Investigating and talking to people about MES solutions I was looking for other solutions from the market that covers the MES needs of the companies. Apriso was the name that came into a couple of conversations. The name ‘Apriso’ was derived from the Spanish word, aprisa, which simply means ‘quickly’. Dassault Systèmes acquired Apriso this … Read more


Andon is derived from a Japanese term for a type of paper lantern. In manufacturing it refers to a system to notify management, maintenance, and other workers of a quality or process problem. It started as a simple way of clear communication where Commonly color-coded is: Green: Normal operations. Yellow: – changeover or planned maintenance. Red: … Read more

SIMATIC IT Production Suite (2/2)

2. SIMATIC IT Components are designed to provide the functionality to update the status of the plant’s elements, maintain historical records, transform materials, modify orders and so forth. 2.1. At Line Testing (ALT): According to the international ISA-95 standard, production processes and output must be subjected to quality tests. These can be work instructions or … Read more

At Line Estimate

According to the international ISA-95 standard, production processes and output must be subjected to quality tests. In addition to ensuring that the correct resources (equipment, materials and personnel) are used, quality tests check that products conform to quality standards and can be released (within specified conditions). In at-line tests, items or samples are taken out … Read more

Simatic IT, Intelligence suite

The main components the users can work with are: scorecards and dashboards. You can: Create/manage your own scorecards, save them, share them. Create/manage dashboards adding/removing scorecards. As you classify the equipment by different layers, you can build scorecards at different levels. Measure Operating Equipment Effectiveness (OEE% =availability% x performance% x quality%). Monitor downtime. Monitor electricity … Read more

SIMATIC IT Production Suite (1/2)

Trying to understand how this product is divided, I invested some time on the support documentation provided by Siemens. The main 2 components of SIMATIC IT are Production Modeler and Components: 1. SIMATIC IT Production Modeler offers a modeling environment in which the various functions provided by SIMATIC IT Components are graphically combined to define … Read more

Industrie 4.0

This week I learned that the German government has launched a program named Industry 4.0. I’m used to see terms as “4.0” in the www, but no in other industries. Then I learned there is a clear definition of the different phases of the industry revolution. We are now in the 3.0 and navigating to … Read more

Rough cut capacity plan (RCCP)

In the same way on IT we have capacity plans for data storage, server capacity and other forecasting processes, on the supply chain processes there is the RCCP. RCCP verifies that you have sufficient capacity available to meet the capacity requirements for your master schedules. Typically there is an application that implement these processes. Marketing/sales … Read more

DuPont merges and acquisitions

Following-up merge and acquisitions done by DuPont 1999 March: DuPont acquires Pioneer, $7.7 Billion 2011 January: DuPont Acquires Enzyme Maker Danisco for $5.8 Billion. Danisco produces and sells food ingredients and industrial bioproducts primarily in Europe, North America, Latin America, and the Asia. July: DuPont acquires Innovalight. Innovalight develops silicon ink, licensed to solar cell … Read more