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  • Product Information
    • Quality Management
      • 1.1 Project Management
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        The ZEISS GUARDUS Project Management Module’s central task is to support and organize project management in a cost effective manner. Projects can then be defined according to the APQP specifications or to answer specific needs required by the company. Templates standardize processes and considerably simplify the creation of new projects.

      • 1.2 Initial Sampling
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        ZEISS GUARDUS supports the whole process of initial sampling from planning and execution through version management and status administration up to the inspection report and sampling release.

      • 1.3 QM Supply
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        The 'QM Supply' module steers all the test processes from incoming goods to clearance of production and supports the continuous improvement process with suppliers.

      • 1.4 QM Production
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        QM Production supports the efficient planning, execution and analysis of the tests accompanying manufacturing. Included are intermediate and final tests, laboratory analysis, as well as in-process inspections by machine operators, where the user interface can be adapted specifically to work environments.

      • 1.5 Defect Collector Chart
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        The ZEISS GUARDUS Defect Collector Chart module supports user and task adapted interfaces to record defects encountered throughout the production chain. Centrally configured check lists are supported by defect catalogues which represent the basic elements of this module.

      • 1.6 Complaint Management
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        ZEISS GUARDUS Complaint Management enables the efficient processing and tracing of complaints and returns in a common system.

      • 1.7 Action Management
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        The ZEISS GUARDUS Action Management (CAPA) module actively supports the process of continuous improvement. Since it is a central collecting and coordination component, all the actions from CAQ, and manual/machine data acquisiton are gathered here.

      • 1.8 Measuring Equipment Management
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        The Measuring Equipment Management module in ZEISS GUARDUS ensures the regular control and calibration of the test equipment used for manufacturing and production control and takes care of standards conformity of all test equipment capability.

      • 1.9 Audit Management
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        Internal and external audits of processes, systems and products are planned, realised and controlled with the ZEISS GUARDUS Audit Management module. Each audit can be thoroughly managed taking into account the deadline, type of audit and its topic, as well as the supplier, audited department and/or the responsible auditor.

      • 1.12 Free Defect Collection
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        The free defect recording replaces internal scrap notes or quality deviation reports with an electronic solution and efficiently supports the internal control loops ...

      • 1.13 8D Report
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        The 8D report is a well-established instrument for optimum support of the continuous improvement process. Supplier complaints, internal error notifications, customer complaints, as well as problems that are not related to the product can trigger an 8D report.

      • 1.14 Q Monitor
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        The Q monitor is a tool for the monitoring and control of the current product and process quality. It covers all the production and process-related inspections that have been carried out in the production, whether the operator’s self-check or the automatic reading of the production machines.

    • Productions Management
      • 2.2 Production Data Collecting (BDA)
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        In addition to the display of dispatched orders, the Production Data Acquisition of ZEISS GUARDUS also reports quantities, times, inspection results, releases, or events in real-time, including the complete information about the personnel log-in and log-out.

      • 2.3 Machine Data Acquisition (MDA)
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        The Machine Data Acquisition module connects production host computers directly with ZEISS GUARDUS via standard interfaces. Thus, the module receives the data from all the machines that are connected to the production host server. 'Simple' machine signals can also be recorded and processed without any difficulty.

      • 2.5 Maintenance
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        All the data required to ensure the proper maintenance of production facilities are included as the basic building blocks of the ZEISS GUARDUS Maintenance module. Machines, production units and tools scheduled for maintenance are managed by virtual master cards through a user-friendly interface. Corresponding spare parts lists and maintenance plans are also integrated for easy referencing.

      • 2.6 Traceability
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        The Traceability module handles all traceability via invoice, charge, lot and serial number recording. If a flaw is discovered at any step, the complete production process can be traced back through every manufacturing step and along the logistic chain down to the individual suppliers, in order to identify potentiel responsible entities.

      • 2.7 Energy Management
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        The ZEISS GUARDUS Energy Management module offers significant support to industrial companies that have the task to design their production processes in a sustainable and environmentally sound way.

      • 2.8 Produktions-Logistik
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        Im Vordergrund steht die Steuerung aller materiallogistischen Prozesse im Shopfloor auf Basis von Ist-Daten der Produktion. Synchronisiert mit den aktuellen Abläufen wird pro Fertigungsauftrag das richtige Material zur richtigen Zeit an der Maschine/Anlage bereitgestellt beziehungsweise abgeholt.

