Brooks Updates Manufacturing Execution System Software Suite

Upgraded MES modules intended to improve plant floor operations and lower total cost of ownership

  • Work Order Management — Allows manufacturers to create a production work order directly from customer order information contained in the enterprise resource planning (ERP) system. When used in conjunction with the Brooks Enterprise Interoperability Hub (EI Hub), the Work Order Management module maintains real-time connectivity to the ERP system.

  • Manufacturing Bill of Materials (MBOM) — Defines where the parts will be consumed in the manufacturing process (the build profile), stores as-built configurations (ABC) and tracks the entire component genealogy through the manufacturing process.

  • Inventory Management — Allows the ERP system to pass bills-of-material to the MES, thereby eliminating duplicate manual entry. The inventory module tracks consumable material on the shop floor and provides functions such as receive, reserve, reclaim, scrap and replenish to assist manufacturing in making operations run more efficiently.

  • Nonconformance for Manufacturing — Creates issues and tracks all nonconforming work in process (WIP), inventory and MBOM throughout the manufacturing process. A Web-based client with a workflow engine allows operators to place material on hold until a disposition is issued.

  • Business Objects Reporting — This release of FACTORYworks incorporates upgraded reporting functionality through the integration of Business Objects technology. The Web-based reporting tool allows users to create detailed, drill-down reports based on their top key performance indicators (KPIs). The reporting data warehouse is optimized for reports and is isolated from the production database so reporting does not compromise MES server performance.

  • Enterprise Interoperability Hub (EI Hub) — Brooks MES exchanges data between the enterprise and the MES using a real-time event driven approach. The EI Hub improves the coordination of planning and scheduling with plant floor assets for better utilization of capacity and more accurate manufacturing status. The EI Hub also provides improvements in functional areas such as configuration, production run-time data, work-order management, as-built configuration, nonconformance archives, equipment repair history and product costs.

  • JMS Message Bus — FACTORYworks now incorporates an industry standard message bus based on JMS, which reduces the costs of integrating disparate systems through its open standard interface and supports existing IT systems and new technologies such as J2EE and .NET.

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