Integration starts with understanding your plant, your people, your goals, your challenges, and your resources. Whether that means delivering a standard off-the-shelf package or creating a custom integrated solution, our team is dedicated to making sure you get the result you need.
One of the most frequently asked questions by manufacturers is “How well is my equipment running?”. This metric, referred to as Overall Equipment Effectiveness (OEE), is most reliable when based on data collected automatically from the equipment. When real-time, reliable data such as production counts, scrap values, and downtime are tracked, you start to get a detailed picture of exactly how efficiently your equipment is running. You also start to pinpoint where bottlenecks are forming in the process. Flexware can help you create accurate, reliable OEE solutions so you can finally say “I know how well my equipment is running!”, allowing you to focus on what is next.
Custom MES Solutions
Every manufacturer in every industry uses some sort of manufacturing execution system, or MES, to manage, systematize, and automate their manufacturing process. However, each manufacturer has unique characteristics and complexities that might require a custom-tailored solution designed to meet their specific needs. Flexware specializes in the development of these custom MES solutions, designing each one to meet the manufacturer’s unique constraints today, while still being flexible enough to adapt to the changing needs of tomorrow.
Rapid Application Development
For customers looking to prototype an idea to demonstrate benefits and/or test out capabilities, choosing the right technology platform can make all the difference. One of the most powerful and cost-effective products in this space is Ignition by Inductive Automation. Using Ignition, our Integration team can rapidly prototype your solution, allowing you to make strategic decisions quickly, confidently, and cost-effectively.
Technology Platform Integration
Today’s manufacturing companies find themselves at varied levels of maturity when it comes to automating their processes and systems. Whether you’ve invested in a particular technology platform and need help with implementation or enhancements, or need to integrate multiple technology platforms, our “technology agnostic” philosophy means we have the talent and experience to help you take those platforms to the next level.
Manufacturing IT Roadmap
Many of your day-to-day manufacturing IT challenges can be solved by a wide range of systems integrators, but sometimes you need help planning for the long run. That’s where Flexware can help. By combining our deep expertise with a thorough understanding of your operation, your facility, and your people, we can help you map out a manufacturing IT roadmap that keeps you on the path to continued, future success.
AGV / Mobile Robot Integration
More and more manufacturers are automating the movement of products and materials within facilities by using automated guided vehicles (AGVs), or mobile robots. While AGVs are typically equipped with systems that control movement within a facility, they lack integration into existing material handling and inventory management systems, limiting their ability to dispatch the right vehicle to the right location at the right time. That’s where Flexware comes in. We can help you create a complete, fully-integrated material handling solution that helps you get the most from your AGVs.
Shop Floor Visualization
Today’s manufacturers are seeking solutions that provide instant visibility into their manufacturing operations, allowing them to identify problem areas and drive continuous improvement. And they want to be able to access this data on many different devices, from phones to tablets to large-screen TV displays. Flexware can provide a full-spectrum solution to help you collect, visualize, and display the right data, in the right format, to the right people in your manufacturing areas.
Cloud Integration / IoT
Cloud and IoT are more than buzzwords to Flexware, as we utilize cloud platforms and IoT concepts in various capacities for many of our projects. We have experience implementing offerings such as Azure IoT hub, a cloud-management service for IoT edge devices, and AWS ECS Clustering, a cloud solution to deploy a cluster of virtual machines that scales based on demand. We work hard to stay on the bleeding edge of emerging technologies so that you don’t have to, allowing you to focus on running your business.
Services and Solutions
- Manufacturing Execution Systems (MES)
- Management of Resources
- Collection of Production Data (process data, equipment status, material lot information, production logs)
- Track and Trace
- Work Instructions
- Real-Time Dashboards
- SCADA Development
- Mobile Data Solutions
- Machine Learning
- Consulting and Data Preparation