      • 2.9 Planning/Scheduling (APS)
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        Only a few steps separate the office from the production plant and yet the flawless information flow between the business and production process does not always function smoothly.

    • Process Management
      • 3.1 KPI Cockpit
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        Based on the VDMA standard sheet 66412 and ISO/DIS 22400-2, ZEISS GUARDUS KPI cockpit provides key performance indicators (KPI) for each business control level. The MES indicators are available at every level in real-time, whether top management, department heads, or shop floor workers and provide detailed information about the current quality situation.

      • 3.2 Workflow-Management
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        Das ZEISS GUARDUS Workflow-Management gehört zur Systembasis und steht in sämtlichen ZEISS GUARDUS Modulen zur Verfügung. Diese Funktionalität ist generisch konzipiert und auf alle Produkt- und Prozessdaten innerhalb der ZEISS GUARDUS Datenbank anwendbar. Das Ziel: Automatisierung von Abläufen.

      • 3.3 Document Management
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        The Document Management module provides the right documents and content for every task related to quality and production management. Take quality planning and project management (APQP) as an example. These activities require access to technical drawings, initial sampling (PPAP), production control plans or inspection plans.

      • 3.5 GUARDipedia
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        The central information source, GUARDipedia, ensures the goal-oriented knowledge transfer regarding all the ZEISS GUARDUS standard functions, from the transparent module overview via the tips & tricks up to the detailed resource and field descriptions. GUARDipedia can be directly called from the MES as an online-help.

    • Integration
      • 4.1 ERP/PPS Integration
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        Various master data, operation charts, orders and bills of materials as well as movement of goods and other data are the domains of the ERP and PPS systems. They provide important initial values for quality and production management. Therefore, the cost effect integration of ZEISS GUARDUS into the IT infrastructure is an absolute necessity.

      • 4.2 SAP Integration
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        The standardization of interfaces represents an important premise for a cost effective software implementation and long-term cost control (i.e: release upgrades). ZEISS GUARDUS is found in several medium-sized discrete manufacturing businesses. Since SAP is an ERP system that is commonly found in these enterprises, the integration of our software into the SAP platform is very important to our customers. Over 50% of ZEISS GUARDUS´ customers have implemented SAP or are considering a SAP deployment.

  • User Reports
    • Automotive
      • User Report MEFRO-WHEELS GMBH
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        With ZEISS GUARDUS as the central element of all QM-processes and through the certification according to the ISO/TS 16949-standard, the First Tier Supplier achieves the highest level of quality management in the automotive field.

      • User Report INTEVA PRODUCTS ROOF SYSTEMS GERMANY GMBH
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        Suppliers in the automotive industry have to meet the highest standards of quality and traceability. Without exception, the impeccable documentation of raw materials, the parts used and production parameters is critical to the manufacturing process. For Inteva products, these standards are efficiently implemented through the ZEISS GUARDUS Manufacturing Execution System (MES) with a keen focus on integrated process data, direct connections of manufacturing equipment and user-friendly interfaces.

      • User Report DECOMA DECOFORM GMBH
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        The Decoma Decoform Inc. (located in Altbach and Sulzbach) is a subsidiary of the Magna Exterior System. The manufacturer of automotive exterior designs which produces bumpers, exterior trim components, large body panels and metal running boards.

    • Medical Technology
      • User Report SANNER GMBH
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        Carl Zeiss MES Solutions GmbH is a leading supplier in the field of MES-systems. The rigorous process orientation asks for new IT concepts: As many systems as necessary, as few as possible. Fulfilling this demand ZEISS GUARDUS represents an ideal subsystem in the SAP-field.

      • User Report GAMBRO DIALYSATOREN GMBH
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        Carl Zeiss MES Solutions GmbH is an internationally renowned software developer simplifying manufacturing execution and quality management through the implementation of specialized software. With more than 25 years of experience servicing high quality and high responsibility discrete manufacturers, such as Gambro Dialysatoren GMBH & Co. KG, ZEISS GUARDUS brings the expertise necessary to accelerate processes for forward looking enterprises.

    • Electronics
      • User Report SENNHEISER ELECTRONIC GMBH & CO. KG
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        Carl Zeiss MES Solutions GmbH is a leading provider of CAQ and MES systems. The development of new IT concepts (as many systems as necessary, as few as possible) is a major part of a continuous process orientation. With its constant attention to the demands of the electronics industry, ZEISS GUARDUS has become an essential subsystem in the JD Edwards and Lotus Notes environment at Sennheiser electronic GmbH & Co.KG.

