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Camstar Software Platform Drives MiaSole CIGS Forward

The rapidly growing CIGS solar panel manufacturer has implemented the Camstar’s SolarSuite enterprise platform throughout its entire manufacturing series in just 60 days.

Camstar Systems, has announced that MiaSole, a leading manufacturer of Copper Indium Gallium Selenide (CIGS) thin-film photovoltaic solar panels, has deployed its SolarSuite enterprise software platform throughout its entire Solar manufacturing value chain.

As an industry innovator, MiaSole is growing rapidly, and the scalable manufacturing platform enables the company 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.

“MiaSole is committed to providing innovative, top quality solar products that cost-effectively meet the needs of our customers,” said Kevin Eassa, Vice President of Operations for MiaSole. “Camstar’s SolarSuite provides visibility and consistent control over our manufacturing processes and resources. Access to a rich set of process intelligence accelerates our ability to continuously innovate and improve while we expand operations.”

“MiaSole’s rapid volume growth mandated a fast implementation that would immediately sustain high-volume transactions. We were impressed with the inherent configurability and high performance of Camstar’s platform that made it possible,” said Amiya Ranjan, Sr. Director of IT for MiaSole.

“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,” continued Ranjan.

“Camstar is seeing rapid adoption of our solutions across the Solar industry,” said Rob Rudder, Sr. Vice President of Global Sales and Marketing for Camstar. “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. MiaSole 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.”

MiaSole is a pioneer and leading developer of Copper Indium Gallium Selenide (CIGS) thin-film photovoltaic solar panels, one of the lowest-cost, highest efficiency solar panels in the world. MiaSole’s primary mission is to advance the extraordinary potential for harnessing solar power as a competitive, sustainable energy source and enable grid parity by 2012. Based in California, MiaSole currently operates two manufacturing facilities.

Camstar is a leading innovator of software solutions that advance product quality in the manufacturing industry, enabling its customers to deliver the highest quality products on time, the first time and every time. The Camstar Enterprise Platform advances product quality throughout the product lifecycle, from design to planning to supply to manufacturing to customer product experience – all in a closed-loop learning process that allows future products to be designed better and manufacturing processes to be leaner and more efficient.

Camstar is the largest in its market, providing solutions for manufacturing execution, process planning, enterprise quality management and supply chain intelligence. For over 20 years, Camstar has served hundreds of satisfied customers worldwide, including Abbott, AMD, Amkor, Arcelor, BAE Systems, Beijing SE Potevio Mobile Communications, BIOTRONIK, Boston Scientific, Canadian Solar, CIBA Vision, Cisco, Emcore, Ericsson, Hitachi, Honeywell, IBM, Intevac, Kodak, Life Technologies, Luvata, MiaSole, Motorola, Nortel, Noven Pharmaceutical, NXP, Panasonic, Q-Cells, Roche, SanDisk, Siemens, Stryker, Xilinx, Zeiss and ZOLL.


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