Epicor Software Corporation, a global provider of business software solutions for retail, manufacturing, distribution, and services organisations, has announced availability of its next-generation Epicor Mattec manufacturing execution system (MES) featuring a new high-performance embedded human machine interface (HMI) to support improved shop floor operator productivity and responsiveness.
The new embedded shop floor HMI gives manufacturers the ability to connect, manage and monitor processes and systems via any browser-enabled computing device. The result is greater shop floor insight through real-time visibility with metrics, machine status, instructions, alerts and notifications to keep plant operators, management, and engineering apprised of all manufacturing operations.
Supporting an exceptional out-of-the-box experience with no software to load, the new interface enables shop floor personnel to effortlessly manage the plant with maximum efficiency and responsiveness. Ease of access to critical information reduces or eliminates the risk of non-compliance, while improving reliability, process efficiencies and availability and production throughput.
Given the continued adoption of mobility and bring your own device (BYOD), today's manufacturing workforce expects to access data anytime, anywhere. The new Epicor Mattec MES embedded shop floor HMI reduces training and deployment time, enables manufactures to expand mobile operations, and accommodate the wide variety of devices in use today on the shop floor, while supporting the needs and expectations of today's uber-connected next-generation employee.
The solution can be configured to meet specific needs via configurable metrics and charts and through connection to external web services or sites. Manufacturers also can incorporate embedded context-based videos, PDF files, and personalised information panels, supporting the move to a paperless shop floor environment. Featuring pre-built, best practice workflows for standard shop floor operations, additional workflows and rich content can also be added to improve operator and maintenance responsiveness, and to lower downtime associated with maintenance, changeovers, setup and increase shop flow productivity.
"The adoption of industrial software solutions continues to be driven by consumer trends such as BYOD, Internet of Things, simple customisation and pervasive analytics," said Tom Muth, senior manager, product marketing, Epicor MES. "Manufacturers expect the same flexibility and user experience on the plant floor, but with reliability, security and real-time performance required for industrial environments. The new Epicor Mattec MES embedded shop floor HMI improves operator productivity, mobility, and effectiveness on the shop floor with greater flexibility to deploy the system that best meets the needs of manufacturers and their customers."
Mattec MES for Enhanced Productivity and Responsiveness
Epicor Mattec MES is an out-of-the-box configurable MES solution designed to meet the operational challenges in manufacturing including the rubber and plastics, metals and automotive industries. The solution offers a comprehensive set of MES capabilities for production scheduling, machine operation and maintenance, quality management, and real-time analytics to monitor machines and analyze machine-related data such as overall equipment effectiveness (OEE), run rates, scrap, yield, and energy consumption. The system captures data directly from machines and operators, and delivers real-time production metrics and real-time operations analytics in an easy-to-digest visual manner. Discrete manufacturers use Mattec MES to improve on-time delivery, quality, reduce scrap and boost product throughput, helping them deliver the right product, at the right time, at the right cost.
The system also integrates with Epicor ERP; the integration simplifies deployment and delivers faster time to value so users can quickly unlock the power of a closed-loop enterprise system that connects the top floor to the shop floor in real time. This enables users to better utilize shop floor data that is crucial for improving operational efficiency and maximising profitable manufacturing outcomes.