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Greater Efficiency Thanks to Digital Manufacturing with ZEISS GUARDUS

Sanner GmbH uses ZEISS software platform for its strategic manufacturing platform

2 August 2019

Ulm/Germany, Oberkochen/Germany | 2 August 2019 | ZEISS Industrial Quality Solutions

In an effort to establish a sustainable, future-proof production IT system, Sanner GmbH recently opted to comprehensively upgrade its ZEISS GUARDUS manufacturing execution system (MES), which it has been deploying for many years to ensure the integrated monitoring and control of all its quality and production management processes. Sanner GmbH is headquartered in Bensheim, Germany, and is one of the world’s leading suppliers of innovative packaging systems for pharmaceutical applications.

“As the central system in our IT landscape, ZEISS GUARDUS is the key to ongoing improvements in process management and the driver for digitalizing our production processes,” says Karsten Ernst, Head of IT at Sanner GmbH. This multi-stage evolution plan focuses on the development and implementation of new process functions in the areas of Production Management, Machine Integration and Reporting. Furthermore, a particular focal point is the complete elimination of paper- and Excel-based ‘shadow processes.’ “If we want to drive the digitalization of the manufacturing and communication processes, all workflows must be represented in the MES without any media disruptions. That’s the only way to ensure long-term efficiency gains through Smart Production,” says Ernst

Selection of packing solutions from Sanner GmbH

Selection of packing solutions from Sanner GmbH

The ZEISS GUARDUS project upgrade will be implemented in a four-stage process: the technical implementation of the new system environment and a functional gap analysis of both the existing and target software versions will be followed by training for all MES users and validation of the adapted processes. The next stage of the process will involve the development and configuration of new functions based on core components such as statistical inspection planning, process data collection and analysis, connection of inspection equipment, production data reporting and traceability, as well as personnel deployment planning and maintenance. “As part of this comprehensive upgrade, we’re laying the foundation for consistent production reporting across all sites worldwide. We’re also expecting to see more dynamic, less time-consuming inspection activities in our daily business through results-oriented inspection planning,” says Ernst describing the added value. Stages 3 and 4 focus on the pilot implementation of the new processes, as well as the rollout at the production facilities in Bensheim (Germany) and Budapest (Hungary).

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ZEISS is an internationally leading technology enterprise operating in the fields of optics and optoelectronics. In the previous fiscal year, the ZEISS Group generated annual revenue totaling 8.8 billion euros in its four segments Semiconductor Manufacturing Technology, Industrial Quality & Research, Medical Technology and Consumer Markets (status: 30 September 2022).

For its customers, ZEISS develops, produces and distributes highly innovative solutions for industrial metrology and quality assurance, microscopy solutions for the life sciences and materials research, and medical technology solutions for diagnostics and treatment in ophthalmology and microsurgery. The name ZEISS is also synonymous with the world's leading lithography optics, which are used by the chip industry to manufacture semiconductor components. There is global demand for trendsetting ZEISS brand products such as eyeglass lenses, camera lenses and binoculars.

With a portfolio aligned with future growth areas like digitalization, healthcare and Smart Production and a strong brand, ZEISS is shaping the future of technology and constantly advancing the world of optics and related fields with its solutions. The company's significant, sustainable investments in research and development lay the foundation for the success and continued expansion of ZEISS' technology and market leadership. ZEISS invests 13 percent of its revenue in research and development – this high level of expenditure has a long tradition at ZEISS and is also an investment in the future.

With over 40,000 employees, ZEISS is active globally in almost 50 countries with around 30 production sites, 60 sales and service companies and 27 research and development facilities (status: 31 March 2023). Founded in 1846 in Jena, the company is headquartered in Oberkochen, Germany. The Carl Zeiss Foundation, one of the largest foundations in Germany committed to the promotion of science, is the sole owner of the holding company, Carl Zeiss AG.

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ZEISS Industrial Quality Solutions

ZEISS Industrial Quality Solutions is a leading manufacturer of multidimensional metrology solutions. These include coordinate measuring machines, optical and multisensor systems, microscopy systems for industrial quality assurance as well as metrology software for the automotive, aircraft, mechanical engineering, plastics and medical technology industries. Innovative technologies such as 3D X-ray metrology for quality inspection round off the portfolio. In addition, ZEISS Industrial Quality Solutions offers a broad global spectrum of customer services with ZEISS Quality Excellence Centers close to its customers. The company is headquartered in Oberkochen. Production and development sites outside Germany are located in Minneapolis in the USA, Shanghai (China) and Bangalore (India). ZEISS Industrial Quality Solutions is part of the Industrial Quality & Research segment.

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