Production Data Management System (PDMS)

The most advanced Manufacturing Software

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Key Benefits


Less time for filling paper forms

✔️ digital forms filled automatically
✔️ modelling process workflow
✔️ steps divided for roles
✔️ deviations recognizing


Higher machines
up time

✔️ microstops detection with auto name
✔️ algorithm to find root causes
✔️ MTBF analysis per machine/item



✔️ sending recipies on the fly
✔️ centerlining
✔️ operator guidance

Ultra Manufacturing System

The Production Data Management System consists of a modern complete MES system and three add-ons: Paperless, Microstops and Machine Control. The most significant advantage is deep integration with the automation level – starting from reading thousands of alarms and production data directly from PLCs and ending on automated changeovers on the fly with recipes management. All your production is paperless as all the forms and instructions are digitised and standardised. This solution let you focus on production optimisation as all data is gathered automatically.

When we think about making the decision we ask ourselves if we have data, real data that we can trust.

You probably gather already basic data from machines like counters, major machine states, production reports from operators. If you want to go to another level as an organisation think about much more data – data that is available in the machine


We take all data from the machine and give you aggregated, well-presented data. Based on them you know where is the bottleneck, you know where to focus your lean actions, you know what is not working as it should. This is what PDMS brings right to you.


Documentation and forms. Right now you probably display some PDF instruction already on the panels for operators. We want to take you even further. There are still plenty of forms that operators must fill manually or on the PC (e.g. in Excel). We make them digital, to be more precise – you do that on your own with our drag&drop tool. You create forms, fields, we fill them automatically and guide the operator step by step on what is needed to be done.


Automatization. Thanks to the deep machine integration we can send setpoints and recipes directly to your machines. Automatically.

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PDMS Functionalities

Machine Connectivity

Deep integration

By built-in communication protocols in ANT’s platform, thousands of data from PLCs are read. Not only production counters but as well alarms, process parameters or machine’s setpoints. The second side of integration is automatically sending recipes and setpoints to PLC during production start as part of the changeover.

Production execution


Besides production monitoring and guiding the operator, focus on automatisation – display most optimised production plan (by ANT RTS), monitor production in real-time and gather production data automatically.

Defect handling​

Automatisation part 2​

Gather information about defects, scrap, and rejects automatically-monitor the machine’s signals when the defect was detected, integrate with a vision control system to understand reasons and defects frequency. Then analyse the production environment to find you what events happened on the machine and make data correlation.

OEE Analysis​

OEE drill-down​

Find out the root cause of low OEE – especially the availability factor. With built-in reports and dashboards, you can understand the main reason and start action to improve it. The OEE begins with the machine and ends with the whole factory and group.

Digital Documentation​

Instructions on the screen​

Transfer all your documentation and instructions to digital. Operators can use them right at the machine for production and quality, technology, maintenance, or changeover. Integrate PDMS with external software where you hold documentation, with a shared folder in your network or store it with ANT.

Online Visualization​

Empower and engage

Everyone can see what the production progress is. It is shared across the factory, across the group. Anyone can see current failures, their reasons and actual OEE calculation. Transparent production and worth trusting data is the direction to empower people.

Dashboard & Reports

Data you trust

Gathering tons of data can make an unnecessary noise – this is why we analyse the data before presenting it. Straightforward, easy to understand charts and reports are showing already aggregated data. It drives tangible actions on how to improve the process and make your OEE higher.

Master Data​

Details are important​

To analyse data, you need to have data (report it). To report data, you need to build a model. This model is technology. Routings, BOMs, items and materials, orders are too little. You need to dive into details – activities (or step-by-step), quality limits (or tolerances), recipes and flows. Don’t forget about validations and alerts escalations.

Deep integration with machines Bottlenecks, too much-used component or process parameters – with native communication with PLCs, we read lots of data, analyse them and present them to you.
Autofilling the forms Remove paperwork from the shopfloor – replace it with self-filling forms for production, quality or maintenance.
Micro-stops identification We focus on getting as much valuable data from machines as possible. Automatically gathering data about micro-stops and their reasons help managers to maximise availability and OEE.
Changeovers on the fly With two-way communication with machines, automatically send recipes and setpoints to save time and ensure process standardisation.
Production under control Built-in reports help you monitor production in real-time, including OEE, production progress, maintenance calls, machine states and quality alerts.

    Maintenance ANDON​

    It’s all about knowledge

    Fast notification about the failure – check. Quick access to tips about failures history on this machine and not only – check. Knowledge base for maintenance works – check. Monitoring MWT, MTTR, MTTF, MTBF – check.

    maintenance andon screen mes

    System Integration​

    No double work

    We import to the ANT platform any data from the external system. The integration is done with different systems – ERP (e.g. SAP S/4HANA, JD Edwards), APS, CMMS, WMS, QMS, etc. The communication is usually two-directional and ANT sends reports and production data to 3rd party system. The range of ways how to integrate with those systems is vast.


    Upstream, downstream and validation​

    Each component is scanned on mobile devices at any part of the production line and machine. The system monitors stacks of the components at the line and alerts when they might run of. It’s essential to automatise scanning and printing the labels on the stations.

    Reworks Management​

    Automated paths

    Once the defect is reported with a particular defect code, the system updates this part’s route on the shopfloor according to the rework path. The reworks can be bundles with one label or identified separately. The system monitors a maximum number of possible reworks that are acceptable per part.

