January 2017 | Seabrook Technology Group

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Seabrook visits CIT for schools robotics competition

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Robert Kavanagh of Seabrook with students from Cork Educate Together NS and teacher Brian Glanville at the Vex IQ Crossover Challenge finals

 

Seabrook would like to wish the sixth class students from Cork Educate Together National School the very best of luck as they compete in the Vex IQ Crossover Challenge finals in CIT today.

The students, led by their teacher Brian Glanville, are taking part in the Dell-sponsored worldwide competition from Vex Robotics that sees teams tasked with designing and building a robot to play against other teams from around the world. More than 10,000 teams from 32 countries play in over 750 game-based engineering tournaments.

Cork Educate Together is one of 51 local schools competing in Nexus Hall in CIT over two days and we were delighted to get involved, sponsoring the team’s t-shirts and posters, both of which were designed by the kids themselves. Members of the Seabrook team were also attending today to cheer on the sixth class competitors.

It’s an invaluable opportunity for primary school children to put classroom STEM concepts to the test and instill a love of technology and learning that will stand to them in later life, something we here at Seabrook are passionate about.

VEX Competitions bring STEM skills to life by tasking teams of students with designing and building a robot to play against other teams in a game-based engineering challenge. Classroom STEM concepts are put to the test as students learn lifelong skills in teamworkleadershipcommunications, and more.

For more information, visit www.vexrobotics.com

Seabrook Technology Group signs significant distribution deal with Siemens PLM Software

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Pictured at Siemens’ Birmingham office for the official signing of the distribution contract are (L-R) Seabrook Technology Group’s Managing Director Sean O’Sullivan, Siemens PLM Software Indirect Sales Director Nick Farrall, and Siemens PLM Software Vice President of Global Solution Partner Sales, Jeff Zobrist.

 

Seabrook Technology Group is delighted to announce that they are the newly appointed main distributor of Siemens Product Lifecycle Management (PLM) Software for the entire Irish manufacturing sector.

Revenue from the new contract will reach in excess of €1 million and create three new jobs in the next 12 months. Seabrook has been in operation for 27 years, and in the past four years has tripled its workforce and opened offices in California, Indiana and the UK.

In 2015, the company announced its Channel Partnership with Siemens PLM Software UK. This enabled Seabrook to offer Siemens Manufacturing Operations Management (MOM) Software, including PLM and Manufacturing Execution Systems (MES) software products, to new and existing clients in Ireland and the UK.

Siemens PLM Software is the global leading provider of both PLM and Manufacturing Operations Management technology. The international powerhouse in automation and digitisation employs 348,000 people in 190 countries around the world. Seabrook will now be the primary supplier for the full range of Siemens’ PLM products to manufacturers across all sectors in Ireland. This will include pharma, food & beverages, medical devices, machinery, computer and semi-conductor manufacturers, among others. Seabrook will also provide expert consultancy on behalf of Siemens.

Commenting on the deal, Seabrook Managing Director, Sean O’Sullivan said: “We are delighted to embark on this new agreement with Siemens, and to lead the way in supplying Irish manufacturers with these mission-critical PLM technologies. We have witnessed an urgency to adopt this software across the industry, as global manufacturing processes become increasingly digitised. Ireland is already some way behind America and Asia with adopting these technologies and embracing the digital factory. We simply cannot afford to lag behind any longer.”

Mr O’Sullivan added: “We are especially pleased to have agreed this new deal with a company that has such a significant presence in the UK. It is a testament to the strength of collaboration between Irish and UK enterprises in such a time of uncertainty with the fallout from Brexit.”

The advanced technology of PLM is necessary for Irish manufacturers to remain globally competitive in Industry 4.0 – the era of the digital factory. It’s predicted that full digitisation of industrial production will lead to an increase of €250 million in the EU’s GDP in the short to medium term, a statistic Ireland’s manufacturers cannot afford to ignore.*

Siemens Industry Software Managing Director in Ireland and the UK, Robin Hancock, also commented: “Seabrook’s success in Ireland and the UK as our Channel Partner has impressed us greatly and we are now expanding on this relationship with the new distribution contract. We are delighted to have such an experienced, trusted and expert organisation as our primary ambassadors for PLM products in Ireland.”

PLM software enables manufacturers to eliminate paper-based files. It facilitates meaningful cost cutting by creating a virtual twin of a product, allowing for numerous, simulated re-designs before the product is ever made in reality. It also allows products to reach the market as much as 50% faster, enforces compliance with regulations and enhances the quality of the end product.

Why MES can – and does – work for SMBs

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A question often posed by smaller and medium sized manufacturing enterprises, is whether they really need a Manufacturing Execution System (MES). Sometimes they will argue that because of their size and the volume of their output, they have no need for MES. Regardless of the size of a manufacturing organization however, MES is necessary to achieve lean manufacturing, operational excellence and, will become even more mission critical as we edge closer to Industry 4.0.

This is especially true for medical device manufacturers. Heavily regulated industries need robust tracking and tracing capabilities. Manufacturing processes in this sector are becoming increasingly complex in order to keep up with the demand for more sophisticated products and in order to comply with more stringent regulations. Whether you are a small manufacturer or a global giant, you will have to produce devices of unprecedented quality, while simultaneously complying with ever stricter regulations in order to remain relevant and competitive.

MES and Lean Manufacturing

Reducing the cost of goods sold through lean manufacturing and the elimination of waste is a target for every medical device manufacturer, regardless of size. Eradication of waste can be achieved easily with MES. For example, it facilitates a paperless system.

In an assessment we undertook for a cardiac resuscitation device company that implemented Camstar MES, we found that there was an $88,000 reduction in paperwork management costs and a $32,600 drop in paper costs, storage and boxing costs. Benefiting from cost reduction while moving towards lean manufacturing is advantageous for SMBs in such a competitive industry as medical device manufacturing.

MES and accurate reporting of real-time data

A manufacturer’s future competitive advantage will be contingent on the integration of accurate and real-time data from the shop floor to the business floor. Medical device manufacturers of all sizes need to ensure that the machines on the factory floor are communicating with each other and with the organization’s enterprise level systems. MES facilitates this communication. It also removes the risk of human error from manual inputting of data.

MES can feed back real-time data from the factory floor that is precise and that identifies and corrects operational problems and issues. The visibility of this real time data allows manufacturers to take immediate action. These rapid responses are crucial in today’s market. Any improvements on the shop floor are also communicated with precision and in real time, leading to more efficient processes. In short, MES drives operations and operational excellence.

Can SMBs afford MES?

Although SMBs do not have the same economies of scale as their larger counterparts, the argument still stands that MES is a necessity as we move ever closer to Industry 4.0. The good news is that the cost of technology is falling. MES is becoming more affordable for SMBs – who will see a Return on Investment shortly after implementation. For example, in the first three months after implementation, cost reductions, improved productivity and enhanced efficiency will be experienced. A year on, an organization will see shorter workflow cycles, coupled with other benefits. And these benefits will continue to build on each other until true intelligent and lean manufacturing is achieved.

Of course for SMBs, the vendor they choose is also an extremely important consideration. When making the investment, you need to be sure that you will also have continuous support, back-up and expertise to rely on. Seabrook Technology Group excels at this. We are recognized specialists in MES and lean manufacturing. To find out more about our package, contact me at any time at [email protected]