Ventra Sandusky, a member of the auto-parts maker Flex-N-Gate, awarded eFlex Systems a project to provide traceability and vision storage software in its plant for the production of Ford F-150 headlamps and taillights.

With the addition of eFlex’s Track & Trace solution, Ventra will be able to capture full product traceability and genealogy within its production process.

The eFlex MES software suite allows users, in real-time, to capture part storage, status, marriage, tracking, RFID recovery, quality gates and reporting.

According to George Jewell, vice president at eFlex, "We are excited to partner with Ventra Sandusky in providing a web-based MES solution to meet their traceability needs.  With our robust, sub-second response times, we feel Ventra will be able to maximize quality and production efficiencies."

A second software module, eFlex Vision, will also be implemented in the Ventra production facility. eFlex Vision provides an integrated environment for storing and retrieving process images from vision inspection systems.

Additionally, eFlex Vision provides the manufacturing plant with statistical and reporting tools to determine vision system integrity, provide real-time warnings and alarms, and stores all images in a central location. Through a web-interface, images can be easily searched by part serial number, date/time range, station, camera, pass/fail or any combination of these fields.

"The costs associated with faulty component parts, incorrect assembly operations and warranty claims can be extremely high for manufacturers," Jewell said in a statement. "We feel confident that the addition of our Track & Trace and vision software in the Ventra Sandusky plant will ensure high quality standards are met while minimizing warranty costs."

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