May 24, 2022 | Karim Sadek
Process Run-Time Predictions
Predictive capabilities for process run-times can be used for operator guidance, resource optimization, and engineering insights.
February 16, 2022 | Jim Connett
The Tribal Knowledge Pandemic
The importance of carefully documenting manufacturing processes can’t be understated. Here are some tips for creating a shared knowledge base.
December 23, 2021 | Manfred Austen, CEO
2021: A Virtual Rollercoaster of Pandemic Uncertainty and Silver Linings
2021 SYSTEMA experienced an increased demand for manufacturing automation solutions ranging from Industrial Internet of Things solutions up to highly complex Root Cause Analysis solutions.
December 13, 2021 | Jim Connett
Presenting Your Data to Tell A Story
Visualizing data from your MES and other systems provide powerful capabilities including detecting data trends, supporting capacity planning, and much more.
October 21, 2021 | Jim Connett
Manufacturing in the Cloud?
Decades of advances in security and interconnectivity may have you wondering: Is now a good time for manufacturers to move to the cloud?
October 05, 2021 | Jim Connett
Mythbusting the MES
Unpacking common misconceptions and assumptions that exist around the topics of deploying, integrating, and configuring a manufacturing execution system.
September 07, 2021 | Jim Connett
Closing the Inventory Management Feedback Loop
Learn how to leverage the data available via ERP, MES, and shopfloor systems to ensure you have material on hand to fulfill production orders.
August 24, 2021 | Jim Connett
The Modeled Process
A well-modeled MES outlines the plan, design, and golden path to manufacturing excellence if followed.
August 09, 2021 | Travis Stevens
A New Way to Optimize Semiconductor Yield: Make the Machines Hum Again
How to optimize yields in semiconductor fabs using a sophisticated approach to analyze lot and equipment data.
August 05, 2021 | Jim Connett
Human, Machine, or Software?
Artificial intelligence continues to press the boundaries of software capabilities. Is AI capable of advanced reasoning?
July 22, 2021 | Jim Connett
Post-Pandemic: Emerging Trends in Manufacturing
4 emerging trends for manufacturers to consider post-pandemic.
July 07, 2021 | Jim Connett
E10 Unmasked – Closing the Loop
Q & A regarding some nuances with the application of the SEMI E10 standard.
June 21, 2021 | Jim Connett
What Does the Chip Shortage Mean for the Semiconductor Industry?
Manufacturing automation will play a critical role in semiconductor manufacturers’ ability to meet increasing demand for integrated circuits.
June 07, 2021 | Jim Connett
Is It Time For an MES Migration?
Points to ponder regarding MES migration when it becomes clear that your legacy MES no longer meets today’s manufacturing requirements.
May 27, 2021 | Xu Wei
SAP Digital Manufacturing Cloud – The Foundation of a Smart Factory
Get an introduction to use cases, features, and benefits of SAP’s Digital Manufacturing Cloud.
March 22, 2021 | Travis Stevens
Build or Buy Your Next MES?
Compelling reasons to consider a standard “off-the-shelf” solution as opposed to building or continuing to invest in a homegrown MES.
February 17, 2021 | Helen Leps
Introducing SYSTEMA Brazil
In this interview with SYSTEMA Brazil’s Managing Director, Jorge Mottecy, we introduce our new team in Brazil.
February 08, 2021 | Ricco Walter
Digital Transformation for 200mm Fabs
As 200mm demand continues to outpace supply across the industry, Industry 4.0 technology has the power to breathe new life into 200mm fabs.
January 18, 2021 | Helen Leps
2020: A year of challenges and digitization
With Covid19 digitalization is more needed than ever. The manufacturing industry took the chance to tackle automation and digitalization with high force.
January 12, 2021 | Dr. Holger Brandl
Predictive Analytics: Enabling robust planning & factory optimization
Insights on predictive analytics to enable factory forecasting to optimize planning and production capabilities.
October 13, 2020 | Dr. Holger Brandl
Spot and resolve shopfloor incidents faster with event stream processing
Using stream analytics to aggregate, combine, compare and model events in real-time, it dramatically reduces the delay between shopfloor incident and action.
October 06, 2020 | Ulf Martin
SAP PM & SAP ME: Effective coordination of maintenance and production activities
Learn how to leverage SAP Manufacturing solutions to coordinate maintenance and production activities in order to maximize OEE.
