16st of August 2017

camLine GmbH publishes new Cornerstone Whitepaper -- Variant minimizing Designs

The cost for the runs of a design is dominated by a subset of factors. In this whitepaper an example with  7 factors is considered with 4 factors which account for most of the costs / efforts. Typical situations are factors which need to be made by prototype manufacturing whereas the other factors are different settings the hardware variants are used in.

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Variant Minimizing
31st of May 2017

camLine GmbH publishes new Cornerstone Whitepaper -- Configurations for D-optimal Designs

The construction of D-optimal designs relies on a iterative algorithm which uses a list of settings and conditions from the planned experiment under consideration. This report describes how such settings can be chosen in an optimal way to get even better values for the mentioned generalized variance.

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Petershausen, 24.05.2017

camLine and Asprova announce their partnership



camLine GmbH and Asprova AG develop and distribute own software (SW) for industrial manufacturing. Both companies were founded in the 1990s. They since have established themselves, independently in various high-tech industries. Now in 2017, they took the decision to continue with a strategic cooperation.

For their future collaboration, both software companies share several conditions. Their products are used worldwide, especially in the markets of Asia, Europe, and North America. Both focus on manufacturing with particular challenges regarding production organization and demanding business logic. Included are very flexible concepts for the detailed mapping of all production processes. Furthermore, there are promising capabilities for the integration of entire supply chains.

Cooperation enables MES with even greater scope of services

Through the collaboration, a sophisticated Manufacturing Execution System (MES) is being presented on the market that uniquely covers the three fundamental pillars of a MES with respect to ISA-95 standard:

  • Definition of products and manufacturing processes
  • Production scheduling
  • Manufacturing execution
Demand for integrable MES continues to rise

With regard to the key initiative Industry 4.0, complex, flexible, communication-capable cyber-physical systems (CPS) are increasingly being used in the shop floors as production equipment. They enable the intensive exchange of information between themselves and the superordinate levels organizing the productions. These layers manage the orchestration of all manufacturing operations. They are responsible for the economic manufacturing of industrial products.

As a result of the intensified networking, accordingly the need for effective SW-based infrastructure solutions is increasing. Manufacturing SW can make its strengths even more effective in view of the quantitatively and qualitatively improved provision of information made available from the shop floors. Mr. Bernhard Jofer, VP of camLine GmbH, confirms: "We recognize a growing demand for MES solutions with integrated advanced scheduling. The capabilities of Asprova APS for advanced scheduling address also manufacturers who already use an ERP, i.e. SAP, for their planning. The external scheduling module perfectly complements our in-house modules of the LineWorks-Suite." The easy integration of the systems, the extremely powerful scheduling functions, and the very fast execution speeds allow integrating entire supply chains with powerful solutions.

Adaptable and scalable through a modular approach

camLine's MES solutions are based on a compact and modular approach. The core modules focus on

  • Quality assurance
  • Process integrity
  • Manufacturing execution
  • Equipment efficiency (OEE)

They can be implemented, independently of each other. In addition, the combination with MES from third-party vendors is also possible. The goal is to actively control all production processes down to the detail in the sense of quickly detect, react, and implement.

The execution component provides seamless traceability with tracking and tracing. It also allows the organization and provision of data by defining products and production processes. Due to the modular approach, the granular mapping of vertical integration is possible at high data throughput with real-time applications. As high-availability systems, they are designed to be used 24/7 allowing the collection of current data in large-scale productions.

Mr. Keiji Fujii, Managing Director of the German subsidiary of Asprova AG, says: "The simple integration of our APS SW solution into the existing individual IT structure is a requirement that we have placed great emphasis on from the outset. With camLine's MES solutions, we get production data almost in real-time, in high quality, and in a degree of detail exactly as required by Asprova for advanced planning."