      • User Report BJB GMBH & CO. KG
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        In terms of technology and quality, BJB is one of the leaders in the field of ingenious lighting technology. The company that began its existence by manufacturing components for oil lamps approximately 150 years ago has nowadays a globally oriented mass production for all electrical connections between the power source and the lamp.

      • User Report BDT MEDIA AUTOMATION GMBH
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        Carl Zeiss MES Solutions GmbH is a leading provider of MES systems. The company’s strength is especially in the field of manufacturing industry. An increasing number of companies rely on the know-how and competence of software technology in the optimisation of their production processes.

    • Aerospace
      • Anwenderbericht ZF LUFTFAHRTTECHNIK GMBH
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        Die Carl Zeiss MES Solutions GmbH ist führender Anbieter im Bereich von MES-Systemen. Die Stärke des Unternehmens liegt vor Allem im Bereich der Fertigungsindustrie. Immer mehr Unternehmen verlassen sich auf das Know-how und die Kompetenz der Softwaretechnik bei der Optimierung ihrer Produktionsprozesse.

      • User Report MTU AERO ENGINES GMBH
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        Carl Zeiss MES Solutions GmbH is the leading provider of production and quality management software for a multitude of discrete manufacturing industries. Every day companies rely on GUARDUS experience and software engineering expertise to optimize their production processes.

    • Plastics
      • User Report SANNER GMBH
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        Carl Zeiss MES Solutions GmbH is a leading supplier in the field of MES-systems. The rigorous process orientation asks for new IT concepts: As many systems as necessary, as few as possible. Fulfilling this demand ZEISS GUARDUS represents an ideal subsystem in the SAP-field.

      • User Report GAMBRO DIALYSATOREN GMBH
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        Carl Zeiss MES Solutions GmbH is an internationally renowned software developer simplifying manufacturing execution and quality management through the implementation of specialized software. With more than 25 years of experience servicing high quality and high responsibility discrete manufacturers, such as Gambro Dialysatoren GMBH & Co. KG, ZEISS GUARDUS brings the expertise necessary to accelerate processes for forward looking enterprises.

      • User Report FINSTRAL AG
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        A continuously inspected and certified quality represents one of the most important characteristics of the products manufactured by Finstral AG, a renowned producer of highly qualitative windows, doors, and glazed extensions, operating at the European level. The quality philosophy of the industry leader in terms of sustainable customer satisfaction will be supported by the Manufacturing Execution System ZEISS GUARDUS in all the quality relevant production and maintenance processes in the area of profile extrusion as well as in the highly integrated detailed planning for an efficient production control.

      • User Report DECOMA DECOFORM GMBH
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        The Decoma Decoform Inc. (located in Altbach and Sulzbach) is a subsidiary of the Magna Exterior System. The manufacturer of automotive exterior designs which produces bumpers, exterior trim components, large body panels and metal running boards.

    • Assembly
    • Metalworking
      • User Report TUBEX TUBENFABRIK WOLFSBERG GMBH
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        With a yearly production of around 320 million aluminium tubes, the Austrian plant in Wolfsberg of the packaging specialist Tubex is one of the most modern tube plants in the world. Oriented to meet the rigorous demands of the pharmaceutical industry, multi-level quality inspections and detailed GMP conforming documentation aim to ensure the highest quality. The basis of this is the Manufacturing Execution System ZEISS GUARDUS.

      • User Report MEFRO-WHEELS GMBH
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        With ZEISS GUARDUS as the central element of all QM-processes and through the certification according to the ISO/TS 16949-standard, the First Tier Supplier achieves the highest level of quality management in the automotive field.

      • User Report LAYHER GMBH & CO.KG
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        Continuous Quality Control for Quick and Efficient Incoming Goods Management! Carl Zeiss MES Solutions GmbH is the leading provider of production and quality management software for a multitude of discrete manufacturing industries. Every day companies rely on GUARDUS experience and software engineering expertise to optimize their production processes.

