Sony Ericsson finds productivity gains through MES

By Plant Engineering Staff February 21, 2007

After implementing a new enterprise manufacturing execution system, Sony Ericsson saw its volume and yields increase.

Hiroyuki Tanaka, vice president of planning and logistics control for Sony Ericsson Mobile Communications, said the InSite system from Camsrat delivered immediate improvement. “We shipped 8.5 million units in the third quarter of 2006, a 25% increase over the same period last year — this is supported by Camstar’s InSite,” said Tanaka.

Sony Ericsson’s manufacturing operation necessitates extremely high production volumes and strict traceability requirements. The system processes high transaction volumes, continuously around-the-clock, with input from 9,000 operators working on more than 100 production lines. It also manages the unique label configuration and printing demands of nearly 700 customers in 119 countries. Sony Ericsson’s future rollout plans include expansion of the solution to an additional plant.