Critical Manufacturing has been awarded a contract with the innovative electronics manufacturer éolane Tallinn, Estonia. The project will see a two-phase Manufacturing Execution System (MES) implementation, initially replacing the existing legacy system on site and then implementing additional features and modules, moving the business towards an Industry 4.0 (I4.0) solution.
éolane provides electronic manufacturing services in high technology sectors. It designs and integrates advanced electronic PCBA for eight focus markets: Defense, Industry, Telecom, Railway, Automotive, Medical, Energy and Aeronautics, with a goal to help manufacturers through the complete life cycle of a product.
Facing challenges with an aging manufacturing system that no longer supported the demands of its operations and lacked flexibility and integration between applications, éolane looked for a modern replacement that would provide a pathway to I4.0. Requirements included a fully integrated manufacturing and quality control system that would replace legacy systems, integrate with external systems, and improve lead time, productivity and efficiency. It required real-time visibility over operations, reduced effort for operational compliance, integrated quality analysis and real-time traceability and reporting. éolane selected the Critical Manufacturing MES for its ability to meet these requirements while providing a flexible architecture and user-friendly solution.
Antoine Yon, Plant Manager at éolane, said, “We selected the Critical Manufacturing MES because it gives us the flexibility and integration capabilities we need to provide the high level of support and excellence our customers demand. The modularity of the solution gives us plenty of scope to innovate and further drive efficiency and quality through our operations in the future.”
The nature of the éolane business and the high-tech customers it serves require innovation and quality. To overcome the restraints of the legacy system on site, the new MES will enable éolane to increase integration between systems and improve line performance through real-time operational visibility and accurate collection of cycle-time, delay, throughput, and other data. This will ensure that manufacturing lines are always using the right information and will reduce the effort of compliance management. The system will provide full traceability, help with troubleshooting, and provide detailed quality analysis and online statistical process control (SPC). Access to real-time yield figures, traceability of yield loss and real-time reporting of WIP, staging time, aging time, time constraints and expiration dates will further help improve line performance and reduce lead times.
Augusto Vilarinho, Director of Business Development at Critical Manufacturing said, “We have a strong focus on the electronics market and are delighted to be working with an innovative company such as éolane. The modularity and flexibility of our MES is a perfect fit for the phased implementation of this project and the agility éolane is looking for. It will give them a platform to build on for the future and provides them with a strong foundation to realize all the benefits of I4.0 in the future.”
Antoine Yon concluded, “Critical Manufacturing’s experience in the electronics sector and understanding of our operational needs will be of great benefit for this project. We are familiar with the technologies the MES is based on and feel extremely comfortable with the new system and the benefits it will deliver.”
The execution of the new MES will be carried out in cooperation with éolane, following an agile, flexible approach. Subsequent to the initial installation at the éolane facility in Estonia, there is the possibility the solution will be rolled out to a further five manufacturing sites in France.