September 16, 2020 | Axel Wogawa
Industry 4.0: Pros & Cons of Cloud Computing in Smart Manufacturing
Pros and Cons of Cloud Computing in Smart Manufacturing: What advantages does it offer over conventional on-premises computing plus what are the drawbacks?
August 18, 2020 | Jim Connett
The Details Are in the Data
Insights on manufacturing data collection: How should data be collected? When should data be collected? Where should the data be stored?
August 04, 2020 | Jim Anderson
Structuring Successful Manufacturing Initiatives
How to build a strong foundation for successfully achieving manufacturing business initiatives.
July 22, 2020 | Manfred Austen, CEO
INTERFACE Joins SYSTEMA!
Brazil-based INTERFACE team joins SYSTEMA to support customers throughout the Americas region to develop innovative SAP Manufacturing solutions.
July 08, 2020 | Jim Connett
Step Away from the Spreadsheet!
Though widely used, spreadsheets may not be the best tool for collecting, storing, and evaluating information in your manufacturing environment.
June 22, 2020 | Axel Wogawa
Industry 4.0: Cloud-Based Equipment Health Monitoring
Some insights on approaching the development of cloud-based IIoT solutions.
June 10, 2020 | Jim Connett
Business Cycles in Manufacturing: A Commentary
Take advantage of economic cycles in manufacturing, including the downturns, to improve the responsiveness and resiliency of your company.
March 25, 2020 | Manfred Austen, CEO
Business Continuity & COVID-19
Despite the worldwide spread of COVID-19 SYSTEMA continues to support their clients and partners in these critical times.
February 10, 2020 | Ricco Walter
Another big success: The 17th Innovation Forum for Automation
About 330 international participants met on January 23th and 24th in Dresden. Industry and R&D experts shared their experience in factory automation related to the smart factory.
January 23, 2020 | Jim Connett
Managing Through Priorities
Here are some strategies for managing evolving production priorities that will help maximize productivity and production.
December 19, 2019 | Helen Leps
2019: A review
We reflect upon our many exciting and successful automation projects in 2019, we are grateful for those opportunities to grow our knowledge and strengthen the network among our customers and partners.
December 05, 2019 | Dr. Mike Gißrau
Insights on Manufacturing Performance Measurement – Part 2
When optimizing production performance, the more KPIs measured and optimized the better, right? Not so fast! Here are 4 rules for defining SMART metrics.
November 27, 2019 | Jim Connett
Process Capabilities that Save. You. Money.
Implement process capability modules to optimize the run of clean and dirty recipes on tools to avoid unnecessary preventive maintenance activities.
October 24, 2019 | Jim Connett
What’s Old Is New Again with WorkStream Extensions
The top WorkStream enhancements to consider that will extend both the capabilities and the life of your legacy MES.
September 24, 2019 | Jim Connett
The Seven Deadly Sins of WorkStream
A WorkStream administrator repents and tells all. Read how to avoid the Seven Deadly Sins that WorkStream administrators and developers commit.
September 02, 2019 | Jim Connett
Proper Care and Feeding of WorkStream Databases
Expert tips for optimizing WorkStream performance and maintaining your WorkStream database.
August 13, 2019 | Ricco Walter
SYSTEMA expands its footprint in Asia
Opportunity and growth in Singapore’s high-tech manufacturing sector prompts SYSTEMA to open new office in support of local industry.
July 31, 2019 | Yuval Goldenberg
“Customer Experience is Everything” – SYSTEMA and Barkan Winery Present at ISUG 2019
Winery automates material and inspection data using SAP’s MII, PCo and Fiori and builds 4K dashboard to display integrated data from 300+ wine casks.
July 18, 2019 | Jim Connett
Compliance Monitoring in Dispatching
Your factory uses an automated dispatcher. But how do you know it’s actually selecting the best material to run next? Learn about Compliance Monitoring.
July 02, 2019 | Krishnan Ramaswamy
The Fully Integrated Supply Chain – A Fast-Approaching Reality
Impressions from Hannover Messe 2019. An engineer’s review of SAP’s fully integrated, manufacturing supply chain demo and new Open Industry 4.0 alliance.
June 19, 2019 | Manjunath Nagaraju
Application Lifecycle Management for the Digital Age
A roadmap for improving factory application maintenance and support in a way that also accelerates delivery of your manufacturing digitization objectives.
