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Aerospace Manufacturer Enabled by Manufacturing Execution System to Produce Safety Critical Electronics

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 Aerospace Manufacturer Enabled by Manufacturing Execution System to Produce Safety Critical Electronics - IoT ONE Case Study
Technology Category
  • Functional Applications - Manufacturing Execution Systems (MES)
Applicable Industries
  • Aerospace
Applicable Functions
  • Product Research & Development
Use Cases
  • Process Control & Optimization
The Challenge
This document summarizes the manufacturing execution system (MES), or manufacturing operations management (MOM) solution implemented by an Aerospace parts manufacturer in order to introduce full-accountability into their assembly processes. The MES/MOM delivered “integrity of process” by providing a control system which managed all aspects of the assembly process; and created a closed-loop of accountability, delivering the desired results every-single-time. A critical aspect to the achievement of their goal was the management of a new assembly line workforce. The true test of the dependability on the MES/MOM system was it empowered operators with little to no experience to build sophisticated electronic components to the highest quality standards. It is also noteworthy that the MES/MOM was able to be integrated and operational in a very short time frame in less than four (4) days.
About The Customer
Aerospace OEM Electronics Supplier to Boeing
The Solution
The quick integration and configuration of the plant floor management system was possible given the turn-key nature of the MES/MOM software, which is accessible from any web browser on any computer, tablet or Smartphone. The client was extremely relieved and impressed when they saw the system installed and operational within four (4) days, i.e. an inexperienced workforce was producing high-quality ‘safety critical’ parts within a week.

The solution was to scale-up the proven MES/MOM system in order to ensure plant-wide error-proofing in all processes on the assembly lines, be it by tool or device, or human. The manufacturing execution system contributed to an over-all paradigm shift by introducing a culture of ‘full-accountability’ into the customer’s manufacturing operations.

"…PINpoint taught us what accountability of process really means, the financial value of that and how to maximize the benefit of the assembly equipment we already owned."
~ Aerospace OEM Supplier

The Aerospace manufacturer was able to use the MES/MOM to configure the communications presented to assembly line workers in a way most meaningful to them, with easy to understand paperless work instructions including pictures, graphics, and videos demonstrating the tasks they are to perform. Line workers were guided step-by-step, with the MES/MOM verifying each and every step for conformity.
Operational Impact
  • [Efficiency Improvement - Productivity]
    Workforce was enabled by MES system to quickly produce quality electronics.
  • [Efficiency Improvement - Quality Assurance]
    Error-proofing maximized.
  • [Efficiency Improvement - Productivity]
    Manufacturing optimization by way of PINpoint 'Production Analytics' feature (manufacturing intelligence).
Quantitative Benefit
  • 4 days only to implement manufacturing execution system; with inexperienced workers trained and being guided by the MES system to build quality parts by day 5.
  • Customer was able to optimize processes (cycle time) further using Production Analytics software.

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