Aegis Software, a provider of Manufacturing Execution Software (MES), announces the availability of FactoryLogix 2020.1. The company continues to deliver unique capabilities for discrete manufacturers to achieve ultimate agility, maximum efficiency, and exceptional customer service. With FactoryLogix 2020.1, Aegis further empowers manufacturers to automatically achieve full personalization and single-piece-flow of even highly complex assemblies without any customization required to the software. Any manufacturer, utilizing FactoryLogix, can now offer fully automated, on-demand personalization, but achieve this with efficiencies previously only possible in high-volume manufacturing of unchanging product types. A distinct competitive advantage for manufacturers considering the market trend toward customers expecting lower prices and yet higher personalization of their products.
It is without a doubt that the trend towards personalized products is permeating every manufacturing industry. In a recent Gartner survey1), “CEOs have recognized that they need to pursue a higher degree and pace of strategic change than a decade ago (87 % for customer-product-centric and 85 % for asset-product-centric respondents to the Gartner 2019 CEO and Senior Business Executive Survey). Personalization is creating more direct interactions with customers, and organizations have already begun pursuing direct sales with customers (56 % of customer-product-centric and 35 % of asset-product-centric respondents to the CEO survey say they have matured or are growing direct sales/disintermediation).”
“This new release is a game-changing moment in the discrete manufacturing industry. For the first time, manufacturers will be able to manufacture products in which each subsequent unit heading down the production lines has unique assembly route steps, operator instructions, measurements, components, and processes and yet the MES system automatically adapts and supports this production without any setup, scripting, coding or configuring, by engineering or IT. The work instructions, quality control, and production process workflows all dynamically and automatically adapt to the requirements each unique piece, simply by electronically intercepting the unique product configuration to be built for that customer. Automate-to-Order is a compelling and powerful capability for manufacturers of any size producing any personalized discrete product. Today, the demand for personalization is pervasive, regardless of the type of product being produced. Until today, with FactoryLogix 2020.1, there wasn’t a software solution on the market that could support this type of on-demand personalization without configuration or coding, or engineering defining a process for each possible permutation in the MES system—which is impractical in all but the most basic personalization scenarios,” stated Jason Spera, CEO, Aegis Software. “Additionally, our expanded capabilities such as Advanced Quarantine are elevating zero-defect quality control to identify, contain, and execute resolution to problem products in the most cost- and time-efficient manner mitigates risk and protects the manufacturer’s brand.”
FactoryLogix 2020.1 delivers enhancements, across the entire platform, below are just a few of the features and benefits offered in this new release:
- Ultimate adaptability & personalization with Automate-to-Order – This is definitely not a typical configure-to-order capability that just changes parts list content with a new order, as legacy MES systems often do. Aegis also has been offering configure-to-order and engineer-to-order capabilities for years. Automate-to-Order takes the concept of configure-to-order to the next level, delivering ultimate automation of completely personalized product manufacturing while requiring zero-coding or configuration. With the Automate-to-Order capability, manufacturers can now effortlessly support mass personalization without increasing lead times, costs, or compromising quality. Manufactures can significantly increase throughput, eliminate waste, drive down costs, and demonstrate distinct value.
- Drive maximum quality & superior customer satisfaction with advanced quarantine – In most high-volume manufacturing environments, product defects may be found after a significant quantity of products has already been produced. These products could be throughout the factories and perhaps even beyond. Manufacturers usually must manually find all of the units that were built using a specific machine, process, or other variables, and this “hunt and gather” process can be slow and often ends without complete assurance that every defective product was identified before leaving the factory. With the addition to FactoryLogix’ end-to-end quality management, Advanced Quarantine provides manufacturers with a vigorous “search, block, and contain” feature that ensures nothing defective leaves the factory floor or continues along the process flow. Manufactures can search by limitless parameters such as by customer, batch, unit serial number, part number material UID, process, operation, assembly line, operator workstation, or time. Then, in a click, they can stop, reroute, or have the system execute any other disposition of those units fully automatically.
- Improve user experience & boost productivity with Productivity Accelerators – FactoryLogix is known for its interface and user experience. This latest version builds upon that history and offers several features that help operators personalize, prioritize, and amplify their operator portal to boost individual performance levels and overall job satisfaction.
FactoryLogix is a holistic and modular platform that delivers leading-edge technology with easily configurable modules to support and execute a discrete manufacturer’s strategy towards Industry 4.0. It manages the entire manufacturing lifecycle: from product launch to material logistics, through manufacturing execution and quality management to powerful analytics and real-time dashboards. This end-to-end platform is helping companies accelerate product introductions, streamline processes, improve quality and traceability, reduce costs, and gain greater visibility for competitive advantage and profitability.
- Gartner “Top 10 Strategic Technology Trends for Manufacturing Industries: Product Personalization,” by Michelle Durest, July 17, 2019.