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View the Shop Floor More Clearly with High-Visibility Solutions


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Manufacturing Engineering: What are companies look- ing for in manufacturing execution systems [MES] software? Pam Bednar: When we talk to manufacturers, we start by working to understand the challenges they are having that are leading them toward a new MES system. By defi nition, MES covers a lot of ground and in many cases, there are specifi c issues manufacturers are trying to resolve that may or may not be specifi cally addressed through a traditional MES system. For example, in recent discussions with manufacturers looking for MES solutions, we’ve heard the need for end- to-end visibility; enhanced traceability; adaptive production planning and scheduling; inventory down-sizing [or right-siz- ing], real-time machine status and more. I recently spoke with a technology manager at a winery looking for better quality, traceability and execution tools to support new compliance regulations in the wine and beer industries. I also spoke with an electronics manufacturer with several contract manufac- turers around the globe in desperate need of better visibility up and down their supply chain. Addressing these issues


doesn’t require an entire new MES; just certain capabili- ties within a typical MES. The Synchrono Demand-Driven Manufacturing Platform offers MES capabilities, but we do so through a collection of solutions that can be installed collec- tively or individually, based on the needs of the manufacturer. There’s no doubt manufacturing and technology are merging like never before. The cloud, IIoT [Industrial Internet of Things], visualization systems and more are aiding manu-


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facturers who are looking to innovate and work smarter in the midst of increasing complexities and competitive pressure. Newer MES and production technologies certainly support requirements for more connected, fl exible and scalable solu- tions. And newer technologies empower manufacturers to pay only for the capabilities they really need. ME: Your SyncView software gives visual insight on what’s happening on the factory fl oor. Describe how it works. John Maher: In speaking with manufacturers across in- dustries and across the globe, we hear a common theme: a lack of visibility. As a visual information system developed for manufacturers, SyncView works to uniquely address visibility and communication challenges by enabling quick access to data, from any source, and providing easy, self-service tools that anyone can use to create dashboards [or what we call visualizations] without intervention from the IT team. A big part of the visibility issue stems from the inability to access data when, where, and by whom it’s needed. One client told us that they have multiple data warehouses that are inef-


“As a visual information system developed for manufacturers, SyncView works to uniquely address visibility and communication challenges by enabling quick access to data, from any source.”


fective because they can’t get at the right data when they need it. Another manufacturer we are working with has over 200 disparate databases. SyncView is ripe for both environments as anything that collects data can be connected to SyncView, in- cluding machines, tools, enterprise systems and point solutions. Once a data source is connected to SyncView, users can


create visualizations using natural language queries and con- ditional [if, then] statements. They also assign color codes


Vice President, Marketing


Synchrono Inc. (St. Paul, MN) www.synchrono.com


John Maher VP, Product Strategy


Synchrono Inc. (St. Paul, MN) www.synchrono.com


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