Siemens Camstar Electronics Suite Offers Smart Manufacturing Capabilities

Single software solution integrates Siemens’ Camstar and Mentor’s Valor manufacturing execution capabilities.

Single software solution integrates Siemens’ Camstar and Mentor’s Valor manufacturing execution capabilities.

Siemens introduces Camstar Electronics Suite software, manufacturing execution system (MES) for electronics. This configurable and scalable MES solution enables printed circuit board (PCB) and box assemblers to meet traceability requirements, improve efficiency levels and control manufacturing operations through direct Internet of Things (IoT) connectivity with machines and production lines.

Camstar Electronics Suite creates a digital thread to empower electronics companies to further their digitalization strategy in line with Industry 4.0. By closing the loop between engineering and the shop floor, and enabling quick reactions to design modifications, manufacturers can shorten product lifecycles, increase production complexities and improve quality across the entire manufacturing lifecycle.

“Siemens made an important step towards helping electronics manufacturers improve operations performance when they acquired Camstar, but by adding capabilities from Mentor’s Valor Electronics Manufacturing Solutions software they can now drive a new level of productivity, throughput, and quality for both PCB, mechanical and box-build manufacturing,” says Greg Gorbach, vice president, digitization and IoT, ARC Advisory Group.

“With Mentor’s Valor edge data acquisition technology and tight integration with Teamcenter to support a robust digital twin and digital thread, the Camstar Electronics Suite now enables customers in the electronics industry to rapidly adapt to design changes and to speed production by directly connecting with specialized machines and production lines,” Gorbach adds.

This recent collaboration between Siemens’ manufacturing operations management (MOM) software and Mentor technology has created a solution, which covers the complete end-to-end mechatronics manufacturing process. Camstar Electronics Suite activates the flow of product and business data between product lifecycle management (PLM), enterprise resource planning (ERP) and shop floor execution through an integrated digital thread, enabling faster and streamlined change cycles. 

“The Camstar Electronics Suite introduces a layer of value that we could never reach with our existing set of disconnected tools, even with custom integration. Furthermore, the inclusion of Valor IoT data acquisition in the suite has drastically simplified the deployment across our assembly lines,” says Hermann Kraus, MES project lead at Siemens Fürth.

“We have already taken the first step of implementation, optimizing material flow with Valor Material Management. We are currently introducing the second step that will deliver a true one-stop-shop solution for Electronics Manufacturing management, covering all process areas and integrated with PLM and ERP,” he adds.

“This collaboration with Mentor’s Valor technology along with the introduction of Camstar Electronics Suite further expands our positioning in the electronics market and fortifies our leadership as industry trendsetters,” says René Wolf, senior vice president of Manufacturing Operations Management for Siemens PLM Software.

“In an era where mass customization and rapid time-to-market determine the ability of electronics companies to succeed, manufacturing processes must be flexible and smart enough to accommodate rapid change in product requirements, while optimizing production efficiency and improving the overall product quality,” Wolf adds. 

Sources: Press materials received from the company and additional information gleaned from the company’s website.

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