The right system: Infotainment specialist Harrman/Becker tunes global operations with MES

After successful deployments in several Asian plants—as well as a new product introduction facility in Farmington Hills, Mich.— auto infotainment system maker Harman/Becker reports it chose the right manufacturing execution system. But Harman/Becker didn't just stumble into the right solution. It referred to Manufacturing Enterprise Solutions Association (MESA) reports for an independent assessment of which system best met its needs. 

02/29/2008


The ability to conduct real-time statistical process control across multiple facilities—and easy integration with the SAP ERP suite—led Harman/Becker Automotive Systems to make Visiprise Manufacturing its corporate-wide standard manufacturing execution system (MES).

After deploying the solution in several Asian plants—as well as a new product introduction facility in Farmington Hills, Mich.—Harman/Becker reports it made the right decision. Future plans include rollouts in

“Visiprise Manufacturing allows us to maintain a single system that collects critical manufacturing data, streamlines our quality initiatives, and enhances our visibility into manufacturing operations," says Will Bollinger, director of advanced electronics manufacturing at Harman/Becker.

But Harman/Becker, a division of Harman International , didn’t just stumble into the right solution. It compiled a list of 88 key characteristics it wanted in an MES. It then referred to Manufacturing Enterprise Solutions Association (MESA) reports for an independent assessment of which system best met those criteria.

"Visiprise has built a very strong relationship with Harman/Becker by working closely with them to understand their strategic objectives and to provide a solution that helps meet these objectives," says Sean McCloskey, CEO, Visiprise. "The international adoption of Visiprise Manufacturing is a true testimonial to how, as partners, we can address manufacturing operations and ultimately drive a solid ROI for Harman/Becker."

Visiprise and SAP have long been strategic partners, but last year the companies took steps to make that relationship even closer. In June, SAP said it would begin reselling the Visiprise Manufacturing product under the name “SAP Manufacturing Execution by Visiprise.”

This solution provides powerful route enforcement, traceability, and shop-floor execution capabilities. It integrates with the SAP ERP suite through the SAP Manufacturing Integration and Intelligence (SAP MII) composite application.

In January of this year, Visiprise and SAP announced an agreement that calls for Tata Consultancy to work with manufacturers to install and maintain SAP Manufacturing Execution by Visiprise.

The companies said their collaborative efforts will be part of a “perfect plant” initiative. This program is to be built around a Perfect Plant center of excellence—a virtual manufacturing scenario lab to be operated by a global "virtual team" from TCS and SAP. The center of excellence was conceived to help manufacturers achieve the perfect plant by combining global manufacturing coordination with local execution to improve end-to-end manufacturing operations and financial performance, according to SAP and TCS executives.





No comments
The Engineers' Choice Awards highlight some of the best new control, instrumentation and automation products as chosen by...
Each year, a panel of Control Engineering editors and industry expert judges select the System Integrator of the Year Award winners.
Control Engineering Leaders Under 40 identifies and gives recognition to young engineers who...
Learn more about methods used to ensure that the integration between the safety system and the process control...
Adding industrial toughness and reliability to Ethernet eGuide
Technological advances like multiple-in-multiple-out (MIMO) transmitting and receiving
Virtualization advice: 4 ways splitting servers can help manufacturing; Efficient motion controls; Fill the brain drain; Learn from the HART Plant of the Year
Two sides to process safety: Combining human and technical factors in your program; Preparing HMI graphics for migrations; Mechatronics and safety; Engineers' Choice Awards
Detecting security breaches: Forensic invenstigations depend on knowing your networks inside and out; Wireless workers; Opening robotic control; Product exclusive: Robust encoders
The Ask Control Engineering blog covers all aspects of automation, including motors, drives, sensors, motion control, machine control, and embedded systems.
Join this ongoing discussion of machine guarding topics, including solutions assessments, regulatory compliance, gap analysis...
News and comments from Control Engineering process industries editor, Peter Welander.
IMS Research, recently acquired by IHS Inc., is a leading independent supplier of market research and consultancy to the global electronics industry.
This is a blog from the trenches – written by engineers who are implementing and upgrading control systems every day across every industry.
Anthony Baker is a fictitious aggregation of experts from Callisto Integration, providing manufacturing consulting and systems integration.
Integrator Guide

Integrator Guide

Search the online Automation Integrator Guide
 

Create New Listing

Visit the System Integrators page to view past winners of Control Engineering's System Integrator of the Year Award and learn how to enter the competition. You will also find more information on system integrators and Control System Integrators Association.

Case Study Database

Case Study Database

Get more exposure for your case study by uploading it to the Control Engineering case study database, where end-users can identify relevant solutions and explore what the experts are doing to effectively implement a variety of technology and productivity related projects.

These case studies provide examples of how knowledgeable solution providers have used technology, processes and people to create effective and successful implementations in real-world situations. Case studies can be completed by filling out a simple online form where you can outline the project title, abstract, and full story in 1500 words or less; upload photos, videos and a logo.

Click here to visit the Case Study Database and upload your case study.