Camstar Partners with Adexa to Integrate Real-Time Collaborative Supply Chain Planning and Manufacturing Execution
Combining Virtual Factory Suite and iCollaboration Suite Enables Manufacturers to Maximize Planning and Performance, Streamline Business Processes
The Horn Group
CAMPBELL, Calif. and LOS ANGELES (May 6, 2002) – Camstar, the leading provider of Collaborative Manufacturing Execution (CME) solutions, and Adexa Inc., a leading provider of Supply Chain Management (SCM) solutions, today announced a strategic technology partnership to deliver the only end-to-end, real-time collaborative manufacturing solution specifically tailored to the needs of global semiconductor and optical electronics manufacturers.
Through this partnership, Camstar and Adexa have created a solution that meets the complex planning and manufacturing challenges of global manufacturers, particularly those enterprises with multi-site, distributed production environments. By integrating Adexa’s iCollaboration suite and Camstar’s Virtual Factory Suite™ of enterprise applications, the two companies provide a comprehensive collaboration platform that integrates business processes, accelerates product development and drastically increases production yields and customer satisfaction.
“Lack of visibility into plant operations and synchronization of production activities in the larger manufacturing value network can result in partial and faulty business processes that disturb the balance of collaborative ventures,” said Ken Brant, research director for Enterprise and Supply Chain Management at Gartner. “As production moves from a make-to-stock to a make-to-order paradigm, planning horizons will shrink, and manufacturers will need a new set of tools to schedule production and track capacity, materials and orders in collaboration with designers, channel partners and consumers.”
Adexa and Camstar work with manufacturers to integrate real-time supply chain and production information captured by the new solution into existing ERP systems. Adexa’s iCollaboration suite creates a fully constrained production plan and sequences work orders to optimize the schedule at the work center or machine level. Camstar’s Virtual Factory suite manages and controls the production and fulfillment processes within the individual factories by providing live work-in-process tracking, product genealogy, inventory visibility, parametric data collection, and detection of events that warrant a reschedule response.
“The partnership between Adexa and Camstar presents a unique opportunity for joint customers to fully engage in a collaborative environment. The responsive planning and execution capability enables manufacturing operations to optimize throughput, yield higher quality, and generate higher customer satisfaction,” said John Sibley, vice president of channels and alliances for Adexa. “By creating this ‘live’ information infrastructure within the manufacturing enterprise, Adexa and Camstar will improve plant efficiency and return on assets while helping companies achieve the highest customer satisfaction.”
Working together, this combined solution creates a dynamic, flexible manufacturing environment that allows manufacturers to accelerate responsiveness to market and customer demands. The new solution provides the entire enterprise with an up-to-the-moment view of manufacturing operations and enables faster product development and time-to-market as well as rapid adjustments of production to meet market demand.
“Manufacturers simply do not have the visibility into real-time plant capacity based on actual and planned line/machine utilization to properly build and constrain production schedules toward Capable-To-Promise order management practices,” Brant said.. “Collaboration requires manufacturers to implement more-agile manufacturing environments supported by systems that have real-time input and processing capabilities. Failure to adopt this type of demand-driven, highly responsive manufacturing environment (both processes and systems) will cause trading partners to seek other, more-capable partners within the larger trading community.”
“Many manufacturing companies have yet to tap the power that a collaborative production environment enables,” said Rob Rudder, vice president of business development and solutions marketing for Camstar. “However, thought leaders in manufacturing are recognizing the competitive edge that occurs when execution and planning are linked together. By taking advantage of Camstar’s Virtual Factory and Adexa’s iCollaboration suites, our clients can dramatically reduce planning and execution cycle time, reducing inventory throughout their supply chain, and maximize the use of constrained manufacturing resources. ”
Headquartered in Los Angeles, Adexa blends powerful supply chain optimization, collaboration and business process automation capabilities within a single solution, iCollaboration, to help companies design, source, make and deliver products faster and more profitably. The iCollaboration suite enables manufacturers to accelerate time-to-market for products, improve customer service, reduce inventory, compress cycle times, and synchronize information and material flow across their supply chains.
Adexa’s customers include industry innovators such as Advanced Micro Devices, CNH Global, General Motors, Hitachi, Johnson & Johnson, Lucent Technologies, Philips Semiconductor B.V., Pulse, Teijin Limited, TMSC Semiconductor, Unilever and Xerox. To learn more, call 1-888-475-2409 or visit Adexa online at www.adexa.com.
About Camstar Systems, Inc.
Camstar is the leading provider of Collaborative Manufacturing Execution (CME) solutions for global manufacturers. Only Camstar, with customers around the world, enables manufacturers to fully leverage live production information across the enterprise and supply chain. Camstar’s Virtual Factory™ Suite makes the enterprise live by managing multiple manufacturing locations, processes and companies as a single virtual factory. Major manufacturers like Agilent, Amkor, Corning, JDS Uniphase and IBM have joined with Camstar to lead the live revolution. The company is headquartered in Campbell, Calif. For more information about Camstar and the Virtual Factory, call 1-800-237-2841 or visit www.camstar.com.