June 06, 2019 | Jim Connett
Logging Strategies in WorkStream™ and COBOL
Tips for investigating, diagnosing, and resolving problems in cumbersome COBOL generated log files in support of WorkStream™.
May 29, 2019 | Dr. Lutz Muche
Research News: Production Forecasting Solutions
Promising research offers solutions for the automatic detection of bottlenecks, forecasting and prediction of dynamic WIP waves, determination of optimal scheduling of equipment-maintenance cycles and...
May 16, 2019 | Erin Peacock
Smart Efficient Batch Processing
Automated dispatching systems allow equipment operators to focus on critical tasks and maximize operator efficiency at batch tools.
May 02, 2019 | Jim Anderson
Dispatching to Reduced Capacity Equipment
Dispatching for maximum production capacity when equipment capabilities are reduced.
April 18, 2019 | Jim Connett
Dispatching: Line Balancing Using Inventory Ratios
A different way of approaching production line balancing by using inventory and critical ratios in your dispatching system.
April 04, 2019 | Dr. Mike Gißrau
Insights on Manufacturing Performance Measurement – Part 1
Alignment of departments' and individuals' performance metrics is fundamental to the success of a manufacturing organization's global strategy. This article outlines actionable strategies for ensuring...
March 21, 2019 | Jim Anderson
Dispatching With Defined Waypoints
A discussion of a unique method of line management used to ensure that certain lots will arrive at defined “waypoints” on time.
March 15, 2019 | Helen Leps
SYSTEMA’s Website is Moving!
SYSTEMA has secured the systema.com domain. This blog provides important information regarding the new website.
March 06, 2019 | Vern Puchalski
Process Capabilities: Static Cases
When you know what is possible with a Process Capability system in your manufacturing environment, you'll want to know how to get started with implementation. This article walks you through the select...
February 19, 2019 | Vern Puchalski
Automation Staff’s Guide to the FAB Manager’s Universe
Key steps to aligning factory staff for improved factory performance
February 05, 2019 | Jim Connett
E10 Unmasked – Part 4, Q & A
SEMI E10 equipment state data questions are answered in the finale of the 4-part series "E10 Unmasked".
January 22, 2019 | Vern Puchalski
Understanding Dispatching Timers
Clarify operator understanding of (and correctly implement) dispatching timers with a little help from Vern Puchalski.
January 08, 2019 | Jim Connett
E10 Unmasked – Part 3, Evacuations, Mindless Robots, and Missing Operators
The third in a 4-part series explaining SEMI E10 equipment states and how they can be leveraged to improve productivity and reduce costs related to capital expenses, raw material, and human labor hour...
December 27, 2018 | Jim Connett
E10 Unmasked – Part 2, The Big Three
The second in a 4-part series explaining SEMI E10 equipment states and how they can be leveraged to improve productivity and reduce costs related to capital expenses, raw material, and human labor hou...
December 13, 2018 | Helen Leps
2018: A Year of Growth & Change
2018 year in review.
December 11, 2018 | Jim Connett
E10 Unmasked – Part 1
The first in a 4-part series explaining SEMI E10 equipment states and how they can be leveraged to improve productivity and reduce costs related to capital expenses, raw material, and human labor hour...
November 20, 2018 | Dr. Gerhard Luhn
On imagination and thinking – the role of expertise in microelectronics, and the link to artificial intelligence
Artificial Intelligence has limits related to true learning, particularly in the microelectronics manufacturing industry where imagination, thinking, and real world expertise are required to discover ...
November 14, 2018 | Vern Puchalski
Dispatching – What is it?
4 key characteristics of an effective dispatching system to achieve overall equipment efficiency. Automation and dispatching solutions for microelectronics manufacturers.
November 06, 2018 | Thomas Lang
Carrier and Material Tracking in Production
Cost and feature comparisons of material tracking systems for carrier and material tracking in production.
October 30, 2018 | Vern Puchalski
The FAB Manager’s Guide to the Automation Staff’s Universe
Key steps to aligning factory staff for improved factory performance
October 19, 2018 | Vern Puchalski
Named Process Capabilities – What are they?
Process capability systems model complex manufacturing equipment states, improve tool control functionality, and increase equipment utilization.
July 20, 2018 | Helen Leps
SYSTEMA in the news!
Local news report on SYSTEMA’s expansion plans and our partnership with Infineon.