iTAC Software AG appraises MES market developments in advance of the IPC APEX EXPO

  iTAC Software AG appraises MES market developments in advance of the IPC
  APEX EXPO

 German MES manufacturer at the electronics industry exhibition in San Diego

APEX EXPO 2013

Business Wire

DERNBACH, Germany -- January 24, 2013

The electronic industry’s efforts to improve manufacturing quality and
production output owe much of their success to MES manufacturers. Whereas the
focus in the past was on pure traceability, additional measures are necessary
today to satisfy the highest quality requirements and deliver maximum benefit
to customers. The iTAC.MES.Suite is a high performance 24/7 MES solution that
is tailored to the electronic industry's requirements, supporting zero PPM
production objectives. iTAC will be demonstrating the iTAC.MES.Suite at IPC
APEX Expo in San Diego (Hall B2, Booth #1947) from February 19 to 21.

In the past, traceability simply involved the storage of production relevant
data to enable the precise identification of defective products in recall
campaigns. Today, a modern MES has to satisfy a far more complex range of
traceability requirements. Real-time production monitoring and control is
facilitated on the basis of traceability data and, thanks to active
traceability (process interlocking), it’s practically impossible to
manufacture defective products. Optimum planning, control and process
efficiency have to be guaranteed along the entire supply chain, so cloud
capability with 24/7 availability is absolutely essential to cross-plant M2M
communication.

From supply chain traceability to standards compliance

It’s practical to opt for an MES software that unites all these functions yet
can also be adapted to the specific requirements of companies such as Audi,
Autoliv, Hella, HBPO, Johnson Controls, Lear Corporation, Magna, Schneider
Electric, Siemens, VW and the like. iTAC’s MES provides these customers with
standards compliance, accessibility, excellent performance, active
traceability and numerous other functions such as supply chain traceability,
roll-out capability and high availability that set it apart from other
solutions in the MES market. While clearly capable of meeting the needs of a
single plant, it is designed to enable the efficient and reliable
implementation of global infrastructure projects.

Many other MES providers can deliver systems that bridge the gap between
production machines, ERP systems and quality systems. "However, the majority
of them are traditional, location-based MES solutions. Many manufacturing
execution systems were designed for local use at one single production
facility, so they have no high availability middleware to support functional
evolution, for example, in order to meet Industry 4.0 requirements," explained
Peter Bollinger, COO of iTAC Software AG.

Modern machine interfaces can only be built and operated on the basis of a
standardized and efficient middleware like iTAC.ARTES. Outdated machine
interfaces, on the other hand, are maintenance-intensive and negatively
influence operating speed. An MES without efficient middleware has a negative
impact on productivity, leading to reduced output and quality problems.
"Several MES manufacturers still have some catching up to do in these areas.
We have to keep pace with the times and cater to global supply chain
requirements and the resulting cloud-based MES trend."

Contact:

iTAC Software AG
Michael Fischer
-Head of Marketing/Communications-
+49-(0)26 02-10 65-217
michael.fischer@itac.de
www.itacsoftware.com