Wonderware releases updated version of MES Software

Wonderware UK and Ireland has released an updated version of its MES software. The newest version expands existing operations and performance management functionality by adding quality management for sample data collection, statistical process control and quality results monitoring, helping to improve operational efficiency, regulatory compliance and product safety.

Wonderware MES Software 2012 with Quality reduces the cost of quality management while improving regulatory and product safety compliance by capturing complete product, equipment and process-related quality data for both automated and manual operations. The software monitors quality data in near real time so plant operators can respond faster to non-conformance conditions, quality trends and deviations, as well as to take corrective actions that minimise variations and bring quality closer to specifications. It complements existing enterprise quality management systems with sample plan execution automation, higher accuracy in shop-floor quality sample data, integrated statistical process control (SPC) and enhanced work order and operational execution context.

"Wonderware MES 2012 with Quality software integrates manufacturing operations and quality operations in production and addresses a key challenge in synchronising production schedules and the required quality procedures," said Susan Roche, General Manager, Wonderware UK and Ireland.

"Enhancements to the software reduce distracting and difficult-to-manage operator tasks, as well as secure compliance and product safety in ever-changing environments. Integrating systems, data and processes enables better operations management and increases value within manufacturing. We've enhanced our MES software because users demand improved operational efficiency and reduced complexity, which allows them to better manage all their operational activities and improve their overall business performance."

The new features of Wonderware MES 2012 with Quality software build out the quality management capabilities of the original version. The software now enforces manual and automatic data collection and integrates structured sampling plans, as well as includes rigorous SPC. The updated software also allows sampling plans to be dynamically generated, according to current work-order status for products, equipment and operations. Execution of the sample plans can be done according to system quality specifications, and the samples themselves can be automated, from equipment, control systems or instrumentation. SPC trending and charting are available for near real-time quality monitoring, and include notifications of violations of control and specification limits.

"The new feature-rich operations, performance and now quality-management capabilities can be incrementally deployed," Roche said. "Our Wonderware MES software is configurable, providing reusable and sustainable manufacturing operations management solutions with a low total cost of ownership and high return on investment when deployed as an enterprise standard across multiple lines and plants."

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