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Eyelit’s Manufacturing Execution Software (MES) Suite Selected by M/A-COM Technology Solutions Inc. and Migration from Legacy MES Completed in Only Eight Weeks

Eyelit’s PMigrate used for rapid turn-key MES migration of two wafer fabs

October 16, 2009, 01:34 PM Eastern Daylight Time
TORONTO, Canada—(BUSINESS WIRE)—Eyelit Inc., a manufacturing software provider for visibility, control, and coordination of manufacturing operations for the aerospace and defense, discrete electronics, semiconductor, and photovoltaic (solar) industries, announced today that M/A-COM Technology Solutions Inc. selected Eyelit’s MES software suite and replaced its legacy software suite at two wafer fabs located in Lowell, Massachusetts and Torrance, California.

M/A-COM Tech selected Eyelit’s solution to modernize its manufacturing software infrastructure and significantly lower the total cost of ownership and resource dependencies of its older system. The move to Eyelit MES enables M/A-COM Tech to standardize to one manufacturing software provider, simplifying its software architecture while gaining capability and flexibility. It also provides a platform to easily add equipment automation and integrate Quality Management tasks, such as OCAP, QAR, and MRB.

The migration took eight weeks to move the legacy MES data model and active WIP to Eyelit MES. M/A-COM Tech now has a fully integrated MES, Asset Management, and SPC solution. With Eyelit’s system, M/A-COM Tech was able to eliminate 12 custom software programs, which are now incorporated into the standard Eyelit model. M/A-COM Tech was also able to add new production areas, which were not previously modeled in the legacy MES, to the Eyelit model and to preserve the MES/ERP integration with SAP, M/A COM Tech’s ERP system.

"We experienced exceptional support from Eyelit during this successful migration and already we see Eyelit’s product as an enabling technology. We’ve simplified our model and already eliminated many of the custom programs we had needed to augment the limitations of our legacy MES. With our legacy MES product, we questioned the value of our support dollars and what we were getting in return," said Charles Gagne, Director of Wafer Operations, M/A-COM Technologies Solutions Inc. "We’ve been an Eyelit customer, using Operator Station, PRemote and UTIL*eyes, for years. We’ve always found Eyelit to be very flexible and responsive to our needs. Under new ownership and direction, we were looking for strategic vendor partnerships. Eyelit has always been very easy to work with, which was not the case with our previous MES supplier," he added.

"No company wants to replace its MES software in a running factory and we usually recommend more than eight weeks for a migration, but there were time constraints. In performing a manual deployment of the MES, we felt we could meet the deadline. Many semiconductor manufacturers believe it costs millions of dollars to replace their legacy MES systems. Eyelit has demonstrated that it can deliver a proven, low-risk solution for much less, while providing our customers with greater capability and flexibility. With the pending, end-of-life support of HP AlphaServer and HP PA-RISC 9000 server platforms, many companies face a hardware upgrade. Factories running MES software and systems, such as WorkStream, PROMIS, and FACTORYworks (from Applied Materials), are all viable candidates for Eyelit’s migration solution. Companies looking to move to lower-cost software platforms, such as Linux or Windows, would also benefit from Eyelit’s capabilities and cost savings," stated Dan Estrada, Vice-President of Sales and Business Development for Eyelit.

About Eyelit Inc. (www.eyelit.com)

Eyelit, Inc. is the leader in Manufacturing Execution and Business Process Management (MES and BPM) solutions for visibility, control, and coordination of manufacturing operations for the aerospace and defense, electronics, semiconductor, and solar industries. Eyelit uniquely delivers a broad set of manufacturing solutions, including Asset Management (Semi E10), Factory Integration (Automation), Manufacturing Execution (MES), Supply Chain Execution, Quality Management (CAPA/OCAP/SPC/APC), and Business Process Management, which enables its customers to rapidly and cost effectively optimize production and company processes.

With exceptional customer service, Eyelit has time and again proven that superior, innovative technology can increase efficiency and value. More than 40 leading companies, including A123Systems, Analog Devices, austriamicrosystems, CaliSolar, Deutsche Solar, FLIR Systems, Freescale Semiconductor, Innovalight, Nemotek, Tower Semiconductor, Umicore, and VTI Technologies, rely on Eyelit as a trusted software partner.

About M/A-COM Technology Solutions, Inc. (www.macom.com)

M/A-COM Technology Solutions, Inc. (M/A-COM Tech) provides innovative design solutions and products, including:

  • Si, GaAs, AlGaAs, InGaAs, InP and SiGe IC products
  • Unique MMIC processes: HMIC, GMIC
  • In-house design, fabrication, assembly, and screening capabilities
  • Multiple facilities for improved flexibility and local content manufacturing
  • Design expertise covering the spectrum from RF through millimeter wave frequencies
  • One of the broadest selections of standard and custom products in the industry

Headquartered in Lowell, Massachusetts, M/A-COM Tech will build on some 60 years of experience to develop and manufacture active and passive products, including Si and compound semiconductors from facilities in Lowell, Massachusetts and Torrance, California. Infrastructure products will continue to be provided by the company's facility in Cork, Ireland and laser diode products in Edison, New Jersey. The company is certified to ISO 9001, AS9100, and QS-9000.

Eyelit Inc.
Amy DeHeer
Tel: +1 905 502 6184

"Eyelit is one of a new breed of production management suppliers that "gets it" when it comes to plant software. This is what manufacturers need in order to enhance enterprise performance in real time."