Manufacturing engineering has become increasingly dependent on computers for design and analysis of products and processes, particularly in the various industries MESH Automation serves. Engineers specializing in this discipline have to be able to develop all kinds of industrial automation software design solutions using multiple engineering concepts and practices.
MESH Automation has a dedicated software department with engineers who specialize in custom programming software, databases, and HMIs that will work with our customers’ internal standards and systems. We don’t deliver “boxed” products. Rather, we develop products on a customer-by-customer basis, offering high quality, one-of-a-kind solutions.
Different Elements of Industrial Automation Software Design
The engineering team at MESH Automation has wide-ranging software expertise and the capacity to design and develop software for specific solutions.
For example, they are adept at designing and implementing databases that can be used to integrate what happens on the factory floor with office systems. Our custom-designed databases are ideal for the full range of industrial manufacturing operations and may be used for anything from process management to reporting on systems. Databases may be set up so they provide our customers with traceability, which in itself allows great control of processes, and helps with compliance of industry standards.
We often use supervisory control and data acquisitions (SCADA) systems to collect the information required for a database, because the hardware and software components allow access to real-time information. Generally, SCADA systems enable manufacturers to monitor the many process variables and respond to any problems a lot quicker than they would be able to do without the software system.
The MESH engineers are also able to design solutions that enable manufacturers to display information about productivity progressively, as the process is in progress, Andon Boards, also known as lean manufacturing, process display, factory display and process control boards, provide a powerful means for visual management. Like SCADA systems, productivity displays show real-time data, and they allow those in charge to monitor ongoing performance and make decisions that will improve quality, efficiency, and uptime.
Additionally, MESH offers manufacturing intelligence systems to improve operations. These also rely on the collection and analysis of data and ultimately impact on profitability.