    Quality Inspections​

    Data gathered automatically​

    Thanks to machine connectivity, we gather all quality parameters automatically and validate them against set tolerances. Such monitoring is done according to set technology. Condition-based monitoring and control charts help factories to find the unstable processes in earlier phases.
    quality inspections screens


    Forms and auto-filling​

    Create any form that needs to be filled during production, changeover, quality, or other activities. The forms you can create in ANT’s Forms Builder and user drag&drag tool. Decide which fields will be filled automatically, the source of the data and the flow for following step-by-step instructions.

    Microstops Monitoring

    Finally – stop the stops

    Gathering detailed data from machines about the stop alarms and their reasons helps make the proper steps to eliminate the stops of the machine. The special algorithm helps in finding the root cause of the stops. ANT Smart Factory platform comes with built-in reports that analyse aggregated data so you can understand them.

    Machine Control​

    Changeovers on the fly​

    Send recipes and setpoints right to the machine at any time of the process. Save time, eliminate human error and make sure that the technology is right for the product. Two-way communication with the machine helps to validate if the setpoints are correct and enable the production to start.

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    Production Data Management System

    Supply chain and manufacturing processes require the use of advanced technological systems. Production data management system is a fundamental element in facilitating the flow of information between platforms used by businesses. How to organize thousands of parameters?

    Each production element – raw materials, recipes, machines, and processes – has its parameters. Effective production allows their use and planning of the technological process to obtain maximum efficiency and reduce the amount of waste. Product data management allows for organizing all processes. With this solution, manufacturing processes can be optimized in real-time. Moreover, document management is carried out online.

    There is a tool that substantially facilitates production management and ensures that the production planning system works perfectly. It allows being in full control of all processes. This tool is known as PDMS software.

    What is data management PDMS software, and how does it work? What change does it cause in a modern factory? And, the main thing, what are the benefits?

    What is the production data management system in question?

    The Production Data management System consists of a modern complete MES system and three add-ons: Paperless, Microstops and Machine Control. The most significant advantage is deep integration with the automation level – starting from reading thousands of alarms and production data directly from PLCs and ending on automated changeovers on the fly with recipes management. All your production is paperless, as all the forms and instructions are digitalized and standardized. This solution lets you focus on production optimization as all data is gathered automatically.

    Key benefits:

    • Take optimization actions based on much data from machines.
    • Eliminate paper, standardize the production process, guide operators through it and automatically fill all your forms.
    • Automate data exchange between PLCs, operators, and

    How does product data management work?

    Production operations are based on the processing of collected information. Production data management software is a fast and simple way to have full knowledge of each process from every department – planning, production, maintenance, quality, logistic, and other.

    Paperless manufacturing, with no piles of documents – everything is done inside the system network. How is this possible? The answer is machine connectivity. The system is connected with all machines by PLCs, collecting all data. Production monitoring is online, necessary process updates can be quickly implemented, and messages can be sent straight to WorkCentre’s on operator panel to guide operators.

    PDMS ensures paperless manufacturing and flow of documents, thus taking care of the environment. Going paperless is a must for any modern company! And document management itself becomes easy, fast, and enjoyable.

    The correct production process is made possible thanks to detailed data analysis. The PDMS software is not only about generating current reports easily and quickly. Production Data Management System is also the storage of historical data according to dates, production orders, items, or components obtained in the manufacturing processes.

    How does the production management system work?

    How does product data management work? Integration with machines allows for automatic data collection. This data also contains information on micro-stops, which can improve performance by locating the root causes. But there is more. Production management software not only collects data, but you can also send commands, recipes, and settings directly to the machines. These three actions allow you to significantly increase OEE and give you a sense of production under control.

    Moreover, it is time for paperless production. The tools available in our system allow you to create forms that fill automatically. Operators no longer need to enter data manually. Cloud messaging takes fractions of a second.

    Production management software provides a real-time overview of operations, machine performance, as well as failures and micro-stops. The data collected in real-time allows the process to be corrected during its duration. Quality alerts allow for reacting on time. Reduce waste, save time and money.

    Document management is no longer a problem. Paperless manufacturing eliminates the need for lengthy searches, while PDMS software replaces a paper based system with digitized documents. The finished report describes the entire manufacturing process, all parameters and undesirable situations that have occurred.

    As you can see, PDMS is not an ordinary, static tool, but powerful, dynamic software that takes production management to the next level.

    Paperless manufacturing – is it possible?

    What are the benefits of paperless manufacturingDigital transformation is an effective way to keep current with archived data. Information is available at your fingertips. Going paperless also means efficient document management and their swift sending to the recipient.

    This system is a good way of product data management. Product data management PDM guarantees efficient manufacturing operations, all without paper documents and manual reporting.

    Why should a modern company invest in a production management system?

    Modern manufacturing is based on the concept of Industry 4.0. This form focuses on full automation. It is therefore vital to choose optimal solutions, such as efficient document managementdigital transformationpaperless production, or intelligent production management software.

    PDMS allows for reasonable product data management and production management. The supply chain is safeguarded, and the company is given the opportunity for further expansion.

    A system that makes production management easier!

    Why choose our production planning systemPaperless manufacturing based on production management software is an opportunity to grow your business. PDMS helps achieve high rates, making production management efficient.

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