockware’s solutions comprise many prebuilt dashboards, interfaces, historical data logs, and reports to help customers in writing values to PLCs comparable to an industrial HMI where applicable.

Likewise, riteSOFT provides warehouse management solutions to automate data collection for small and medium-sized manufacturers and distributors around the globe. riteSCAN Mobile Warehouse for SYSPRO and riteTIME Labor Data & Time Tracking are seamless solutions that leverage information and technology to optimize efficiency. Another featured company, Cornerstone Systems, Inc. (CSI), provides a complete job shop management solution, Visual Shop for process-oriented job shops.

We hope this issue of the Manufacturing Technology Insights helps you build the partnership you and your firm needs to foster a technologically-driven shop floor environment.

We present to you Manufacturing Technology Insights’ “Top 10 Shop Floor Management Solution Providers 2019.”


    Top Shop Floor Management Solution Companies

  • Cornerstone Systems offers its Visual Shop Management software that breaks the barriers of conventional tools. Visual Shop is a comprehensive software package for galvanizing, anodizing, electroplating, painting, and other processes-oriented companies. It is integrated with tons of features such as order entry, quotations, scheduling, tracking, shipping, invoicing, reporting, and certifications. All these features help service providers manage the entire business operations efficiently. For instance, with Visual Track feature, service providers can ensure that every step in the process is executed completely and in a proper order. Cornerstone Systems understands that not all businesses are the same. The company has built the software in such a way that it can be customized to fit different business needs

  • eFlex Systems is a manufacturing and information systems service provider in the development and execution of sophisticated technology and world-class assembly development alternatives. To satisfy evolving business requirements, eFlex Systems can assist users in reaching the correct equilibrium of technology and lean production values. As a worldwide client base, eFlex Systems are continuing to grow knowledge in optimizing manufacturing installation. In order to attract the latest clients and maintain their connection with current customers, the company relies on the credibility of eFlex Systems as a world-class production software company and consulting company

  • Minnesota based software company riteSOFT develops riteTIME and specializes in automated data collection software for small and mid-sized manufacturers around the globe. riteTIME is a simple, yet configurable, time tracking system that captures time clock punches for payroll—and project time or “job punches” by tasks and employees. Shop floor employees can easily collect custom production data such as quantity produced and scrap. The operator can capture time via simple bar code scans, touch screen, or keyboard on a computer work station, shared tablet, kiosk, or mobile device

  • Rockware offers fully configured and licensed off-the-shelf IMM software that assists manufacturers and designers to streamline facility management across injection molding and decorating sectors like never before. With its premier customizable software products strategically architected to address the unique needs of shop floor management, Rockware has been instrumental in delivering a turnkey automated data collection solution for injection molding departments, assembly lines, and manufacturing environments. The company has developed Rockware IMM (Intelligent Manufacturing Machine) that collects machine cycles automatically and combines with configuration data and personnel input to provide real-time and historical information

  • Developer of patented technology that improves manufacturing processes in the pharmaceutical arena

  • The Lake Companies, with a focus to deliver rich, detailed, and easy-to-integrate solutions, supports a shop floor supervisor with four distinct applications: Shop-Trak, Doc-Trak, Fact-Trak, and Beacon-Trak. The company focuses on production and manufacturing execution; a combination of time and attendance, manufacturing labor collection, manufacturing material collection, machine costing, and performance information. It serves as a one-stop solution for users who need not access various different applications to gather and segregate vital shop floor information, ensuring speedy and accurate workflows. With these applications, a shop floor supervisor is empowered with the power of automated documentation that spans across an organization’s entire supply chain

  • Tutelar offers next generation manufacturing capabilities through their proprietary software—Ujigami, leveraging the abilities of existing workforce and equipment to deliver best quality along with uninterrupted, productive uptime, for optimized performance. The Ujigami software suite can be quickly configured to achieve the desired results with rapid and sustainable ROI. The purpose-built shop floor software offers Product Directed Manufacturing capabilities, advanced mistake-proofing, dock-to-dock management, flexible manufacturing environment, fastest device level interfaces for plant floors, and total solution ownership with a global reach

  • Dassault Systèmes

    Dassault Systèmes

    A leading provider of manufacturing software and ERP software systems for repetitive, process and discrete manufacturing industries

  • Factory Four

    Factory Four

    Provides a platform that is highly customizable, simple to use, and quick to deploy, for empowering manufacturers to build the next generation of products and harness the increasingly digital future

  • MX Strategis

    MX Strategis

    It delivers expertise in manufacturing operational excellence and its software service is MxMax Productivity™, which engages the workforce, provides rich data for improvement initiatives and delivers management information directly linked to production and capacity