Multi-level optimization to minimize throughput times

Asprova APS is used by numerous well-known Japanese top-lean companies (market share: 59%). The standard software meets a wide range of specific requirements for the advanced scheduling of discrete and process-oriented production. All necessary resources (with their individual specifications and restrictions), as well as their limited capacities and availability, are incorporated into the calculations. Material availability is always considered. Thanks to ingenious, individually adjustable multi-level planning logic, optimal sequence planning is achieved. Results with Asprova:

  • Minimized throughput times
  • Increase in delivery reliability
  • Optimized sequence planning with respect to set-up times
  • Reduction and optimization of inventory
  • High flexibility with regard to changes

Each resource gets reliable work instructions. The rapid simulation, the dynamic rescheduling, and the front-loading system provide a holistic overview of scheduling, order status, and inventory for the planner with an eye to the future.

MES and more with APS
Petershausen, 24.04.2017

camLine introduces Cornerstone version 7 into the market


camLine GmbH, developer of software solutions for manufacturing focusing on manufacturing excellence, is launching Cornerstone version 7. The easy-to-use, compact, and fast Design of Experiment and data analysis software for engineers comes with various new functions and analysis capabilities. Plus the software presents itself in a completely revised look. The methods offered are even more easily accessible. The development for more than 25 years in the field of software for applied statistics is mirrored in a uniquely efficient approach. The capability spectrum ranges from analytics application areas such as engineering statistics, experimental planning (DoE) to explorative data analysis.

In addition to the improved user guidance through custom and dockable tool and icon bars, new and redesigned menus, the new version makes a sweet spot plot available for regression analyses which simplifies the evaluation and optimization of records with many response variables. Besides that, constraints have been introduced for the Response vs. Predictor graphs. The export features were expanded for Microsoft Office Word and PowerPoint including templating. This makes reporting much easier. Engineers are now saving even more time, not just for their customized reports, but also for automated batch report tasks.

Find more information about Cornerstone Version 7 here:

Cornerstone 7
21st of March 2017

camLine GmbH publishes new Cornerstone Use Case example -- Optimizing Factors in Experimental Design

The Use Case example shows how to use Cornerstone’s DoE module and regression to perform an optimization on a factor.

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14th of March 2017

camLine GmbH publishes new LineWorks RM Whitepaper -- Modeling Concepts to Sustain the Growing Complexity in Recipe Management Systems

Exploration of the challenges a recipe management system faces in the current manufacturing context.

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Dresden, 21.02.2017

camLine wins bid for B. Braun's dialyzer factory in Wilsdruff, Germany


camLine has signed contracts with B. Braun for the delivery of their InFrame Synapse MES. In Wilsdruff, Germnay, B. Braun Medical AG is building Europe's most modern production facility for dialyzers for the blood treatment of chronic kidney patients. camLine will support the production of dialysers for blood washing high quality.

B. Braun is one of the leading manufacturers of medical technology and pharmaceutical products and services, worldwide. Each service provided by B. Braun embodies the entire expertise, the deep understanding of the company for the needs of the users and comprehensive expertise since 1839. With a constantly growing portfolio of effective solutions for medical care, B. Braun makes a significant contribution to worldwide protect and improve the health of people. The product range comprises more than 5,000 products, 95% of which are produced in-house. Through complementary services and consulting services, B. Braun is a system provider that develops effective solutions and directional standards for the health care system in constructive exchange with users and partners. B. Braun thus makes an important contribution to medical progress and improve the quality of life of patients worldwide.

Click here for more Infos on InFrame Synapse MES

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New dates for Cornerstone- and DoE trainings


The team of Versuchsplanung.de would like to invite you to well-founded trainings for the effective usage of statistics in the technical area.

Current dates:
13th and 14th of March 2017       Training course:  „Grundlagen Cornerstone“
15th till 17th of March 2017          Training course: „Statistische Versuchsplanung (DoE)“

20th and 21st of November 2017  Training course:  „Grundlagen Cornerstone“
22nd till 24th of November 2017   Training course:  „Statistische Versuchsplanung (DoE)“

Location: camLine GmbH, Petershausen

Register now on the page www.versuchsplanung.de!

Target groups:
The seminar with exercises is aimed at technicians, laboratory technicians, engineers and scientists who want to use their resources optimally for experiments and develop their skills in basic statistics.

To the course content:
Design of Experiment (DoE) supports engineers in the development of new products. They save trials and experiments or require less effort for necessary simulations. The best way to achieve this is to include the methods of DoE in the workflow of your projects as early as possible.

