Streamlining Manufacturing for Industry 4.0
Mitchell Gracie posted on February 14, 2019 |

Siemens’ Camstar and Mentor’s Valor are to be integrated together in search for a single software solution. Be it product lifecycle management (PLM), enterprise resource planning (ERP) or shop floor execution, the Camstar Electronics Suite—according to Siemens and Mentor—makes available the avenues for data to move and be shared, optimizing quality and new product introduction (NPI) processes and time-to-market. (Image courtesy of Siemens’ PLM Software.)
Siemens’ Camstar and Mentor’s Valor are to be integrated together in search for a single software solution. Be it product lifecycle management (PLM), enterprise resource planning (ERP) or shop floor execution, the Camstar Electronics Suite—according to Siemens and Mentor—makes available the avenues for data to move and be shared, optimizing quality and new product introduction (NPI) processes and time-to-market. (Image courtesy of Siemens’ PLM Software.)

An announcement from Siemens last month introduced its Camstar Electronics Suite software. The portfolio is a manufacturing execution system (MES) for electronics. According to Siemens, this new MES allows services such as traceability, improvements in efficiency and controlling manufacturing operations and physical assets via the connectivity that the Internet of Things (IoT) offers. The services are said to deliver for machines and production lines alike.

“Siemens made an important step toward helping electronics manufacturers improve operations performance when they acquired Camstar,” said Greg Gorbach, vice president, digitization and IoT, ARC Advisory Group, “but by adding capabilities from Mentor’s Valor Electronics Manufacturing Solutions software, they can now drive a new level of productivity, throughput and quality for both PCB, mechanical and box-build manufacturing.”

According to Siemens, its Camstar Electronics Suite creates a true digital thread that puts electronics companies on its shoulders to help manufacturers greet Industry 4.0 in grace.

Leveraging IoT for PLM

IoT connectivity closes an analytic loop between engineering and factory floors. Siemens said that this enables quicker responses and solutions to remediate problems as they arise in real-time. This should allow for shorter production lifecycles and better prototyping and quality assurance.

“With Mentor’s Valor edge data acquisition technology and tight integration with Teamcenter to support a robust digital twin and digital thread, the Camstar Electronics Suite now enables customers in the electronics industry to rapidly adapt to design changes and speed production by directly connecting with specialized machines and production lines,” Gorbach said.

Inpursuit of innovation and expanding today’s digital twins, Siemens PLM Software is pushing to grow its digital innovation platform. Its hope is that its manufacturing operations management (MOM) software, combined with Mentor’s technology, will create an opportunity to ensure that the mechatronics manufacturing process is covered end-to-end.

“The Camstar Electronics Suite introduces a layer of value that we could never reach with our existing set of disconnected tools, even with custom integration. Furthermore, the inclusion of Valor IoT data acquisition in the suite has drastically simplified the deployment across our assembly lines,” said Hermann Kraus, MES project lead at Siemens Fürth.

Having already taken its first steps toward implementation by optimizing the flow of material with Valor Material Management, Siemens is preparing itself for what’s next.

“We are currently introducing the second step that will deliver a true one-stop-shop solution for Electronics Manufacturing management, covering all process areas and integrated with PLM and ERP,” Kraus said.

René Wolf, senior vice president of Manufacturing Operations Management for Siemens PLM Software, was excited about the collaboration, claiming it “fortifies [their] leadership as industry trendsetters.”

“In an era where mass customization and rapid time-to-market determine the ability of electronics companies to succeed, manufacturing processes must be flexible and smart enough to accommodate rapid change in product requirements while optimizing production efficiency and improving the overall product quality.”

While consumer IoT is great for observing and optimizing processes in the household, the industry has its eyes keenly locked to see which services will best cut costs and improve time-to-market. With Research Nester’s projection that IoT is set to be a $724 billion industry by 2023, it is no wonder that so many companies are collaborating to produce cutting-edge PLM software for manufacturers and grab onto market share while they have the chance.


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