CPMS - the digital framework

Over 35 years of experience as an independent solutions provider and systems integrator working with many large multinational clients within the manufacturing sector, has enabled us to gain significant insights into the increasing challenges manufacturers are facing and the solutions they require to meet them. Today, manufacturers are trying to cope with the high demand of customer market initiatives requiring production facilities to adapt immediately. This leads to new technologies and constantly changing production requirements to cope with the market demands. The strategy of using a dedicated software product (technology) is at risk due to inflexibility and reaction time to market changes. This is one of the main reasons why we at Contec developed our production management solution (CPMS).

CPMS is a light weight framework fully compatible with industrial standards allowing us to modify production processes immediately, connect any equipment or legacy system and integrate new technologies on the spot.

We also see it as a commitment within our own company to invest in standards that allow us to serve our customers in the best way possible. CPMS is integrated within our standard integration services to deliver a high quality and standardised solution to our customers.

Our vision

The vision of the platform is to become the central platform within the operation area to fully integrate all work processes. Within this setup, CPMS becomes a toolkit for continuous improvement and innovation initiatives. The framework is the ideal supporting platform to embrace LEAN manufacturing processes with direct focus on:

  • Waste management;
  • Integration of pulling operation methods to reduce WIP, inventory and overproduction where possible;
  • Throughput improvements;
  • Real-time, immediate quality control interaction.
1. The ultimate data modelHaving a strong, flexible data model is the foundation for any digitization or digitized improvement program. As the data model of CPMS is consistent and designed specifically to digitize work processes and flows, the model becomes the ultimate data container for advanced scheduling, analysis, optimization, and artificial intelligence initiatives (AI). 2. Mould your production facility into our tailored data model and functional layerProduction processes can have very specific requirements and can be very demanding. The diversity in which products can be created with different assets, at different locations and within different cultures, can also require specific concepts to implement digital work processes. Creating a functional implementation layer (CPMS) at the shopfloor allows local production teams to create and adjust their own work processes and initiatives to deliver enterprise driven targets. 3. Create a single operator user interface at the shopfloorAs CPMS can communicate with any device, with any software component, it is our vision to position CPMS as the sole user interface for the operator at the shopfloor. One user interface will allow easy adaptation to change and improvement programs. Operators-supervisors and lead engineers will focus on operation process improvements instead of what technology to use. CPMS becomes a constant enabler for further automation as it is used as the sole data entry point. 4. Move towards "Lights out factory" principlesBy experience we know that today's production facilities are going through constant changes, improvements or market requirement adaptations. This requires a solid masterplan with focus on the latest technologies to upscale your operational performances.CPMS is built to allow a holistic approach to move from non or partly integrated shopfloors to fully automated work centres. CPMS is designed to embrace any new technology. The buzz word "Lights Out Factory" becomes part of your daily work to keep improving current processes with today's and tomorrow's new technologies.