Cornerstone is a PC application for data analysis and DoE for engineers. The software combines powerful data analysis techniques with an intuitive user interface. Cornerstone has been updated with new functions with the current Version 6.1 of camLine.

Plan your training now and register at www.versuchsplanung.de!

Dresden, 25.10.2016

camLine wins MES bid for CTF Solar’s CdTe facility in Chengdu, China


camLine has signed its second deal with China National Building Materials (CNBM) to deliver its InFrame Synapse MES solution. This time InFrame Synapse MES will be supporting a high quality production of CNBM’s own CdTe thin-film PV modules in the CTF Solar factory in Sichuan province (China).

CNBM is a state-owned enterprise that has recently announced plans to build PV module factories in China with more than 15 GW of annual production capacity. Born as a building materials company, CNBM in 2011 acquired German cadmium telluride (CdTe) technology provider CTF Solar, which brings its expertise to the Chengdu CdTe fab.

camLine is one of the leading manufacturing software solution providers with various references in PV module manufacturing worldwide. CNBM’s new factory being build right now in Anhui province (China) will also be using camLine’s InFrame Synapse MES, which - amongst other reasons - also has had a positive influence on winning the MES bid for camLine.

CTF Solar
Petershausen, 12.10.2016

Whitepaper: Successful plant level CAPA deployment


CAPA – or Corrective and Preventive Actions is a widely used business concept across all industries. It is a central concept of ISO standards and good manufacturing practices. The CAPA process essentially describe a set of steps undertaken to improve work processes and minimize risk as well as mitigating the occurrence and recurrence of non-conformances. It can drive dramatic improvements in product compliance. In high-tech industries and specifically in semiconductor related manufacturing, all processes have to be under control. Therefore, CAPA is referred to as OCAP - or Out of Control Action Plan. It describes shop floor level guiding rules to be observed if product non-conformance is detected or excursion (when a process or a tool shifts out of control or specification limits) occurs. Operators, technicians, and engineers will then systematically collect and follow OCAP on re-occurrence typically starting with a root cause analysis.

This whitepaper introduces the challenges, the requirements, and a solution approach to drastically reduce OCAP execution time by up to 300\% and to shorten tool down time associated with OCAP by a factor of two having automated OCAP steps, designing new OCAPs, and rolling them out to production within one day.

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Whitepaper plant level CAPA
Dresden, 15.09.2016

User Group Meeting for Cornerstone



The Cornerstone User Group Meeting consisted of two parts. Two applications, inside an LED production and from solar research, demonstrated the breadth of use of Cornerstone. For production and R&D, Cornerstone is a powerful tool for engineering statistics, in particular in the fields of Manufacturing Analytics, Design of Experiments, and Regression.

In the second part, new features of Cornerstone Version 6.1 were presented. The outlook on the roadmap of the Version 7 completed the event. The attendees were asked for their voting which future features would be important to suit their needs.

Cornerstone User Group Meeting 2016
Cornerstone User Group Meeting
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Dresden, 15.09.2016

User Group Meeting for LineWorks SPACE



The User Group Meeting to LineWorks SPACE took place also for the first time in Dresden, on the day after the camLine forum. From a user perspective, it was presented first how all SPC activities of an operation can be monitored and directed holistically at the business level. This "bird's eye view" on SPC considerably differs from the common understanding of SPC as the method of choice to statistically control the manufacturing processes. Highly available online reports are in use in a scorecard-like figure, representing the overall improvement process of all operations with drill-down capabilities to important details. If necessary, these can be used to allow rapid intervention. In addition, the participants could follow a presentation that summarized a personal review about the long-term usage of LineWorks SPACE.

The second topic of the User Group Meeting was devoted to the future development of the product LineWorks SPACE. The attendees learned about the roadmap of Version 7.2 and received an outlook of the feature list for the upcoming Release 8. The participants got the chance to prioritize future features according to their needs.

