Petershausen, 8th of December 2017


camLine GmbH launches XperiDesk 5.4

Faster navigation through the experiment data cloud

camLine GmbH, developer of software solutions for manufacturing excellence, is launching XperiDesk (XD) 5.4. By streamlining existing and adding diverse functions, the new release strengthens XD’s leading position amoung Process Development Execution Systems (PDES).

The highlights of XD 5.4 enhancements immediately respond to current demands in the field: The users can use previous search results as selector for semantic relation searches, parameters can now be sorted into (multiple) directories and the manufacturability check evaluates calculated parameters. And last but not least, XD’s backend technology stack has been completely renewed giving it more performance, versatility and maintainability.

With the search result based relation searching, it has become much easier to iteratively sift through the experiment data. As previously the user can search for a set of items fulfilling his/her search criteria. On these results he/she can do a multi-select and based on the selected items start digging through the semantic experiment network. Because of this approach being able to be repeated, the user can easily navigate through the cloud of experiment results. Previously, this was only possible for a single item in the relation graph view. Another improvement is the extended functionality of sorting parameters into directories. This oftentimes requested feature improves the oversight in the previously flat parameter maintenance views and even allows to sort one parameter into multiple directories. This way it is easier to align people searching for a parameter from different perspectives. The manufacturability check has been extended as well. During the check in previous versions of the software, only the already flat numeric parameters were considered. With the extension in version 5.4, even parameters being calculated recursively out of other parameters are considered.

Other improvements are the seamless synchronization of Runs currently in production between the full and the operator client and the more versatile handling of regular expression handling in the MS Excel import client. Finally, it should be mentioned that XD 5.4 comes with various improvements with respect to performance and streamlining the user guidance and multi-organization usage. Throughout, camLine recommends the upgrade to XD 5.4 to existing customers.

Please find an introductory video about XperiDesk here.

Petershausen, 8th of December 2017


Opinion Piece: The Dream Manager -- facilitating the filling of engineering positions in the future

In the past engineering companies have battled and competed over product price, customer service, operational excellence, industry leadership, productivity and quality. While these factors will remain important in the future, many companies already have a new battleground to contend with – the battle for talent [1], [2].
This opinion piece investigates the impacts of these developments especially in the high tech engineering marketplace. It will indicate approaches to allow fostering employee development and to retain knowledge inside an organization. Finally ways to collaborate more successfully between different locations and organizations are discussed.

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Petershausen, 27th November 2017


Result Brochure Smart Data - Innovations from Data

an article by Bundesministerium für Wirtschaft und Energie

Presentation of the results of the projects and professional groups of the technology program "Smart Data - Innovations from Data".

Visit Bundestministerium für Wirtschaft und Energie to read the full article and to download the results brochure (only available in German).

Petershausen, 6th November 2017


Big Data Projects: Great Potential or Doomed to Failure?


An interesting blog article by the Fraunhofer Insitute for Experimental Software Engineering IESE with our Department Manager Dirk Ortloff.


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Petershausen, 24th October 2017


camLine releases LineWorks RM 6.1

Now available with fine grained control on parameter level


camLine, a software company specialized in developing solutions for manufacturing excellence, announced the new Release 6.1 of its LineWorks RM recipe management system. It is a connected, IT-based infrastructure solution for the production with the intention to provide the overall and clear evidence of entire manufacturing processes for their unambiguous identification. For comparison, the IDs of both, salable products and manufacturing equipment, can be captured in many different ways and without effort. However, the unique registration of the integrated manufacturing processes and their changes is a special challenge for production sites. It 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.

Advanced features in the area of parameters and recipe body management, recipe object visualization as well as validation are available in the release of version 6.1. Furthermore, improvements have been made to the user interface. With the newly introduced parameter tags and options, the user has evolved capabilities to classify parameters based on their usage. Additionally it is possible to store parameter options at parameter level. These options are name-value pairs (additional data) stored per parameter. It encapsulates user-defined flags / options that are further interpreted by the customer's EI (Equipment Integration).

Customer specific validation rules can be defined in the recipe object validators. Via the recipe object templates it is possible to enable the validations in a controlled manner. This ensures a gradual deployment of the new validations.

The new version offers a flexible and consistent user interface to setup the custom recipe object and recipe body visualizations.

The end-user will benefit from the single sign-on capabilities of the improved user interface.

Furthermore, the administration of the users and notifications are consolidated into a unified web-based user interface.


Read more about LineWorks RM Version 6.1 »

15th September 2017

MES and more now with integrated FMEA

New partnership with iqs Software GmbH expands camLine’s portfolio with CAQ functions


IQS, a provider for complete CAQ systems, has signed a partnership with camLine as experienced supplier of software solutions for manufacturing excellence and active process control.

The combination of iqs CAQ document management with camLine’s modules is a further step towards a fully integrated IT infrastructure for powerful manufacturing operations. For example, it is now possible to provide inspection planning or capture feedback of complaints and errors in CAQ control loops and have them near real-time tracked by camLine’s MES. The implementation of even more efficient workflows help manufacturers achieve better manufacturing quality and efficiency to ultimately optimize their throughput and yield.

MES and more iqs
15. September 2017

camLine signed technology agreement as MES Software supplier

Ensure productivity, process traceability, and process security for the mass production of HJT PV cells and modules

camLine GmbH signed a technology agreement as MES software partner for a new Heterojunction (HJT) manufacturing line in Catania, Sicily.

The agreement implies the implementation of a track and trace system for the mass production of HJT PV cells and modules. camLine will provide essential quality manufacturing software solutions to assure quality and ensure productivity, process traceability, and process security. These key indicators are vital for product long life guarantees and allow continuous technological improvements.

This agreement is the continuation of previous projects with respect to a quality control system for the previous thin film line. After screening the market, camLine has been selected as the preferred software partner for the new line. The main reasons for the decision are in-depth capabilities with respect to the PV use-case, comprehensive process knowledge integrated in the camLine LineWorks suite and specific quality analytics.

camLine’s MES helps improve end product and process yield. This is possible due to the modular design approach of the LineWorks suite that supports the required flexibility, remote operability, and individual reporting composability for the end-users. camLine also convinced with other criteria, e.g. know-how in equipment integration or available remote support services.

MES and more
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 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!

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!

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.