More leverage for working with big data in factory design and automation.
This month Siemens PLM announced a deal to buy Charlotte, North Carolina-based Camstar Systems, and the deal was closed within weeks. The terms of the deal were not announced because the money exchanged is way immaterial to Siemens, a $100-billion company.
Although companies in the CAM (computer aided manufacture) and MES (manufacturing execution systems) business are rapidly being snatched up, Siemens is credited with getting a good property in the 250-person Camstar. The company will remain in North Carolina and become part of the Siemens PLM division, which is no big stretch: Siemens PLM is highly decentralized already with headquarters in Plano, Texas, but executives are scattered along the East Coast, in Europe, and beyond.
Like its competitors, Siemens is building out its MES, and Camstar Systems has advanced capabilities along this line. The Siemens announcement says, “The Camstar portfolio includes next-generation, high-performance analytics to gain insight into the operations of complex and global processes.” Siemens credits Camstar’s technology, which “leverages state-of-the-art, big data technology across the operations and global supply chain of the enterprise.” Gartner analyst Mark Halpern notes that Camstar’s analytics complement Siemens’ Simatic IT manufacturing automation tools, while Camstar’s Omneo quality-management platform expands Siemens’ end-to-end product line.
How’s that factory working out? MES tools like Omneo can help answer that question.
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Camstar’s MES portfolio is enterprise oriented and supports both centralized and multi-site manufacturing environments. Siemens says it complements the company’s vertical industry offerings. As part of the Siemens PLM group, the Camstar division also has automation products for electronics, semiconductor, and medical device industries, all interests of the larger Siemens universe.