SPACE User Group Meeting 2016
SPACE User Group Meeting
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Dresden, 14.09.2016

camLine forum 2016



The camLine forum 2016 was held for the first time in Dresden. The event focused on IT-based development and production delivering highly relevant application examples which were presented by camLine customers themselves. Highlights of the day were the following topics:

OCAP (Out-of-Control Action Plan) Execution

  • Targeted and documented implementation of corrective action plans (who must do what when) if unexpected process excursions occur

Industry 4.0

  • Standardization of business processes
  • Transformation of data into information in R&D and production
  • Reduced time-to-market

Infrastructure solutions as Web Services

  • Software architectures, e.g. cloud, fog
  • SaaS (Software as a Service)

SMEs' entry into digital manufacturing

Software solutions for quality assurance on the supply chain

The participants of the well-attended forum came from organizations in Europe, Asia, and North America. Worth mentioning was the great mixture of various industries with universities. The forum offered an interesting atmosphere to share experiences and ample networking opportunities which was well supported by the Hilton Dresden.

camLine Forum 2016
camLine forum 2016
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Petershausen, 05.09.2016

camLine wins MES bid for CNBM’s 300 MW CIGS thin-film factory in Anhui, China


camLine has signed a deal with China National Building Materials (CNBM) to deliver its InFrame Synapse MES solution to CNBM, supporting a high quality production of CNBM’s own CIGS thin-film PV modules in Anhui (China).

CNBM is a state-owned enterprise that has recently announced plans to build PV module factories in China with more than 15 GW of annual production capacity. Born as a building materials company, CNBM in 2014 acquired German CIGS manufacturer AVANCIS, which has brought its expertise to the Anhui CIGS fab, which will cover a total of 55,000 square meters once first phase is completed in 2017.

camLine is one of the leading manufacturing software solution providers with various references in PV module manufacturing worldwide. AVANCIS has been using camLine’s InFrame Synapse MES already for its CIGS thin-film factory in Torgau (Germany), which – amongst other reasons – also has had a positive influence on winning the MES bid for camLine.

Eventually, CNBM hopes to expand its CIGS production facility in Anhui to 1.5 GW of capacity.

Petershausen, 22.06.2016

Verify extremely agile manufacturing processes for Industry 4.0

Keeping the change of processes under control


camLine GmbH is specialized in developing solutions for manufacturing excellence. The software company launches the new Release 5.5 of its LineWorks RM recipe management system. This is an IT infrastructure solution for the shop floor. Manufacturers need to uniquely identify entire production processes. These are assembled by a sequence of many single processes. Contract manufacturing in small batches leads to a significantly growing number of those. In addition, their process specifications may constantly change. Due to this diversity and dynamics, the collection of accurate process flows is a particular challenge for agile manufacturing. By comparison, the registration of salable products and manufacturing equipment is easy during manufacture using a Manufacturing Execution System (MES). A recipe management system supports an MES by assuming the task to verify correct process definitions. Their proof can have far-reaching consequences for the manufacturers with respect to their future competitiveness. The management of process changes and their traceability is associated with many business processes. A remarkable potential lies in their efficient rationalization to reduce manufacturing costs. 

The recipe management concept established first in the semiconductor industry. There, the productions have to meet high integrity requirements and are confronted with extremely agile conditions for customized products. Nevertheless, the present recipe management system favors the standardized, industry-independent approach. Systems will be needed to keep the wealth and through Industry 4.0 extremely growing flood of recipes well under control. In digital manufacturing, explicit "product" definitions are supported by verifiable "process" IDs. The recipe management system achieves the desired trade-off:  On one hand, you need to take account of the decision-making authorities of decentralized production units. On the other, you are confronted with the central target definitions to create salable products. The permanent "change" of process life cycles requires a rather systemic approach comprising structured definitions, steered approvals, and scheduled production launches of all recipes. Herein, the protection of Intellectual Property rights is extremely important. 

Recipes are physical files that are needed by manufacturing equipment (or cyber physical systems) to conduct specific process specifications. Usually, they are kept locally at the equipment. The content of recipes can be seen as protected and compressed know-how of the manufacturers in the form of comprehensive configuration data or instructions for their equipment. The production lines ask for an improved access to the recipe content. Using a recipe management system, the safe handling of flexible manufacturing processes is standardized and feasible. Learning organizations profit from the know-how driven process development. 