      • User Report HUGO KERN UND LIEBERS GMBH & CO. KG
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        Do not test quality, produce it – this is the credo of the company Hugo Kern und Liebers GmbH & Co. KG. With its 50 locations in 19 countries all over the world, the corporate group is one of the most important suppliers for the system manufacturers of the automotive industry, textile industry, and consumer goods industry. In order to globally comply with the highest quality standards and safety requirements for their precision products made of flat steel and wire, the group has opted for the quality

      • User Report ARI-ARMATUREN GMBH & CO.KG
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        Made in Germany: Quality you can count on ARI-Armaturen ensures quality for over 10,000 different products with the ZEISS GUARDUS

    • Roll Manufacturing
      • User Report HUHTAMAKI FLEXIBLE PACKAGING GERMANY GMBH & CO. KG
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        In order to entirely cover all the aspects of quality management when pursuing the Zero Defect Strategy, the company utilizes the specialised software ZEISS GUARDUS. The system of Carl Zeiss MES Solutions GmbH from Ulm manages, controls and monitors all the quality-relevant processes, tasks and data along the value chain on a central platform.

      • User Report SIG COMBIBLOC GMBH
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        Reel Games in the Production and Quality Management! Companies that manufacture their final product from reels and sheets represent a complex challenge for IT systems that accompany their production processes. Extensive GUARDUS know-how and the system architecture and functions of its Manufacturing Execution System (MES) empowers companies with solutions to successfully manage this complexit

  • Whitepaper/Flyer
    • Flyer
      • ZEISS GUARDUS MES Flyer
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        Our solution ZEISS GUARDUS guarantees the highest flexibility and individuality. When the standard software application ZEISS GUARDUS is implemented at the customer’s location in situ, it becomes ‘their’ solution which generates significant benefits and enthusiasm.

      • ZEISS GUARDUS CAQ Flyer
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        GUARDUS Computer Aided Quality (CAQ) delivers the highest standards of quality management in the manufacturing industry and provides much more than mere functionality. With it, you can take advantage of maximum transparency and continuity in all quality processes and tasks along your value chain.

      • ZEISS GUARDUS Training Descriptions
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        Our training courses are also modular. In this way, every user finds the right training for his or her area of responsibility

    • Whitepaper
      • No More Chit-Chat in the Schoolyard about Industry 4.0
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        A group of experts from different areas of activity gather to debate, together with the German Engineering Association (VDMA) and MES-Profi GUARDUS, efficient strategies for the digital transformation of the productive economy

  • Press
    • Press
      • SOLDIS Becomes ZEISS Business Solutions Partner in Poland
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        Competence Center for ZEISS GUARDUS strengthens global expansion strategy for digital manufacturing - Ulm/Oberkochen, 6. August 2019 – By naming SOLDIS Sp.z o.o a ZEISS business solutions partner, the ZEISS Group is further expanding its core competency in manufacturing execution systems (MES) on the Polish market. ZEISS has forged a close partnership with SOLDIS over many years with regard to the sales and implementation of the ZEISS GUARDUS software platform in Poland.

      • Sanner GmbH uses ZEISS software platform for its strategic manufacturing platform
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        Greater Efficiency Thanks to Digital Manufacturing with ZEISS GUARDUS - Ulm/Oberkochen, 2. August 2019 – In an effort to establish a sustainable, future-proof production IT system, Sanner GmbH recently opted to comprehensively upgrade its ZEISS GUARDUS manufacturing execution system (MES), which it has been deploying for many years to ensure the integrated monitoring and control of all its quality and production management processes.

      • Low Inspection Costs, High Production Performance
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        The new quality matrix of ZEISS GUARDUS configures and controls the type and logic of the entire inspection process - Ulm/Oberkochen, 8 March 2019 – The new function “Quality Matrix” of ZEISS GUARDUS answers the question that preoccupies many industrial companies: How can I centrally configure and dynamically adapt the type and logic of my inspection process at any time? The objective of the new module of Carl Zeiss MES Solutions GmbH located in Ulm is to reduce the costs consistently and, at the same time, to increase production performance, namely the number of manufactured pieces per time unit.

      • Hexagon xperion relies on ZEISS GUARDUS for MES
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        A software partner you can learn from - Ulm/Oberkochen, January 9th, 2019 – Hexagon xperion GmbH's high-pressure vessels for the storage and transportation of compressed gases - especially hydrogen and natural gas - are at home all over the world and provide the world market leader from Kassel, headquartered in Aalesund, Norway, with sustained strong growth.

      • Continuity with Customised Products
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        Press Release - Ulm, 14 June 2018: Stability and co-determination further belong to the keystones of the customer philosophy of GUARDUS, which is now part of the ZEISS Group. At the end of April 2018, ZEISS and GUARDUS have announced that the software solutions supplier for computer-supported quality assurance and production man-agement systems based in the German city of Ulm has become a wholly owned subsidiary of the ZEISS group. This involves changes which the MES specialists from Ulm will be undergoing and which can only be implemented gradually.

