MES terminal for production control systems

On the way to Industry 4.0, Manufacturing Execution Systems represent an important milestone towards the Smart Factory. Through machine and production data acquisition, MES makes an important contribution to the real-time measurement of production processes. MES represents the link between higher-level ERP solutions and machines and plants in store floor management. With the help of this continuous data flow, production processes can be optimized and made more efficient. In the end, this saves the manufacturing company hard cash.

MES Terminal References

Vorwerk SE & Co. KG

Standardized MES workstations with Christ Touch Panel

Vorwerk SE & Co. KG has been producing and selling high-quality household products such as Thermomix and Kobold vacuum cleaners since 1883. The holding company is headquartered in Wuppertal and more than 588,000 people work for Vorwerk in over 60 countries.

Dr. Krückhans Vorwerk

"We achieve with Christ a transparency and data accessibility like never before. According to our collective experience with the panels and services from Christ I can definitely recommend the Touch Panels for MES systems definitely recommend them."

Dr. Björn Krückhans Project Manager Smart Manufacturing Process Manager Production

Vorwerk relies on innovative and powerful technology in all areas. For continuous process optimization, the company was looking for future-proof MES terminals.

Future-proof MES terminals

Vorwerk wanted to create completely new standards for information systems at MES workstations. To achieve this, the company was looking for a terminal that would set a higher standard for MES workstations and fit in perfectly with Smart Manufacturing 4.0.

AIn the end, the decision was positive for Christ. Manufacturing Execution has been running at Vorwerk via touch since then. This ensures easier and more efficient navigation to all the information required from production. More than 400 MES terminals in use worldwide confirm the decision.

Read in the Success Story which advantages Vorwerk sees by using Christ MES Terminals and why they chose the Allgäu-based company.


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MES electronic: tough to take

MES terminals must be able to withstand dirt, dust, moisture, shocks or similar environmental influences. No matter whether pointed or sharp objects such as knives in butcher shops or screwdrivers in production are used. Or whether it is a particularly dirty working environment. MES terminals must be able to defy even the most demanding requirements and be operated reliably. Therefore, the use of robust industrial components is particularly important.

Panel variants for MES terminal

Often thin client solutions or even web panels are used. They have the advantage that they can display the MES software via web browser and thus require less power. Alternatively, the MES software can be installed directly on the device with the help of an x86 panel PC. In this case, customer requirements are the most important factor. The VESA housing line with its robust aluminium housing is particularly well suited for use as a MES device. The panel can be used as a desktop device and as a support arm version. Demanding environments often also require a high protection class to prevent damage. Depending on the requirements, protection classes from IP65 to IP69 are possible for Christ MES panels. RFID readers with matching tags are often used for unique identification. In this way, information can be individually adapted and displayed precisely to the user. Alternatively, barcode scanners are also used. The readers and barcode scanners are integrated directly into the housing of the Touch Panels or placed in a position suitable for the application. This way, they can be optimally operated.

MES system - mobile applications

A frequent area of use for MES panels are mobile applications, such as on forklifts or industrial trucks. These must be especially protected against vibrations. Poor and changing light conditions are an everyday challenge here. The Automotive Panel has a highly sensitive light sensor that adjusts the readability of the display to the incidence of light. Moving elements have been completely eliminated. This means that the panel is also ideally equipped for use in the harshest of environments.

Reliable and flexible MES terminal

The technical properties of Christ Panels allow them to be used in a wide variety of production environments. No matter if splash water, dirt or vibrations, a perfectly tuned MES terminal can already be configured in the standard system. Protection classes up to IP69 simplify the flexible and reliable integration into various production and environmental conditions.