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Line MES
Integration via our Line Management Execution System

Integration via our Line Management Execution System

A significant challenge facing production line managers is ensuring that all the machines are communicating with each other and that the equipment efficiency is optimised.

Foodmach’s Line Management Execution System (LMES) is a line control software package that uses high-level control architecture design (OMAC) and PackML (packaging machinery language) to get all the machines on a packaging line talking to each other.

It enables operators to obtain consistent data from different machine brands with different control systems, maximise performance, isolate issues and make changes without calling in a software engineer.

Our mission is to make life easier for operators, line managers and the people with their reputations on the line.

Foodmach’s Line MES (Manufacturing Execution System) evolved from our ongoing R&D into packaging line innovation.

We imagined how you could reap the full benefits of Industry 4.0 if you had absolute control over a network of OEM machines, the product running through them and real-time data to guide performance.

Our state-of-the-art software package is the culmination of over 10 years of design, development and refinement. It revolutionises the field, overcoming the challenges of machine-to-machine interfacing and communication and enables Industry 4.0-level data extraction.

Reporting to a central line control hub is not just patched on; it’s built-in.

It provides a consistent, intuitive user interface for all equipment on a line and seamless interfacing between the machines themselves in a scalable, economical, reliable and maintainable way.

It is flexible enough to be implemented as a stand-alone factory floor controller or integrated with any ERP system and is completely customisable.

There are various modules available, including:

  • Advanced Visualisation for motor control and machine interfacing
  • OEE Realtime with shift scheduling, event management
  • OEE Historical with machine dashboards
  • Advanced Recipe management for multiple SKUs

The ultimate line integration tool, Line MES is available on a subscription or as part of Foodmach’s turnkey offer.

Designed for Australia

LMES has been developed for Australian market conditions, which typically involves many line changeovers and partial line upgrades using a mix of old and new equipment.

A key differentiator of LMES as a line controller is its ability to work with different control platforms on the same line, enabling integration of many different brands of PLCs, yet delivering a seamless operator experience.

Every machine vendor implements different signals for interfacing, which makes it difficult to connect them to higher-level control and OEE systems.

To solve this issue, the Machine Interface module takes in any signals available from 3rd party vendors and converts them to OMAC/PackML standardised packaging machinery language tags.

This allows the most basic machines to become fully compliant to LMES, providing advanced intelligent control and OEE data for each unit on a line.

Line MES features:

  • Advanced control of every machine on the line in unison or individually.
  • Automated line optimisation, where machine learning algorithms using standardised data in real-time to automatically make adjustments for OEE.
  • Rapid, automated recipe-driven changeovers and optionally, automatic sourcing of materials.
  • End-to-end integrated quality control monitoring.
  • Authentic OEE, eliminating opportunities for operators to exert influence over delay accounting.
  • Consistently intuitive operator experience.
  • Customisable integration with ERP systems.

Sustainable Packaging Lines

LMES contributes to overall sustainability efforts by reducing waste at every stage of the packaging process, be it time, energy, materials or human resources.

It supports traceability initiatives and is a foundation for the transition to full Industry 4.0.

Line as a Machine

LMES is the control centre of our newly-launched Line-as-a-Machine (LaaM) turnkey offer, which takes a holistic view of the packaging line and treats it as one complete system.

In much the same way as a car is a collection of OEM parts, Foodmach delivers the entire line as a single high-performance vehicle with guaranteed performance. LMES provides the driving experience.

Looking for a way to get full control over your operations?

Ask us about your particular needs. We’re here to help.

At Foodmach, our challenge is to put you behind the wheel of the fastest, most powerful production line solution possible.

One that gives you real-time information and gets you to the finish line first. We guarantee you speed – speed of service and delivery because we’re local manufacturers and do everything in-house, and higher operational speeds through better technology tailored to your exact requirements.

And we guarantee control – better project management control through a single point of contact and better machine control through the industry’s most user-focused operation and software solutions. We integrate all the equipment on your line and give you more live data than ever before.

Control over operational safety too, because we’re the safety experts and we make the safest machines in the business. We’ll even relocate your entire factory and get you safety compliant.

Foodmach is the fastest way to get control of your packaging line.

'BWX now has truly paperless manufacturing, a fully digitised system that ensures our quality control is immaculate and we waste almost nothing.'

Group Operations Director, BWX Ltd