Solution Spotlight: MES Solutions for Today—and Tomorrow

By Julie Bos

With the continual drive for “smarter” data to optimize optical labs, many equipment manufacturers have stepped up with solutions. Here are two options available:

Schneider Modulo Line and Control Center

Modulo is a holistic system covering all process steps necessary to produce a lens, including the in-line quality control and production management. The cognitive machines manage the production flow all by themselves and are fully self-sufficient. The result is an unprecedented level of equipment utilization in lens production and unmatched throughput.

The interface to the Modulo world is the Control Center dedicated to the specific needs of the ophthalmic industry that constantly sources, analyses and prepares the machine and process data for their individual use in the lab. It distinguishes between four different roles: The line driver, quality manager, service manager, and lab manager. Each of them is perfectly served with relevant information by the system. More than just a monitoring system, the Control Center provides intelligence that goes beyond, for example, route-cause analyses for lens breakage. Labs and production facilities have the chance to control and intervene in their production line from any location.

Through the intelligent interaction of the machine modules, quality management and Control Center, the Modulo Line not only fulfills all the requirements of Industry 4.0 but even exceeds them. The latest addition to the Modulo world is Schneider’s brand new virtual service management system, the Computerized Maintenance Management System (CMMS) Modulo.

CMMS Modulo is intended to fill the gap between the knowledge available and required to perform preventive and reactive maintenance at the best level, thus increasing upkeep and efficiency. The system serves as a source of intelligence on how to do maintenance and troubleshoot, providing maintenance plans, step-by-step guides and parts packages. Schneider offers virtual service assistance using VR-glasses to get a live feed of the system from a remote location and support service technicians to complete the maintenance task. For additional information, visit:

Satisloh MES-360

Satisloh has partnered with MES company, S4P, to produce the MES-360. The MES-360 hub is the central SQL-database, which stores manufacturing and production data for all lab processes. Machines and quality inspection stations are directly connected. All processes are monitored while data is collected, displayed in real-time and tracked referencing each unique job and process step. Because most labs use equipment from more than one manufacturer, MES-360 is an open system that connects to both Satisloh and other machines. It interfaces with most LMS and ERP systems and can be easily installed in any software and product environment.

 Available in modules, MES-360 can be customized to fit a lab’s specific manufacturing needs and modules can be added as needed over time. The Machine Monitoring collects machine status data for each piece of equipment and provides productivity reports with machine utilization and lenses produced. The software can send alerts if machines are not producing. The Conveyor Routing intelligently controls conveyor systems, directing jobs to available machines and allowing routing based on specific job parameters (e.g. lens material, base curves, Rx, etc.) to maximize utilization of available equipment, lower tool costs and speed up processing times. The Breakage Tracking module tracks breakage by job and machine, enabling effective troubleshooting of quality issues by tracking problems back to specific machines, lens materials or Rxs. Finally, the Coating Batch Tracking module and Proactive Scheduling module (for forward-looking management of machine availability, capacity and employees) are also available.

Later this year, Satisloh will release its Proactive Process Control module, which will use statistical process control to improve quality, productivity and cost. Features will include the automatic halt of production in case of quality deviations, predictive maintenance of equipment, big data analysis, and paperless manufacturing. It will also monitor processing temperatures, spindle amperage and quality deviations to enable automated and dynamic decision making. For additional details, visit:



Labtalk June 2020