Applied Materials Inc. has launched Applied SmartFactory manufacturing execution system (MES) software. According to the company, the product is an affordable, out-of-the-box factory automation solution to track and streamline the flow of materials throughout a manufacturing facility.
Designed to help accelerate the production ramp of emerging technologies in solar and other sectors, SmartFactory can be deployed in less than 60 days to improve product quality, boost productivity and cut operational costs. SmartFactory is also the first MES available with integrated advanced process control capability, enabling customers to achieve higher and more consistent factory output, Applied Materials says.
Based on Applied's FAB300 MES technology, the SmartFactory system features pre-built, technology-specific scenarios to monitor every machine and all work-in-progress material movements, manage production sequencing, create an audit trail and deliver instructions to shop floor workers via a consistent, task-focused graphical user interface. The SmartFactory system's optional APC module uses Applied E3 technology to interface directly with production equipment, enabling real-time, run-to-run process tuning and fault detection and classification.
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SOURCE: Applied Materials