      • ZEISS Acquires Analysis and Production Management Software Supplier
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        Press Release Oberkochen/Ulm, 24.04.2018 – ZEISS and GUARDUS have announced that the software solutions supplier for computer-supported quality assurance and production management systems based in the Ulm, German has become a wholly owned subsidiary of the ZEISS Group. The integration of GUARDUS into the Zeiss Industrial Metrology (IMT) business group will further strengthen its position as a partner for increasing productivity in digital manufacturing.

      • GUARDUS ends 2017 with a hat-trick
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        Press Release, 30.01.18: For the third consecutive year, the specialist for Manufacturing Execution Systems, GUARDUS Solutions AG, yields double-digit growth. Moreover, with an increase of 20 per cent in the business year 2017, the software manufacturer from Ulm achieved the highest organic growth since the foundation of the company. The growth registered in 2016 was 15 per cent and in 2015 17 per cent.

      • Raumedic gears for Industry 4.0
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        Press release, 21.09.17: Raumedic AG is introducing a new IT-based quality-assurance and production-control system as a way of raising its high quality standards and further boosting the efficiency of its production process. Under the company’s plan, the system will be installed in all Raumedic production locations in Germany and the United States by 2019. The medical technology manufacturer reached an agreement on this goal with the software provider Guardus Solutions, the company that in October will design the machine link for both existing machinery of Raumedic and for future investments.

      • Gerresheimer Medical Systems has opted for GUARDUS MES
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        Press Release - 03.07.17: High quality standards as well as an agile innovation culture represent the fundamental pillars of the value system of the Gerresheimer Group. This is the reason why the leading global partner to the pharma and healthcare industry has decided to modernise its software fundament regarding the Manufacturing Execution Systems (MES) in the segment of medical systems.

      • What Lasts Long ... First the Market, Then the Norm
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        Press Release - 22.06.17: Due to the international Industry 4.0 movement, the philosophy of integrated data management in quality and production management has received a sustainable dynamic impulse. What the producers of the Manufacturing Execution Systems such as the company from Ulm, GUARDUS Solutions AG, have been bringing to the market for 15 years now is finding a large audience in the meantime ...

      • GUARDUS Solutions AG celebrates 15 years of successful company history
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        Press Release - 12. Mai 2017 - Worthy Entrepreneurial Vision: Moving into the future with self-determination without forgetting the roots – this is the recipe of success that made GUARDUS Solutions belong to the most important providers of Manufacturing Execution Systems. For 15 years now, the software development of holistic shop floor concepts has turned into a mission for the software house in Ulm.

      • Connected World im modernen Teile-Tourismus
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        Press Release - 28. März 2017: Hannover Fair 2017, 24-28 April, Hall 7, Stand D28 - Manufacturing Execution System GUARDUS MES provides for integrated data intelligence in decentralised, automated manufacturing processesn - With its “Connected World”, the MES of the company GUARDUS Solutions AG in Ulm masters the complex relationship network between employee, machine, material and tool in the modern production concepts.

      • Smart Software for More Efficiency and Flexibility in the Shop Floor Processes
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        Press Release - 27. Februar 2017: Control 2017 –Stuttgart Fair – 9-12 May – Hall 1, Stand 1617 - Manufacturing Execution System GUARDUS MES with new smart functions for action management, graphical inspection/defect data handling and checklist collection - Quick supply, intelligent functions and comfortable operating – these are the labels for the future of the shop floor IT.

      • The MES specialist GUARDUS celebrates the success of its knowledge platform GUARDipedia
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        Press Release - 29. August 2016: The Secret of Successful Software Solutions Is the User Acceptance. The human centred design philosophy of the MES specialist, GUARDUS Solutions AG, has set a benchmark in the field of software and user ergonomics for many years. An example of it is also the knowledge platform GUARDipedia, which has offered exceptional comfort to the customers of the Manufacturing Execution Systems GUARDUS MES for more than three years.

      • The pharmaceutical company medac has opted for GUARDUS MES
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        Press Release - Ulm, 3. Februar 2016: Efficiency and Compliance with the GMP - Extremely strict regulations apply to the manufacturing of medicines and therapeutic agents. In order to comply with these regulations in a more efficient way than ever before, the pharmaceutical company, medac, from Hamburg has opted for the implementation of a Manufacturing Execution System in the sector of packaging.