Cirrus Aircraft Selects iBASEt’s Solumina

iBASEt, a provider of operations process management (OPM); manufacturing execution system and manufacturing operations management (MES/MOM); supplier quality assurance (SQA); and maintenance, repair, and overhaul (MRO) software to complex industries, has announced that Cirrus Aircraft, a recognized leader in general aviation, selected iBASEt’s flagship Solumina MES software package, to be implemented at its Minnesota facility. 

Solumina’s Supplier Quality Assurance (SQA) suite will also be used by 10 supplier sites. In addition, Cirrus will be using Solumina’s catalog PTC Windchill integration package, receiving manufacturing bill of materials (mBOMs) and 3D Visualization of CAD models from Windchill. Solumina will also integrate to Cirrus’ current ERP system (reportedly QAD Enterprise Applications) to create one integrated manufacturing enterprise.

Solumina might have competed here with such typical solutions as Camstar and CIMx Software. Cirrus reportedly selected Solumina to eliminate many of its disparate systems, improve part and resource traceability and visibility, and improve quality by reducing the probability of errors from data re-entry and data duplication. Solumina often prevails in these opportunities because of it offers the deep functionality that these types of companies need.

iBASEt’s proposition is to completely eliminate old paper-based processes by re-engineering how a manufacturing company does business processes online. The vendor has had the fortune of working with many market leaders, and it has learned a lot along the way and put that knowledge back into the product. iBASEt is positioning its software as a critical link between Engineering (product lifecycle management) and Business Systems (enterprise resource plannng), a link that brings the shop floor into critical enterprise business processes.

There are more than 140 plants using Solumina, over 40,000 seats sold. iBASEt has traditionally focused on Fortune 500 companies, but thanks to some new partnerships it is going downmarket to lower tier suppliers. The vendor’s banner customers include EADS Astrium, Northrop Grumman, General Dynamics, Lockheed Martin, Gulfstream Aircraft, and NASA.

Old-school MES providers such as iBASEt are defending their turf well against large PLM providers that offer their own MES offerings. Companies like Dassault Systèmes and Siemens PLM Software, who have recently acquired Apriso and Preactor, respectively, must continue to provide open solutions to integrate their CAD/PLM solutions to any MES, not just their own. Customers demand that level of interoperability (the same holds for ERP providers offering their own MES wares). Customers will not be dictated what MES to use by their PLM/ERP vendor, so it is not enough to just acquire an MES product, the new owners have to continue investing in that product to keep it competitive.
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