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

Customer
Soitec Solar Industries, LLC

Industry
Electronics, Energy and Utilities

Deployment country
United Kingdom

Partner
Key Information Systems, Inc.
Zobrist Consulting Group, Inc.

Overview

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.

Solution
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.

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

Components

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

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

Hardware
Power Systems

Services
AMS: Business Analytics and Optimization, AIS: Business Process Management

Solution
Development & Technology Adoption, Geographically Distributed Development, Information Integration, Smarter Computing, Smarter Planet, Team Solution Design

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