1 December 2010

MiaSolé deploys Camstar to scale CIGS PV operations

MiaSolé of Santa Clara, CA, USA, which manufactures copper indium gallium diselenide (CIGS) thin-film photovoltaic panels, has deployed the SolarSuite enterprise software platform of software provider Camstar Systems Inc of Charlotte, NC, USA throughout its entire solar manufacturing value chain.

Founded in 2001, MiaSolé is growing rapidly, and the scalable manufacturing platform should enable it to shorten time-to-volume, improve product quality and reliability, and rapidly develop, roll out and enforce best known methods across new lines and plants.

“Camstar’s SolarSuite provides visibility and consistent control over our manufacturing processes and resources,” says MiaSolé’s VP of operations Kevin Eassa. “Access to a rich set of process intelligence accelerates our ability to continuously innovate and improve while we expand operations,” he adds.

“MiaSolé’s rapid volume growth mandated a fast implementation that would immediately sustain high-volume transactions,” says MiaSolé's senior director of IT Amiya Ranjan. “We were impressed with the inherent configurability and high performance of Camstar’s platform that made it possible,” he adds. “We applied a proven, phased, rapid deployment methodology and brought the solution into production in just 60 days, starting with resource and WIP tracking. We then added integration with process equipment controllers that allows automatic collection of very high-volume data and transactions. Instant visibility into equipment states, work-in-process and genealogy helps us meet or exceed target product quality, productivity and cost goals,” Ranjan continues.

“Camstar is seeing rapid adoption of our solutions across the solar industry,” says the firm’s senior VP of global sales & marketing Rob Rudder. “As these companies race to bring innovative products to market, they realize that product quality will distinguish the winners in the cost per watt battle,” he adds. “MiaSolé is the top innovator among their peers, and they recognize the absolute necessity of a comprehensive platform for manufacturing execution and quality that integrates with the rest of the systems landscape, including shop-floor automation, ERP and PLM systems.”

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