Case Study

Flexible MES Cloud Solution Lowers Total Cost and Increases Manufacturing Velocity

Deployment Time

8 weeks

Product analysis

Reduced from 3 months to days

New factory

Opened on schedule

The Challenge

A major clean energy OEM needed a Manufacturing Execution System (MES) for two very different types of production that could also provide visibility across multiple manufacturing facilities. This company’s product is a complex industrial system with critical subassemblies produced using advanced chemistry and processing. With a new factory opening in a matter of weeks, their existing MES system was not adequate. More importantly, the older system would not be able to scale to meet their new product manufacturing challenges including:

  • Flexibility to handle product lines that are both high volume/low mix and low volume/high complexity.
  • Traceability of chemical modules produced in one facility and integrated into systems in another facility.
  • Variability and ease of use in the user interface to adapt to different manufacturing and operator setups. For example, if an operator is 10-12 feet away the interface must be legible from that distance.
  • Providing complete visibility across several plants around the world.

Why 42Q

The customer immediately understood the speed of deployment and flexibility possible with a cloud-based solution. They were surprised however by the advanced features and maturity of the solution, including simple integration with major life cycle management and ERP systems such as Oracle and Agile. Updated work instructions can be pulled from Agile and viewed by 42Q users instantly. If training has not been completed by the user, operation is not permitted. Other benefits included:

  • No infrastructure to install or maintain.
  • Flexibility to handle high and low-mix products in one solution.
  • A subscription model that provides pricing predictability.
  • Complete, proven functionality and seamless integration between lifecycle management and ERP systems:
    • Serial and batch genealogy
    • Parametric data collection and reporting
    • Simplified management of temporary deviations
    • Automatic updates for repair and refurbishment actions
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  • The 42Q MES cloud-based solution was successfully deployed in under 2 months, allowing the new factory to open on schedule.
  • Transparency of genealogy and traceability enabled field and product analyses to occur in a matter of days compared to 3 months with their previous MES solution.
  • One consistent set of dashboards for multiple plants performing very different types of manufacturing.
  • OEM is comfortable planning for new factory deployments based on a predictable, flexible pricing model.
Values & Capabilities

Delivered by Manufacturing Experts


Cloud-Based Technology

Servers, data storage devices, networking equipment, and software are all leveraged within a powerful, streamlined cloud environment.

Subscription-Based Pricing

Customers pay a recurring monthly fee based on their actual usage of 42Q.

Rapid Implementation

90-day proof of concept for a portion of your operation. Quick deployment is part of our DNA!

Flexible Configuration

Ability to configure our platform to our customers' specific needs and industry.

Multi-Plant Visibility

Global visibility of production, accessible anywhere in the world with real-time analytics updates & comprehensive dashboards.

Track & Trace Genealogy

42Q provides the ultimate device history record solution, tracking all components, product changes, repairs and upgrades.
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