ATS, Siemens continue MES world tour, offer ATS Simatic Filling and Packaging
ATS Applied Tech Systems and Siemens continue on their MES World Tour on the benefits of manufacturing execution systems and integrated quality. Additional dates are shown below. ATS also announced general availability of ATS Simatic IT MES Filling and Packaging developed with Siemens, and implemented at Schweppes.
ATS Applied Tech Systems and Siemens continue on their MES World Tour on the benefits of manufacturing execution systems and integrated quality. Additional dates are shown below. ATS also announced general availability of ATS Simatic IT MES Filling and Packaging software developed with Siemens and implemented at Schweppes.
ATS Siemens MES World Tour , future dates, as of Aug. 17, 2009
United Kingdom Samlesbury 22-23 Sep 2009
USA Seattle 5 Oct 2009
USA Atlanta 8 Oct 2009
USA Springhouse, Pennsylvania 19 Oct 2009
In August, there was a half-day interactive MES World Tour session in Troy, Michigan, near Detroit, and the Aug. 19 in Philadelphia. The theme for the world tour is: "How to successfully deploy MES?" MESA, ATS, and Siemens MES experts conduct a half-day interactive seminar organized around a breakfast, covering:
- Latest thinking from MESA International (Manufacturing Enterprise Systems Association);
- Integrated quality with MES (applications from the food and automotive industries);
- MES in discrete manufacturing (applications from the aerospace industry);
- MES in a multi-site roll-out (updates from Carlsberg Breweries)
- MES "out of the box" (Siemens approach towards the "factory in a box" concept);
- Live demonstrations of filling, packaging, traceability, environmental and quality inspection (brewing and automotive applications).
Schweppes has chosen the ATS Simatic IT MES Filling and Packaging Solution. This solution was first developed in close co-operation with Siemens Genoa for Carlsberg and is now available to the general filling and packaging market as an "out of the box" solution. The new order from Schweppes will be initially implemented across three sites in Australia. The functional design follows the S95 Manufacturing Execution Systems standard and includes the following.
1. Order handling of SAP downloaded orders:
• Real-time Planning overview of SAP orders
• Tracking of order progress per workstation on the packaging lines
• Creation of manual orders to run independently from SAP
2. Master Data interfaced with SAP, e.g. for packaging material requirements
3. Downtime management:
• Downtime is logged via integration with the PLC's and SCADA for the Packaging lines
• Automatic assignment of Micro Stop, reason for stops less then 60 sec
• Downtimes reasons are logged to a detailed level on failures on equipment level
• Detailed downtime performance and analysis reporting via 12 standard reports with multiple data-filtering options
4. Key Performance Indicators (KPIs):
-KPI standard reporting via automatically captured order-, downtime- and loss data when running orders on the packaging lines. The reports are fully aligned with the Group KPI manual, and also provide local KPI reporting for supporting Lean initiatives. KPI reports currently available are: Process Orders, Shift Summary, Article, Utilization, Line Efficiency, Total Capacity Utilization, Waiting for Beer, Can/ Bottle Losses, and Scorecard.
For more information, see:
- ATS Applied Tech Systems ;
- Article from MBT: New takes on emerging software ;
- Article from MBT: MES vs. ERP: Do you need one system or two?
- Edited by Mark T. Hoske, electronic products editor, MBT www.mbtmag.com
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