General Solar Power (Yantai) Co., Ltd.

Building a smarter production line with a Manufacturing Execution System

Published on 30-Aug-2010

Validated on 16 Dec 2013

"The application of best practices and the experience of IBM will help GSP to become the leading provider of solar thin film cells in China." - Charles E. Johnson, Chairman, General Solar Power (Yantai) Co., Ltd.

Customer:
General Solar Power (Yantai) Co., Ltd.

Industry:
Energy & Utilities, Industrial Products

Deployment country:
China

Solution:
Selected Business Solution (sBS), Business Continuity, C-Suite Framework, Express, Industry Framework , Service Management, Smarter Planet, Systems & Network Management, Dynamic Infrastructure, Green/Sustainability

Smarter Planet:
Smarter Energy, Smarter Infrastructure

Overview

General Solar Power (Yantai) Co., LTD. is a solar energy company at the forefront of the design, production and distribution of solar energy solutions for a wide variety of customers and applications. It is developing technologies that drive down the cost of solar energy, making it a sustainable alternative to conventional energy sources. It strives to become the industry leader in quality, technology and cost. General Solar Power is one of the leading companies in R&D and manufacturing.

Business need:
GSP founded its Yantai manufacturing site to produce a good-quality but lower-cost solar thin film cell. The company needed to implement a real-time, batch-scheduling interface in a good manufacturing practice (GMP) environment. GSP sought assistance from an experienced IT services company to support the following manufacturing requirements: process improvement, cell efficiency improvement, large volume data collection from automated tool for engineering analysis.

Solution:
IBM Global Business Services has implemented an integrated Manufacturing Execution System (MES), to help automate and more efficiently manage the manufacturing process for GSP’s Yantai site. IBM’s offerings include integrated hardware, software and IBM Global Technology and Global Business Services work. The MES integrates a variety of data, which is collected from sensors and other devices and fed into the MES for monitoring, tracking and further analyzing.

Benefits:
· The MES can help prevent errors on the production line through the analysis of the system’s real-time data.
· The MES connects the production lines to the ERP system to seamlessly acquire essential information from vendor storage, production lines and distribution.
· The MES will help GSP to shorten the time between product testing and product production, reduce errors, and ensure the most efficient production line.

Case Study

General Solar Power (Yantai) Co., LTD. is a solar energy company at the forefront of the design, production and distribution of innovative solar energy solutions for a wide variety of customers and applications. It is developing technologies that drive down the cost of solar energy, making it a sustainable alternative to conventional energy sources. It strives to become the industry leader in quality, technology and cost. General Solar Power is one of the leading companies in R&D and manufacturing solar power energy products. General Solar Power (Yantai) site was established in late 2008.

The Need
GSP founded its Yantai manufacturing site to produce a good quality but lower cost solar thin film cell. The company needed to implement of a real time, batch scheduling interface in a good manufacturing practice (GMP) environment. GSP sought assistance from an experienced IT services company to support the following manufacturing requirements: process improvement, cell efficiency improvement, large volume data collection from automated tool for engineering analysis.

The Solution
IBM Global Business Services has implemented an integrated Manufacturing Execution System (MES), to help automate and more efficiently manage the manufacturing process for GSP’s Yantai site. IBM’s offerings include integrated hardware, software and IBM Global Technology and Global Business Services work. The MES integrates a variety of data, which is collected from sensors and other devices and fed into the MES for monitoring, tracking and further analyzing.

What makes it smarter
· The MES can help prevent errors on the production line through the analysis of the system’s real-time data.
· The MES connects the production lines to the ERP system to seamlessly acquire essential information from vendor storage, production lines and distribution.
· The MES will help GSP to shorten the time between product testing and product production, reduce errors, and ensure the most efficient production line.

For more information
Contact your IBM sales representative or IBM Business Partner. Visit us at:

ibm.com/energyandutilities

Products and services used

IBM products and services that were used in this case study.

Hardware:
Storage, System x

Software:
IMS, Tivoli Storage Manager

Service:
GBS BAO: Advanced Analytics and Optimization, GBS ODIS: On Demand Innovation Services

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