SunPower Corp. has selected Ingres Corp., a provider of open-source database management software and support services, to support its solar manufacturing operations.
SunPower, which specializes in solar cells, panels, roof tiles and multi-megawatt solar power systems, will use Ingres technology to boost three mission-critical applications, including its manufacturing execution system (MES). The MES manages all of SunPower's production lines within its factories in the U.S. and Europe.
Ingres' solutions will also support SunPower's cell test application (to test data from finished products) and its statistical process control application, which provides process control capability and analysis to the factories.
SunPower says it also plans to implement the Ingres Icebreaker BI Appliance to enhance operational reporting, provide staff with critical data analysis capabilities, and implement dashboards and other real-time indicators for executive management.
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