Glass & Ceramics

LYNQ is reinventing manufacturing execution system (MES) software for glass and ceramics manufacturers running job shop, batch production or production lines.

The UK produces a whopping four million tonnes of glass each year, and is worth £1.3 billion to the national economy.

Ceramics is also big business here, with revenue of more than £425 million. Together, these industries employ around 12,000 people across the country.

For the many companies that operate in these traditional sectors, however, the road to operational efficiency contains a number of unique obstacles.

Non-conventional methods

Glass and ceramic production environments differ greatly from traditional manufacturing factories; machines are replaced by intensive firing and moulding processes.

Health and safety concerns

The nature of glass-making can make it dangerous, with workers constantly exposed to high temperatures. Regulations must be stringent.

Sustainability pressures

High-temperature production methods are energy-intensive, and carbon emissions are a constant concern for company bosses.

Increased competition

Recent environmental pressures have caused production costs to rise, making it difficult for firms to compete internationally.

Achieving delivery, quality and financial goals relies on the effectiveness of your resources. Getting the most from your employees and machines goes beyond scheduling. It requires intelligent insight and complete visibility of where time is being lost, using technology that can automate data collection and optimise workflow, to seamlessly connect planning and production activities.

LYNQ is built to complement the best-of-breed ERP systems your company already relies on, and can improve operations in a number of ways.

  • Gain visibility of your extended supply chain by calculating supplier performance, lead time and forecast error – making it easy to optimise processes and get products out more quickly.
  • Enhance factory-wide safety by attaching regulatory and best practice information to each individual job.
  • Go paperless and increase sustainability in the production environment by relying instead on online document storage and a robust messaging system.
  • Track machine and employee performance using powerful and accurate real-time data, giving you the chance to identify opportunities for improvement.

LYNQ is already helping glass and ceramics manufacturers around the world to reach their full potential.

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