- November 3, 2021
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Infor, the industry cloud company, has acquired Lighthouse Systems, a leading provider of manufacturing execution system (MES) software for smart manufacturing. The company’s flagship product, Shopfloor-Online, assists manufacturers in managing and improving manufacturing operations such as production, quality, inventory, and maintenance.
The MES solution from Lighthouse Systems, which can be fully integrated into Infor CloudSuite ERP (enterprise resource planning) systems, will assist Infor in meeting a critical customer requirement of 24×7 manufacturing operations. Infor anticipates that its ability to offer a fully integrated solution “out of the box” will significantly reduce time to value for customers who are looking to implement ERP and MES together.
“MES solutions are critical for manufacturing organisations that want to ensure data consistency and real-time visibility across all plant operations,” said Infor CEO Kevin Samuelson. “Integrating these capabilities with our industry-specific ERP systems will help us deliver even more powerful solutions to manufacturing organisations, as they look to digitise their operations and grow their businesses.”
Based in Crawley, UK, about 30 miles south of London, Lighthouse Systems has major offices in the UK, the United States and Singapore. Its approximately 100 employees serve customers worldwide in focus industries such as automotive, building & construction, food & beverage, life science, machinery & equipment, packaging, and sustainable energy.
Lighthouse Systems customers include Ball Corporation, Formica, Lucite International, Nissan, Benteler, and the Timken Company.
Tim Barber, company director at Lighthouse Systems, said, “We are delighted to join forces with Infor to further the operational excellence initiatives of our manufacturing customers. We have 30 years of experience delivering MES solutions to discrete and process manufacturers worldwide. These solutions are not only key to executing production efficiently, they also are essential building blocks for smart manufacturing and digital transformation.”
The Shopfloor-Online product from Lighthouse Systems enables smart manufacturing by consolidating all manufacturing operations into a centralised software system that is accessible 24 hours a day, seven days a week. The system, which can be deployed in the cloud or on-premises, connects the factory with a single thread of critical data that is accessible both on the shop floor and throughout the enterprise.
The company was recognised as one of the Honorable Mentions in the 2021 Gartner® Magic Quadrant™ for Manufacturing Execution Systems report.*
Infor’s acquisition of Lighthouse Systems closed today, and financial terms are not being disclosed.
*Gartner, “Magic Quadrant for Manufacturing Execution Systems,” Rick Franzosa, Christian Hestermann, March 30, 2021.
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