PEER FACTORY® is a collection of feature sets for building a custom factory automation solution, like a Manufacturing Execution System (MES). Our software engineers combine the feature sets to design custom solutions to meet unique manufacturing requirements.
We utilize PEER FACTORY’s framework of proven components developed from years of successful high-technology automation projects to tailor a solution that meets your exact needs. PEER Group’s experienced automation software engineers typically build the system per customer specification: tool connectivity, data management, user interface development, and information delivery to ERP and other corporate systems.
PEER FACTORY is scalable; you can start with a simple data collection system for a single tool or device, then grow this solution into a full-scale manufacturing IT system using the same common robust architecture. You simply add PEER FACTORY components as required to reflect your expanding automation requirements.
PEER FACTORY addresses the needs of advanced manufacturers in the key areas of data collection, performance monitoring, process execution, and process control, along with asset management. It is ideally suited for new and fast-moving technology industries such as thin-film solar, LED, compound semiconductor, and high-performance batteries.
World-class manufacturers must determine which path to follow when deciding on a factory IT solution that will provide an edge in an ever more competitive manufacturing environment. On one side, there are enterprise solutions that promise a wide array of functionality and market leadership. On the other side, there are SCADA/HMI products that claim wide install bases and ease of deployment. In both cases, there are no dominant players or out-of-the-box solutions with a one size fits all approach. Solutions must reflect unique customer needs while balancing ease of use against reliability in the harsh environments that manufacturing presents to IT solutions.
Enterprise applications lack the ability to connect to equipment. Their large code bases and intricately interdependent modules do not readily adapt to the wide variety of data sources often found in manufacturing operations. This often results in situations where the investment of the enterprise system is not fully realized due to additional manual operations that are required to collect and disperse data. SCADA/HMI toolkits work well in small deployments, but lack the ability to scale and facilitate complicated business functions, such as routing, WIP tracking and recipe management. The result is the creation of large amounts of custom code being implemented via proprietary scripting languages that are not up to the task of complex business functions and 24×7 manufacturing operations.
PEER FACTORY® combines the strengths of both enterprise and SCADA/HMI MES products while minimizing associated risks and costs. Our proven, field-ready modules are deployed as required instead of being bundled with unwanted modules within a larger IT system. Building upon the core foundation of data collection and data management, functional modules are implemented easily and robustly. Configuration drives the data collection and distribution and the standard PEER FACTORY modules perform specific business functions to monitor or run your facility.