Brooks, AssurX partner on manufacturing execution, quality management

Chelmsford, MA—Brooks Software and AssurX Inc. have formed a joint development agreement to create an integrated manufacturing execution and quality management solution for discrete manufacturers.


Chelmsford, MA— Brooks Software and AssurX Inc. have formed a joint development agreement to create an integrated manufacturing execution and quality management solution for discrete manufacturers. Brooks will resell AssurX's CATSWeb non-conformance, corrective and preventive action (NC/CAPA) and compliance applications, and will use CATSWeb components in solutions for discrete manufacturers. Both firms also will conduct joint marketing activities. Brooks Software is a division of Brooks Automation Inc., which provides real-time applications for enterprises with collaborative, complex manufacturing operations. AssurX provides enterprise quality systems.

'Newly-enacted federal regulations are driving discrete manufacturers to implement product and process tracking and traceability systems throughout their enterprise,' says Joe Bellini, Brooks’ senior VP. “These systems must be highly adaptive and configurable to meet the unique requirements of each manufacturer. The integration of CATSWeb into the Brooks real-time manufacturing application suite provides real-time visibility, analysis and corrective action for potential quality issues on the manufacturing floor. The solution leverages the strengths of each of our companies, and we look forward to working together to deliver solutions that improve the operational efficiency of our customers.'

Non-conformance, quality management, and compliance with regulatory and quality standards are critical elements for managing operations in a discrete manufacturing environment. Issue management and quality assurance are key extensions to Brooks’ quality suite. Brooks will make the CATSWeb NC/CAPA system a strategic component of its Sense Decide Respond real-time enterprise solution to deliver:

  • An electronic Device History Record (eDHR) solution, targeting regulated manufacturers, including the medical device and aerospace and defense industries.

  • A comprehensive quality management application, which delivers AssurX's NC/CAPA capabilities integrated with Brooks' online statistical process control (SPC), engineering data analysis (EDA), out-of-control action plans (OCAP), and automated exception management applications.

  • A fully integrated application uniting Brooks' Factoryworks3 manufacturing execution system (MES) with CATSWeb to enable real-time execution control linked with process and product quality management targeted at semiconductor, high tech, automotive and aerospace & defense manufacturers.

'The dual pressures of increased regulation and need to reduce warranty costs make the combination of MES with NC/CAPA a business necessity for today's discrete manufacturers,' says Sal Lucido, AssurX’s product development VP. 'Today, superior quality control is no longer simply an issue of good customer service. It impacts the bottom line and ultimate viability of manufacturers in highly competitive markets. We’re pleased to unite our CATSWeb product with a number of Brooks Software products, including Factgoryworks, the industry's leading MES. Together we can provide low-cost, easy-to-implement solutions that comply with mandated regulations, giving discrete manufacturers the competitive advantage they need to lead their markets.'

Control Engineering Daily News Desk
Jim Montague, news editor

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