ClearOrbit Adds Manufacturing Execution to ERP Systems with Quality Control Suite

Auto industry supplier ArvinMeritor taps new solution to automate component verification for vehicle assembly

Auto industry supplier ArvinMeritor taps new solution to automate component verification for vehicle assembly

Austin, TX — August 15, 2005 — Supply chain execution (SCE) specialist ClearOrbit has debuted its new quality control solution to add manufacturing execution directly to enterprise resource planning systems, and the company said that auto industry supplier ArvinMeritor has implemented the solution to automate assembly line component verification.

The new Xtended Quality Control (X.QC) solution aims to help manufacturers reduce errors and improve quality by providing shop floor workers an intuitive user interface to direct assembly operations, while controlling key production devices such as programmable logic controllers, torque units, barcode scanners and vision systems.

ClearOrbit said that X.QC, unlike other manufacturing execution system (MES) products, is integrated to the manufacturer's ERP or legacy system, helping to reduce synchronization issues and implementation costs associated with disparate data models.

"Optimizing quality is a critical concern all our customers must address to remain competitive," said Tom Dziersk, president and CEO of ClearOrbit. "X.QC supports our customers' quality initiatives, but like all ClearOrbit products it does so in a way that leverages, not duplicates, their existing enterprise systems."

ArvinMeritor Supports Quality Initiatives

In addition to debuting the new solution, ClearOrbit also announced that automotive parts manufacturer ArvinMeritor has purchased X.QC to automate assembly line component verification within its commercial truck, trailer and specialty original equipment manufacturing operations.

According to ClearOrbit, ArvinMeritor selected X.QC because it offered manufacturing automation capabilities directly integrated to its existing production and inventory control systems.

"ClearOrbit's X.QC is a unique solution that will drive significant value across our global assembly operations," said Jay McLean, vice president for information technology at ArvinMeritor's Commercial Vehicle Systems Group. "Increasing first-pass yield, reducing training costs and maintaining a comprehensive audit trail are all important initiatives addressed by this solution."

McLean added that X.QC's configurable architecture will allow ArvinMeritor to support its quality initiatives across multiple facilities without custom code. "This approach is well aligned with our corporate IT objective of common global processes across our organization," he said.

X.QC comes with pre-built connectors to such enterprise systems such as the Oracle E-Business Suite and SAP R/3. These connectors ensure that the information used to drive the assembly process, such as the bill of materials (BOM), is pulled in real time from the enterprise system, avoiding latency issues and BOM version errors, according to ClearOrbit.

While leveraging the manufacturer's enterprise system, X.QC also offers features to maximize first-pass yield, including an optimized user interface that displays step-by-step assembly instructions with touch screen/large-format navigation; a configurable workflow engine, which allows line engineers to create and modify assembly processes incorporating user input, device control, assembly instructions, data manipulation and error handling; and real-time alerts and reports, which track quality trends and can alert supervisors to deviations and process exceptions.

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