The new release 5.5 of LineWorks RM recipe management system presents itself with the continued development of validation rules firmly linked to recipes. Logical expressions can be used to establish decision rules that reflect engineering expertise and control the changes. They can be fully shared within the organization. Product manager Dan Cogut is confident: "With the new rules, our customers can enforce their process engineering knowledge much better in practice. For example, it is possible to impose: for this recipe, future changes to a certain parameter may take place only within a tolerance range of 10% to the current value." Furthermore, the software update enables the controlled and efficient roll-out of parameter changes to a mass of affected recipes. Subsequent individual validation cycles ensure that the changes initiated thereby will in fact meet the desired goals. Besides many improvements with respect to function and visualization capabilities, LineWorks RM recipe management system version 5.5 provides new features to reduce significantly implementation times.

For more information about LineWorks RM recipe management system, see:

LineWorks RM Release 5.5
Petershausen, 13.06.2016

camLine GmbH is a new member of the MES D.A.CH e.V. organization

LineWorks PULSE and LineWorks SPACE are powerful add-ons to existing MES


Manufacturing Execution Systems – MES – are an essential part for a continuous vertical integration and for this reason a requirement for Industry 4.0. The MES D.A.CH e.V. organization is the leading network for MES suppliers in Germany, Austria, and Switzerland. As a supplier of solutions for manufacturing efficiency and increased quality to more than 100 customers, the camLine GmbH has signed a membership with the MES D.A.CH e.V. organization.

Heinz Linsmaier, CEO of camLine, sees this membership as a good opportunity to join a platform to share ideas and lessons learned on realized projects in the area of factory automation. Smaller sized fabs (SMUs) may use camLine’s all-in-one solution InFrame Synapse MES. Complex high volume manufacturing lines will be supported with the LineWorks Suite providing high-end and customized implementations addressing "MES and more". For example, with the modules LineWorks PULSE and LineWorks SPACE, the migration to ‘Smart Data’ is possible to increase the transparency of the production environments and to improve the manufacturing processes. These powerful modules can be integrated in short time and with low budget as add-ons to existing MES solutions - due to modern and seamless integration technologies.

The MES D.A.CH Association e.V. (www.mes-dach.de) bundles together knowledge, resources, and commitment. It provides a platform for all who are interested to optimize production efficiency. The aim of the association is to promote the exchange of knowledge in the area of Manufacturing Execution Systems.

More information can be found at:
MES and more
LineWorks Suite
LineWorks SPACE
LineWorks PULSE
InFrame Synapse

MES D.A.CH Verband
Petershausen, 10.06.2016

Success Story: Successful scaling of an R&D team

Successfully scaling up an R&D team is a challenge, the amount of information and data from machines, planned and executed experiments and result analysis increases very rapidly as more people become involved. To efficiently coordinate workflows, and to reduce the time needed to integrate new knowledge into the production chain, it is important to invest in the structured dissemination and automation of results, documentation and core knowledge from an early stage.

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XperiDesk ANL Success Story
Petershausen, 02.05.2016

Online SPC for Industry 4.0

Implement SPC policies quickly in environments with high product mix and low volume production runs


With the brand new release of LineWorks SPACE 7.1, online SPC (Statistical Process Control) for Industry 4.0 agility is available for manufacturing industries. Via diverse improvements for normalized charts and specification management, the new version facilitates the implementation of SPC strategies specifically for environments with high product mix and low volume production runs. The latest distribution adds over 90 extensions and improvements in usability, graphics, and reliability and includes an interface to Cornerstone, a separate product to perform data analyses and Design of Experiments (DoE).

Providing full quality assurance, the software can present itself proudly to be proven over many years. For industrial manufacturers, a highly developed infrastructure solution is made available to interactively control their manufacturing processes. Inter-site production quality is under constant and precise control, compliant with ISO 9001. The application interacts with numerous data sources and runs tens of thousands control charts in parallel. This of course includes the extensive automation of corrective actions. It can detect rule violations and immediately induce and pursue measures. The traceability of all data, in particular process data, is provided securely by using an integrated database. Many global manufacturers rely on this capable system designed for high-tech industries which evolved into a de facto standard for modern SPC, especially in the semiconductor industry.

