MES at Elkem Solar

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Prediktor APIS handles AGV transport on the production floor.

Prediktor MES as strategic production tool at Elkem Solar

Elkem Solar produces highly pure silicon blocks to the PV solar market. Elkem has put new highly automated production lines into production – transforming PV-grade silicon into blocks to be used for production of solar cells.

The production process is advanced and puts high demands on quality – tiny levels of contamination and deviations in the production process might result in off-spec products. There are thousands of production parameters which need to be under control to assure the product quality. In this context, tracking of the raw materials used, through the production assets, to finished goods is essential – both in terms of securing quality as well as enabling continuous optimization processes.

After having delivered value adding industrial IT systems the downstream solar business since 1999, Prediktor has world leading experience in the field of production-IT for Photovoltaic solar. In the Elkem case, this competence has been essential during the analysis and functional specification of the various system capabilities. For the systems integration part, Prediktor has been driving the process of securing a well-defined communication interface between the MES-solution and the relevant production assets.

System capabilities comprise full central data logging, real time an historical reporting, material trace, online KPI dashboards, AGV control, production dispatching, machine availability calculations and (semi) product quality control as well as article and recipe management.

Elkem Solar now has an MES-solution that manages all pant floor production steps. A complete set of production real time and historical information is available for Operations, Engineering, Logistics, Finance and Management to ensure world-class products are produces at top quality with the lowest cost. According to the client, the Prediktor MES is now an essential tool for Elkem to stay competitive in the market. «The implementation of the MES provides us with immediate in-depth insight into our production process and is an essential tool in order for Elkem to stay competitive. Also, the manufacturing system which precisely reflects our production is key in order for us to achieve a high level of automation», says Mathias Pellnor, Process Manager at Elkem Solar.

Since 1995, Prediktor has delivered advanced industrial IT tools and solutions to a wide range of industries. Prediktor’s products and solutions are based on deep process knowledge and insights into our customers’ processes, operations and needs. For further information, contact Thomas Pettersen at Prediktor, E-mail: thomas@prediktor.no or visit www.prediktor.no