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Sepasoft MES Solution for Food Processing Facility

POSTED 12/15/2023

Summary

DMC developed a custom Manufacturing Execution System (MES) application for a large manufacturer in the food and beverage industry.  

Solution

Prior to working with DMC, the client’s process was almost entirely manual which made it difficult to capture and analyze production data. To optimize and automate the system, DMC’s team implemented an MES solution that schedules production, gathers and analyzes data, communicates to external systems, and builds custom reports. A mobile-friendly solution was important to the client, so DMC engineers utilized Sepasoft Perspective and Perspective components to develop the system.

DMC began the design process by working closely with the client to determine all requirements for their new system. Once the objectives were fully defined, DMC developed a custom MES using Sepasoft modules. The Sepasoft modules gave DMC the base functionality for the system. DMC’s engineers then customized the modules to fit the client’s specific requirements.

The major functionality of the system is scheduling production runs and tracking data against those runs. This increases the visibility of the production floor and gives the client data that can be used to improve their processes.

To achieve this, the system communicates with a variety of systems including the Ignition SCADA Gateway, WMS, custom vision system (through RESTful APIs), corporate inventory, and line equipment. In total, the system gathers data from 25 lines and collects around 50,000 data points per shift.

The captured data allows the MES to calculate OEE, downtime, production yields, and labor. Personnel from operators to plant managers to the FSQA department can then use these reports to gain greater visibility into production and make informed decisions about their business.  

Customer Benefits

  • Ability to schedule production and clearly communicate production needs to the operations team.
  • Data is tracked against specific production runs and used to analyze what products are running below the expected rate and other potential issues.
  • Custom report generation for inventory tracking, production run OEE downtime, reject, and labor information.
  • Integration with the WMS system, which greatly reduces the number of operators needed to move inventory from production floor to warehouse.
  • Material tracking and transferring between production lines.
  • Ability to view the MES HMI through operator tablets and a wide variety of screen sizes.

Technologies

  • Sepasoft OEE Downtime
  • Sepasoft Track and Trace
  • Sepasoft Web Service
  • Ignition Perspective
  • Ignition Reporting
  • Ignition Tag Historian
  • PostgreSQL

Learn more about DMC's MES expertise and contact us for your next project.