Based on its recent analysis of the plant data management and quality optimization solutions market for discrete industries, Frost & Sullivan recognizes ATS International with the 2014 Global Frost & Sullivan Award for New Product Innovation. ATS International’s innovative Attribute, Dimensional, Operational, and Shared (ADOS) suite, consisting of ATS Inspect, ATS Intelligence, ATS CM4D, ATS SPC, ATS BUS and ATS Shared Services, has been instrumental in improving data quality in the manufacturing environment. Its integration of product life management (PLM) with production operations to ensure cost-effective quality inspection has further cemented its value in the discrete industries.
ATS International’s ADOS suite collects, reports, and analyzes data from diverse operations and transfers the processed information to the appropriate divisions. The unique proposition of this suite is that the collected data is analyzed and mapped across the value chain to determine the best fit to optimize production operations.
“The ADOS suite is aligned with the enterprise solution topology so that data from visual inspection, option content check, and dimensional validation on multiple products can be integrated quickly and seamlessly,” said Frost & Sullivan Research Analyst Srikanth Madapura Shivaswamy. “Unlike most solutions, it can collect and process product, equipment, and process information on a single platform.”
One of the main components of the ADOS solution, ATS Inspect, is an attribute data collection solution that addresses data management challenges in high-volume and high-mix industries. It stands out from peer solutions with its Data Collect inspection functionality, which allows the data from visual inspections to be added to a database. This action ensures that all information can be associated with the individual product and be retrieved later for analysis. ATS Inspect accepts both visual and functional data entries, and the screen layout and platform can be customized to match language, device, or workstation needs.
Furthermore, ATS International has gained a competitive edge with ATS CM4D, a single automated solution that can analyze drawings existing within in-house PLM systems. Instead of comparing the actual parts with computer-aided drawings in an isolated fashion, ATS CM4D presents dimensional data from solid models for comparison with the data from the coordinate measuring machine in real time. This helps rapidly validate the critical parts well before they are shipped from the suppliers thus making it a cost effective process.
The company has also gained significant traction in the manufacturing industry with ATS SPC, a real-time statistical process control and precision measurement system. Its drag-and-drop visual configuration and fully customizable screen make it simple to set up and use.
Meanwhile, its ATS Intelligence solution provides a systematic approach toward collecting data from various departments. Each data packet has a time stamp on it, creating a unique identity. This data is shared as processed information, such as key performance indicators (KPI) or overall equipment effectiveness (OEE), through a centralized server.
A major advantage of the ADOS suite is its multi-site role capability. ATS International has been proactive in leveraging technologies from existing enterprise solution systems to develop data management platforms that can be implemented with ease across multiple locations. This means that it can help customers maximize their production efficiencies by standardizing data collection and the analysis process across different manufacturing plants.
Overall, ADOS’ innovative and integrated intelligence functionality has won ATS Intelligence considerable appreciation from discrete industry end users.
Each year, Frost & Sullivan presents this award to the company that has developed an innovative element in a product by leveraging leading-edge technologies. The award recognizes the value-added features/benefits of the product and the increased ROI it offers customers, which, in turn, increases customer acquisition and overall market penetration potential.
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About ATS International
ATS is The Independent Solution Provider for Industrial, Process and Information Technology users world-wide. We provide products and services for all three levels of the automation pyramid; control, execution and information. ATS is an innovative, strategic knowledge partner offering seven areas of expertise:
• Control Technologies
• Programming Languages
• Communication & Networks
• Manufacturing Execution Systems
• Lean Six Sigma & Quality
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