Electronics Assembly

In our ever-changing world, the use of electronics is growing. From both micro-assemblies and RFID devices, all the way to complex assembled PCBs for use in some of the world’s most advanced products, customer demands are evolving, and digitization is becoming a necessity. Faster, smarter, more sophisticated devices are released with ever growing frequency and Electronics manufacturers producing printed circuit boards (PCBs), printed circuit board assemblies (PCBAs), complex assemblies, and box build must improve manufacturing speed and lower the cost of innovation. At the same time, they must be flexible and agile enough to produce high-mix, low volume products at high quality. This is a major change for processes, people and systems, requiring flexibility and agility to make inline changes and rapid changeovers to remain competitive.

High-tech manufacturers must accelerate their digital transformation to become Industry 4.0-ready and overcome the challenges associated with a rapidly changing world. Critical Manufacturing MES V8 helps Electronics Assembly manufacturers constantly upgrade process capability and manage capacity and quality, while driving down the cost.

Unleash your data

Boost Efficiency

Equipment and IIoT connectivity is the enabler to gain all the benefits of Industry 4.0, Big Data, and Advanced Analytics. Critical Manufacturing’s unique capabilities offer access to the industries’ largest library of SMT, THT, test, and other machine interfaces in the industry. Connect IoT, a native module to the MES, dramatically reduces the time and effort needed to implement equipment integration and automation so that all data flows seamlessly. Collect and analyze all your data in real-time with Critical Manufacturing’s new IoT Data Platform, an end to end solution that transforms data to reveal hidden insights. Data is enriched with MES contextual data to close the loop with decisive action. Apply machine Learning, data science and other AI technologies to create predictive and prescriptive models to transform business outcomes.

Gain a real time view of performance in visually intuitive displays such as deep analytics, dashboards, BI cards and a plant Digital Twin that, combined with action, deliver superior responses. When the unexpected arises from a customer request or internal change, put it in context and take the next step with confidence. The new Factory Automation module is factory level workflow engine that helps manufacturers progressively increase their automation capabilities to ensure reliability and repeatability of complex operations to achieve high automation, all the way to complete ‘lights out’ integrated smart factories.

Manage materials profitably

Execute processes reliably

Critical Manufacturing’s MES V8 provides a seamless and unparalleled view within a plant and across plants. Enterprise Integration and connectivity between systems and suppliers can streamline inventories. The new and sophisticated Material Logistics module manages the entire materials lifecycle including material requests, fulfillment and the efficient flow of materials between storage areas, such as material towers and production lines, including autonomous vehicle transportation between locations. Ensure uninterrupted just in time production with the ability to automatically replenish inventories. Ensure the highest quality and meet customer demands with the right materials, for the right products, in the right quantities at the right time. Every time.

Repeatability is the key to profitability. Yet, in the face of today’s rapid changes for new configurations and specifications, it may be difficult to replicate success. Critical Manufacturing combines process support for electronics manufacturers, including Surface Mount Technology (SMT) and other automated lines, and also allows users to build configurable mobile-ready GUIs for their specific roles or environment. Augmented Reality further supports training and guides operators interactively through detailed product and process steps, work instructions, schematics, material tracking, tool selection and quality data to complete manual assembly steps efficiently, error-free and hand-free.

Improve production flexibility

Schedule for perfect customer service

As lifecycles shrink, high yield has often come with a cost. Rapidly addressing issues in dark yield demand an MES that includes a Quality Management approach focused on in-line quality, rapid improvement of OEE and comprehensive testing. Experiments Management helps accelerate progress with developing new products, improving product designs and controlling and optimizing manufacturing processes to achieve optimum performance and success.

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Deliver the right product, on time, every time and build customer confidence your manufacturing capabilities. Natively embedded Advanced Scheduling with MES automatically ensures the availability of the right people and resources in real-time to create an optimum, up-to-date schedule that optimizes production throughput, enforce the correct process sequences and helps to manage constant change effectively.

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SMT Integrated Solutions

Critical Manufacturing’s open and integrated SMT solution leverages the major capabilities of the core MES alongside existing line solutions and machine specific software programs and protocols. Critical Manufacturing’s MES and native equipment integration and automation module, Connect IoT transforms data exchange between the ERP and manufacturing shop floor and handles edge processing with the new IoT Data Platform to gain powerful real-time factory insights. Whether communication is required between your SMT lines, material towers, test fixtures, robotic systems, or manual assembly; Critical Manufacturing offers a holistic solution for connectivity and Industry 4.0 transformation. Utilizing protocol agnostic technologies, Critical provides precise real-time material consumption information, granular reference level designator traceability, and complete set-up and process control.


Critical Manufacturing MES for Electronics and PCB Assembly addresses the unique challenges of OEM, contract and PCB manufacturers. It enables manufacturers to easily connect to equipment and IoT devices, retain full visibility and traceability of process flow and routing, product details, component assembly, in-plant logistics, materials management, engineering, exceptions and specifications. To keep up with customer demand, the modular approach is comprehensive not only across track and trace, quality and factory management, but also scheduling, labor and maintenance management. Critical Manufacturing MES V8 is modern, highly configurable and ready for new business models and technologies.

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Seize the benefits on your shop floor

Many electronics assembly manufacturers experience of MES is dated or based on a limited set of functionality. The latest Critical Manufacturing MES V8 delivers many more benefits.

Make rapid, confident decisions and action based on comprehensive integrated functionality

Learn faster with deep understanding to transform business outcomes with the power of an Integrated IoT Platform and advanced analytics/data science tools

Confidently migrate from legacy MES or patchwork systems and reduce risk with an experienced team’s support

Gain the agility to respond to market shifts, customer requests, and R&D with robust configuration and rollout capabilities