Aerospace Firm Picks MES App for Digital Factory Project

posted on 1/11/2012 4:22:16 PM

EADS subsidiary Astrium will use iBASEt’s Solumina product to help standardize both business and technical processes across multiple manufacturing sites to create a paperless virtual factory.

After a two-year evaluation of competing manufacturing execution software packages, Astrium, a subsidiary of aerospace company EADS, has selected Solumina from iBASEt.

According to the companies, Solumina will help standardize both business and technical processes across manufacturing sites located in France, the U.K., and Germany, as Astrium embarks on its Integrated Production System (IPS) project.

In addition to the integration of Solumina MES with Astrium’s current and future IT architecture, the main goals for the IPS project include the facilitation of data exchange between all entities and all levels of the organization; the capture of complete transactional history and technical data for full product traceability; the ability to provide real-time analysis and feedback; and the enhancement of product quality, cost, and delivery, to accomplish a reasonable return on investment.

The IPS project is also expected to help the space-technologies company move its business into the digital age. "The IPS project will help accomplish our goal of a paperless virtual factory," said Dominique Boueilh, a project manager for Astrium, in a statement. "IPS will improve global collaboration between our manufacturing sites and facilitate the standardization of processes across the enterprise. Additionally, Astrium's Lean continuous-improvement philosophy is fully supported by Solumina."

The size of the deal was not disclosed, but for iBASEt, headquartered in Foothill Ranch, Calif., the Astrium pact could lead to more MES business, according to the company.

"We are extremely pleased to have an enterprise agreement with EADS," said Vic Sial, president of iBASEt. "We are looking forward to expanding our operations in Europe and also working with other EADS companies.”

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