Blog

5 Ways to Increase Manufacturing Productivity with an MES

In order to remain competitive, manufacturers need to maintain high manufacturing productivity – or high revenue generated per employee. Most methods of improving productivity begin with a thorough analysis of a company’s systems and manufacturing processes, to eliminate waste and optimise the value-adding processes. Eliminate wasteful processes. Systemise what’s left. Automate wherever possible. When it comes to automating processes, a Manufacturing Execution System (MES) can help. A good MES can automate the manual decision making, data collection and process instructions, that have previously been paper-driven or controlled using a variety of separate IT systems. View Our Paperless MES Software Tascus […] Read more

Digitalising Manufacturing

At the end of last month, Martin visited the Manufacturing Technology Centre in Coventry for a Digitalising Manufacturing Conference. During the two-day conference, he had the chance to discuss the benefits that digital manufacturing can bring to manufacturing businesses, and some of the roadblocks to its full adoption in the UK. Impact of Digital Manufacturing Carlos Lopez Gomez discussed the results of an Innovate UK funded study into the impacts of Digital Manufacturing globally. The study is aiming to collect and analyse evidence on the potential improvements from digital manufacturing. Most predictions of improved manufacturing productivity have focussed on expected, […] Read more

Smart Factory Expo 2018

The countries’ largest digital manufacturing show – Smart Factory Expo, took place last week at the Exhibition Centre in Liverpool. The Smart Factory Expo is part of ‘Digital Manufacturing Week’ – the UK’s showcase for the Fourth Industrial Revolution. It brings together expertise, ideas and opportunities in all aspects of manufacturing operations with exhibition floor presentations and drop-in advisory clinics, throughout six dedicated exhibition zones – Industrial Automation, Internet of Things, Digital Transformation, Smart Factory, Manufacturing Innovation, Industrial Data. Running through the entire exhibition was ‘Innovation Alley’ – a showcase for manufacturing tech start-ups, ensuring that the whole 4IR ecosystem is represented. Exhibitors had […] Read more

LabVIEW Web Vis

Modern Business Need Data Across the Organisation Web interfaces to engineering software applications is a key requirement of modern applications. Control, test and monitoring applications that perform specific tasks in an engineering business, used to focus on that task and store their data locally. The primary user of the application would benefit from the tasks performed and the data acquired.  However, other stakeholders in the business would find it difficult to access this information. One of the main benefits of Industry 4.0 is the free availability of manufacturing data throughout an organisation, to aid decision making at all levels. For […] Read more

New MES Features to Improve Manufacturing Productivity and Quality

We’ve had a busy couple of months at Metis Automation developing new MES features for our flagship paperless manufacturing software product Tascus. In January, we began a series of customer interviews to get feedback on what features we could add that would bring value to manufacturers. As a result, we have recently added the following features: Display smart work instructions. These can populate with values taken from step measurements. This makes it easier for your production operators to follow complex work instructions and reduces the chance of errors. Display work instructions with CAD models. This means that you can cut out […] Read more

Metis Automation Presents at IIoT Roadshow

Martin Griffiths, Technical Director at Metis Automation presented at a recent National Instruments Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) Roadshow at the Manufacturing Technology Centre (MTC) Coventry. Throughout the day, presenters from National Instruments introduced the Industrial Internet of Things, covering the following topics: Data acquisition and data processing at the edge. Control. Communication & security. Data management & visualisation. Machine learning. They also gave interesting case studies of how companies such as Jaguar Land Rover and China Steel, carried out IIoT strategies and are measuring ROI. Improving Manufacturing Productivity and Quality with the IIoT Martin outlined his views on how manufacturers […] Read more

Made in The North West Awards

Metis Automation has been shortlisted for the prestigious Made in the North West Awards. The awards are a celebration of all that is great about manufacturing. They applaud the use of technology, the ambition to export and also, the motivation to train and invest in people. Furthermore, they are a showcase for the North West region and its diverse manufacturing industries. Metis Automation has been nominated for the Digital Engineering/Technology Award for our paperless manufacturing MES software product Tascus. A panel of industry judges will vote on the nominees and the winners will be announced on Thursday 10 May 2018 at The Lowry Hotel in […] Read more

February 2018 LabVIEW User Group Review

Metis Automation hosted the North West LabVIEW User Group at sensor City Liverpool on February 5th, 2018. During this fun and educational event LabVIEW developers from all over the North West met to discuss their current challenges and learn from the sessions. Time Critical Communications for Industrial Robotics Peter Whiteley, Metis Automation presented a fascinating session about the progression of a project involving remote control of an industrial robot. He explained how the software had developed to meet harsh environmental challenges found when operating the robot in remote areas. He explained the solution that we finally implemented involved using UDP […] Read more

New Website Published

Metis Automation have built our expertise developing custom software solutions to improve product quality and manufacturing process.  With an increasing focus on Industry 4.0, we have updated our vision and published a new website to make it easier for customers to showcase our manufacturing products. Our revised vision is to develop cutting-edge software that enables manufacturers to reduce costs and increase profits. We achieve this by improving product performance, cutting defects, increasing productivity and reducing downtime. What We Do Metis Automation develops error proofing software and solutions for discrete manufacturers. Software that integrates with production processes using sensors, smart tools, PLC’s, robotics […] Read more

Metis Automation to Present at NI IIoT Roadshow

Metis Automation will present practical case studies and experiences of implementing IIoT and Industry 4.0 projects at this free one-day educational seminar hosted by National Instruments. The event will be on 28 March 2018 from 08:30 – 16:30 at Coventry Manufacturing Technology Centre. Event Details This event is for engineers and engineering managers with an interest in implementing an IIoT solution. Implementing the Industrial Internet of Things and achieving its benefits can’t be done alone. No single engineer has all the answers, and no one vendor has all the tools. But, through collaboration, the IIoT’s promises of increased uptime, enhanced […] Read more