Top Three Reasons to Keep Your Manufacturing Management Software Up-to-date
Did you know that the story of Fastems’ Manufacturing Management Software (MMS) started already more than 20 years ago? The first version, MMS 1.0, was launched in 1999. Since then, the features and coverage of different automation scenarios of the software have evolved remarkably. There have been many turning points in the history of MMS: developing part handling automation alongside pallet handling, generational changes in the software where the latest generation introduced the predictive and adaptive production, and resource management. In 2019 a new ground-breaking domain “Work Cell Operations” was introduced. The MMS product family already includes millions of lines of code, and there are already more than 2000 automation system installations globally.
MMS at the heart of our business and the business of our customers
The MMS plays a vital role at Fastems and has become the heart of the company’s intelligent factory automation solutions. Because of this, Fastems has also invested in great talent and working habits. Today, approximately 25% (~ 120 persons) of Fastemsians work with software related tasks such as UI & UX, business logic design, robotic software programming, interfaces and integration, device control design (PLC), robotic software programming, IoT connectivity, and remote support technology.
It’s clear that MMS development is at the core of our business, and because of this we want to make sure our customers get the most out of their production planning software from day one. In this short article we highlight the top three reasons why keeping your MMS up-to-date is crucial, and how this can be made easy.
Why Your MMS Should be Updated and Systems Modernized
Honestly speaking, it is common and maybe a bit too easy to ignore software updates. Once the investment has been made, the focus is on manufacturing and hardware, and the maintenance of the software is easily forgotten. Please have a look at these points that highlight why software updates should be part of the lifecycle planning and service management:
- Simply said, MMS is like any information system – it requires updates because IT technology is developing and evolving rapidly, and the information systems of production are no exception. They can’t be kept outside of that development.
- MMS is integrated to other IT systems in the company, which makes updates crucial in terms of keeping the entire architecture, or the so-called the ensemble of the programs functional and flawless. By doing this, IT risks can be managed and production can be kept running from the information system point of view.
- MMS is being developed daily. Fastems’ dedicated software development team constantly aims to release new features and improvements that help customers improve business and manufacturing. With the MMS software updates, customers can keep their factories contemporary and make sure productivity is maximized through modern and efficient processes. New ways of managing and leading production help companies stay flexible and competitive.
Luckily, keeping MMS up-to-date is made easy with Fastems Software (SW) maintenance service. With the SW maintenance contract, our customers can ensure they have the latest MMS version installed on a regular basis. These kinds of incremental and constant updates make sure that systems stay up to date, which in turn guarantees high performance now and in the future.
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