Original Date: 04/28/1995
Revision Date: 01/18/2007
Information : Manufacturing Systems
In response to a need to reduce the associated total costs of information systems, Lockheed Martin developed an Aerospace Planning Execution Control System (APECS), a three-tiered architectural system to integrate the Shop Floor Control Systems, Manufacturing Information Systems, Process and Test Documentation System, and Material Requirements Planning System. The previous system did not have the capability to integrate the multiple components into a single system. Consequently, Lockheed Martin advanced the development of a new system to maintain the following objectives:
Reduce end-user costs of information systems to correspond to a reduced manufacturing base. Modify production operations’ systems to support business change to more research and development programs.
Improve end-user productivity.
Support strategic corporate goal to create an integrated enterprise.
The APECS, which Lockheed Martin started developing in the early 1990s, consists of a Factory Control and Tracking System (FACTS) to replace multiple existing Shop Floor Control Systems, Routing and Process Instruction Development (RAPID) to manage Process and Test Documentation, Simplified Material and Requirements Tracking (SMART) to perform Material Requirement Planning, and a Manufacturing Reporting System (MRS) to provide Manufacturing Information. The FACTS and RAPID are in use, and the SMART and the MRS will be implemented. Implementation of the entire integrated system will be completed before 2000. The integration hardware for the Distributed APECS Architecture consists of UNIX servers and Windows workstations and are tied together by a LAN.
This system increases user efficiency, provides common reporting tools for manufacturing, provides scalable capabilities for changing business, promotes standardization across business functions, and places information analysis in the hands of the user.
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