To learn more about LineWorks SPACE version 7.1, please visit http://www.camline.com/...

To learn more about Cornerstone, please visit http://www.camline.com/...

LineWorks SPACE Release 7.1
Petershausen, 10.03.2016

camLine launched Version 6.1 of Engineering Statistics Software Cornerstone

The next level of power in Design of Experiments


camLine, as the provider of software solutions for manufacturing excellence now offers the new version 6.1 of Cornerstone. The application allows engineers to solve Design of Experiment and Data Analysis tasks efficiently with a practical and straightforward statistics based approach. Its capabilities range from analytical areas such as statistics for engineering to Design of Experiments (DoE) and Exploratory Data Analysis.

For the Design of Experiments, version 6.1 comes with the new design and basic model types “Definitive Screening” and “Linear+”. You will find categorical factors and constraints available in Space Filling Designs and have quick access to main DoE working steps. The application offers multiple improvements in the details and its performance. Drag & Drop is extended to Microsoft Excel files. 3D, Tile Map graphs, and interactive graphic tools got additional features. And, last but not least, your work will be facilitated by efficient dialogues to open and save files and to exchange data.

To learn more about Cornerstone version 6.1, please visit

Cornerstone Release 6.1
November 10-14, 2015

productronica 2015

Messe München, Deutschland

With its broad portfolio for MES solutions, camLine could encounter brisk demand from a large group of people at productronica 2015 in Munich. This year's special highlight was the Manufacturing Data Warehouse LineWorks mDICE that is combinable with any arbitrary MES. camLine also presented a novel offering to its visitors that business functions can be used as Software-as-a-Service in the cloud having the monitoring of a complete Kanban supply cycle for C-parts as a real-life example.

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productronica 2015
productronica 2015
November 3rd, 2015

"Process Integrity on the fast lane with Recipe Management"

@ STMicroelectronics, 850 rue Jean Monnet, ZI du Pré Roux 38920
Crolles, France

On November 3, 2015, the Recipe Management User Group Meeting 2015 (RM UGM 2015) was held in Crolles, France. This full-day event was free of charge. Experts from the industry presented concrete applications and use-cases.

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October 20th, 2015

camLine GmbH publishes new XperiDesk Whitepaper

Building an information driven R&D organization -- A software based approach to increase the learning aptitude of organizations increasing engineering team efficiency by 20%

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October 6-8, 2015

Semicon Europa in Dresden

At Semicon Europa, camLine presented its portfolio specifically for the semiconductor industry. For the advanced online SPC flagship LineWorks SPACE, there are available now numerous extensions in terms of plug-ins and add-ons. Particularly LineWorks eCAP for LineWorks SPACE enjoyed special attention. This add-on module for LineWorks SPACE provides electronic corrective action plans (eCAP) and an automated workflow management to ensure compliance with quality, process, and your individual business regulations.

The latest features of LineWorks RM were shown. The significantly advanced Recipe Management System (RMS) has been developed specifically for industries requiring the ability to optimize the real-time handling of recipes within high volume production environments.

The visitors were able to gain an impression of the new product brands XperiDesk and InFrame Synapse. The Process Development Execution System (PDES) XperiDesk helps improve planning and assists in the preparation of experimental technology development. InFrame Synapse Equipment Connector is a powerful interface for easy to use equipment integration.

Semicon Europa
July 17th, 2015

camLine GmbH releases XperiDesk 5.3

Reaching new R&D efficiency levels

camLine is proud to release XperiDesk (XD) 5.3 that covers another year of customer driven developments. By adding several new efficiency tools and functions, the new release strengthens XD’s leading position in the market of Process Development Execution Systems (PDES). The highlights of XD 5.3 enhancements immediately respond to current demands in the field: The users get a new operator-oriented web-client for mobile devices. With version 5.3, it is possible to define and track rework flows. And last but not least, XD’s integratability into existing environments has been considerably expanded.

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