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Infor, a global software company that builds SMB and Enterprise ERP software cloud products for industries, announced the acquisition of Lighthouse Systems, a leading provider of manufacturing execution system (MES) software for smart manufacturing.

Lighthouse Systems’s flagship product, Shopfloor-Online™, helps manufacturing companies manage and improve manufacturing operations across production, quality, inventory, and maintenance.

The company’s MES solution, which can be fully integrated into Infor CloudSuite ERP (enterprise resource planning) systems, will help Infor address a critical customer requirement of 24×7 manufacturing operations. For those manufacturing companies that are looking to implement ERP and MES together, Infor anticipates that its ability to offer a fully integrated solution “out of the box” will significantly shorten time to value for customers.

Commenting on the acqusition, Infor CEO Kevin Samuelson said MES solutions are critical for manufacturing organisations that want to ensure data consistency and real-time visibility across all plant operations.

“Integrating these capabilities with our industry-specific ERP systems will help us deliver even more powerful solutions to manufacturing organizations, as they look to digitize their operations and grow their businesses,” said Kevin Samuelson.

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.

Lighthouse Systems director Tim Barber said the company is \delighted to join forces with Infor to further the operational excellence initiatives of its 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,” said Tim Barber.

Lighthouse Systems’ Shopfloor-Online product enables smart manufacturing by bringing all manufacturing operations into one central software system, which is accessible 24×7. 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 at the shop-floor level and throughout the enterprise.

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