Soitec Solar Industries, LLC

A manufacturing execution system that analyzes process data to detect and rectify production anomalies

Published on 25 Jul 2013

The high level of execution control helps ensure constant quality and process efficiency for the high-volume production process for the CPV modules.

Xavier Michallet, IT CIM Manager Soitec Solar Industries, LLC

Soitec Solar Industries, LLC

Electronics, Energy & Utilities

Deployment country
United Kingdom

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Soitec, an international manufacturer, produces high-performance materials for the semiconductor industry. The company’s market-leading products and technologies are designed to enhance the performance and energy efficiency of microelectronics-driven IT, communications, automotive electronics, lighting products and solar power plants for large-scale utilities.

Business need
Soitec is building a new plant to manufacture its Concentrator Photovoltaic (CPV) technology for a new solar power plant in Southern California. The company needed to balance a need for high throughput in its manufacturing processes with the imperative for quality control of the CPV module components.

This solar module manufacturer implemented an automated manufacturing execution system (MES) that uses near-real-time data from equipment sensors to monitor equipment performance and product quality. The solution analyzes the data to detect trends or shifts in quality based on product and process parameters.

·Generates 400 percent of the production throughput of similar factories without automated MES systems


IBM products and services that were used in this case study.

DB2 Enterprise 9, InfoSphere Replication Server, WebSphere Application Server Standard Edition

Power Systems

GBS BCS-BA&S-BD&A-Application Development & Innovation Consulting Services, AIS: Business Process Management

, Geographically Distributed Development, Information Integration, Smarter Computing, Smarter Planet,

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