Houston, Texas – May 4, 2009 – Performix Inc., the provider of next generation manufacturing execution, recipe management, and batch solutions for the chemical and pharmaceutical industries, today announced the Performix xMES®® Next Generation User Interface (UI) for plant floor operator execution. Designed with industry leading Rich Internet Application (RIA) technology and the flexibility to integrate data from existing business systems, plant floor devices and the Performix xMES®® solution, the Performix xMES® Next Generation UI is revolutionizing the advancement of MES technology and what it can do for today’s manufacturers.
Performix also announced today its’ plans for SAPPHIRE 2009 in Orlando which includes the sponsorship of the SAP Process Industry booth, a joint presentation on Thursday with Dow Corning on “Leveraging SAP Solutions for Next-Generation Manufacturing at Dow Corning” and a demonstration of the Performix xMES® Solution, including the new UI, in the Performix Booth #541.
A global leader in silicones and high purity silicon metal technology, Dow Corning was tasked with the challenge of identifying a standard architecture to move their global manufacturing sites from manual, paper-based run sheet systems to a truly automated end-to-end execution and run sheet lifecycle system. After evaluating different options, Dow Corning chose Performix’s xMES solution and worked closely with them through the Next Generation UI development process.
“We had a set of defined goals when we were looking for an MES solution that would get us to the Next Generation for manufacturing. It had to be much more than just paper on glass, with an unprecedented level of integration across traditional boundaries,” said Keith Carey, Manufacturing Operations Automation Manager for Dow Corning. “We knew we had to get the user interface right. Our key focus was to implement a compelling UI that would provide our operators real-time access to key information during the manufacturing execution process providing the business visibility needed to make better business decisions - connecting the enterprise to the plant floor. By deploying the Performix xMES® Next Generation UI, we are able to better safeguard our employees, increase operational excellence and productivity performance metrics within our supply chains.”
By leveraging the company’s partnership with Adobe, Performix provides the xMES Next Generation UI utilizing the Adobe Air platform. Now, today’s manufacturers can quickly deploy the solution on existing wireless handheld devices or on an operator’s computer at the plant in a fraction of the time it takes with existing MES solutions. This unprecedented technical flexibility is allowing manufacturers to realize a quicker return on investment than most traditional MES offerings.
Next Generation User Interface Creates New Standard for MES Technology
Designed by operators for operators, the xMES Next Generation UI provides manufacturers a more efficient process to viewing and executing Electronic Work Instructions while allowing users quick access to critical information based on different views provided. Some of the capabilities offered through the xMES Next Generation UI include:
• “At a glance” views for operators into the content and status of current procedures being executed through the default Procedure Dashboard.
• Access to the current path and possible alternative paths that may occur during the execution of a procedure through the Network View or Process Map.
• Presentation of the latest SOP documents, material safety data sheets and data from other business systems at any particular phase view.
• Custom message or pre-canned message attachment capability during execution through the ‘Add Note’ function.
• Plant maintenance order initiation during execution if the operator notices something that requires plant personnel to investigate further.
“We see the Performix xMES® solution as a game changer for Next Generation batch manufacturing,” said Sham Afzalpurkar, president and Chief Executive Officer of Performix. “The xMES Next Generation UI is allowing operators to focus on key tasks with access to valuable information throughout the manufacturing process in a whole new way. They can download a production order, materials and resources, recipes and equipment from SAP ensuring SAP as a ‘single version of the truth’ for manufacturing visibility and control as well as integrate seamlessly with the plant floor to drive operational excellence. The xMES Next Generation UI is yet another proof point of our continued commitment to helping manufacturers achieve their goals and remain competitive in today’s economic environment.”
Next Generation Electronic Work Instructions Leveraging SAP Infrastructure
At SAPPHIRE 2009, Dow Corning will share their experience deploying a next-generation manufacturing execution solution – leveraging SAP solutions – to realize operational excellence. Electronic work instructions (EWI) can have the greatest impact on the productivity of a plant but at the same time is the most complex to deliver. With so many approaches to deploying EWI, this session will offer attendees the opportunity to learn and share best practices for implementing a highly integrated, low cost EWI system.
Who: Keith Carey, Manufacturing Operations Automation Manager, Dow Corning
Sham Afzalpurkar, president and CEO, Performix Inc.
When: SAP Process Mfg Industry Village - Thursday, May 14th at 12:00 pm
Performix, Inc. is a next generation manufacturing execution system (MES) Software Company based in Houston, Texas founded with a charter to develop state-of-the-art solutions and products for the batch process manufacturing industry. The Company’s suite of composite software applications, Performix xMES®, fills the gaps within enterprise systems and completes the MES solution by leveraging existing SAP solutions and manufacturing system infrastructure. Performix offers products for the chemical and pharmaceutical manufacturing industry verticals. Performix’ MES suite of products have been developed by software industry veterans with deep manufacturing industry knowledge. For more information, please visit www.performixinc.com.