The Advantage of an Agile Manufacturing Execution System
The Agile MES connects and tracks parts through the AM production process. Bringing digital planning that match your custom AM workflows multiplies the effectiveness of your engineers and brings agility to your processes. Automation software is critical to scale AM processes without simply adding more manual workers. But don’t take our word for it, the Agile MES is already driving the additive manufacturing workflows at Erpro, who produced over 17,000,000 AM parts in 2017.
AM Part Prioritization for Automatic Build Job Recommendations
As AM applications scale, it becomes increasingly important to use software to automatically recommend efficient production job scheduling. The Agile MES defines potential print jobs based on material, delivery date or priority level without digging through orders, emails and data.
Custom AM Workflows that match Production Processes
Additive Manufacturing has a much longer value chain than just starting a 3D printer. Our software allows customers to define AM workflows that match the exact production and post-processes your company uses to manage AM production.
Those workflows are reused throughout the software to track the various combinations of parts, machines and workstations in order to deliver the right parts at the right quality at the right time. Custom AM workflows are essential to bring agility to your additive manufacturing and improve quality assurance.
Digital Scheduling for Transparent Production Planning
Achieve Transparency with Digital AM Production Planning
As companies continue to add machines, materials, post-processing units, and personnel they ultimately reach the point where digital systems are essential to keep an accurate overview of the production floor. Your team can plan efficiently using print job estimations, post-processing chains, automatic production sheet generation and scheduled downtime.
All changes are instantly visible at the unit, part and order level to increase transparency, improve machine utilization and meet production deadlines.Agile MES Feature: Digital Production Planning
Part Tracking of AM Orders through Production
Track AM Orders throughout Production
The companies that use both our Agile ERP and Agile MES benefit from an integrated software solution that tracks AM parts from order through production. Each unit is tracked as a separate sequence to improve transparency with the progress visible to anyone with access. Production errors can immediately be marked as scrapped and will be cycled back into the scheduling system.Agile MES Feature: Process Monitoring and Controlling
Part Production Sheets Automatically Generated from the Schedule
Additive Manufacturing offers more choice but also more complexity. The Agile MES helps your team manage this complexity with digital and physical part production sheets that are automatically generated based on custom AM workflows, progress of part and the approved workloads for each workstation.
The travelers all include a QR code to quickly jump from the production floor to digital tracking. Production engineers can mark progress, leave digital signatures and comment on production results to leave a clear, searchable auditing trail.
Machine Connectivity with Real-Time Data Input
The Agile MES includes machine connectivity with leading AM machine venders to pull production data directly from machines into the Agile Manufacturing Suite for tracking and analysis.
Since almost all AM services include machines from multiple vendors, all production data is translated to the umati data standard to create a single, real-time production floor overview. This includes custom drivers to translate data from other standards like MTConnect, OPC UA, or dedicated machine languages from specific manufacturers. The result is a complete solution for bidirectional controlling and tracking of production that is built to scale towards automation.
Umati Standard to Manage AM Machine Data
Umati is a modern data standard that is being defined to function with all modern, automated production and post-processing machines. It is based on the long-standing OPC UA format but optimized for data transfer speed, using both read and write capabilities and building a full dictionary to manage current today’s agile production use cases. The group includes leading machine and tooling vendors alongside software teams who immediately validate the available data for automation.
Agile MES Customer Success
Digitization is key for increasing the performance of our Chanel production line. We will use 3YOURMIND like a global ERP to manage the entire workflow at Erpro.