Who Uses This Software?

Solumina was developed specifically for the most challenging and complex manufacturing environments where process and product quality and compliance are critical components to everyday operations.


Average Ratings

35 Reviews
  • 4 / 5
    Overall
  • 3.5 / 5
    Ease of Use
  • 4 / 5
    Customer Service

Product Details

  • Starting Price
    Not provided by vendor
  • Deployment
    Cloud, SaaS, Web
    Installed - Mac
    Installed - Windows
  • Training
    Documentation
    Webinars
    Live Online
    In Person
  • Support
    24/7 (Live Rep)

Vendor Details

  • iBASEt
  • www.ibaset.com/
  • Founded 1986
  • United States

About Solumina MES

iBASEt's Manufacturing Execution System (MES), Solumina, radically improves manufacturing productivity, quality and compliance by giving operators, supervisors and every plant manager visibility from the shop floor to the top floor. Freeing up operators to spend more of their time being productive, and less time looking for work instructions or waiting on corrections, or repair instructions. Solumina is revolutionizing how complex manufacturers transform their manufacturing operations.


Solumina MES Features

  • Document Management
  • Forecasting
  • Quality Control
  • Quote Management
  • Resource Management
  • Supplier Management
  • Supply Chain Management
  • Traceability

Solumina MES Reviews Recently Reviewed!


Dramatic improvement to manufacturing and quality control and risk mitigation

May 17, 2018
5/5
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4 / 5
Ease of Use
5 / 5
Features & Functionality
5 / 5
Customer Support
5 / 5
Value for Money
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Pros: Once dialed in, it manages inputs and outputs efficiently while providing very fast access to records.

Cons: I wish the font and icon size was customizable, and the green and red thumbs are tiny and too close together. I wish there were installation templates, or Best Utilization examples that would be useful for determining direction. As it is there is much left to the user, so the expertise of the user's configuration team is key to smooth deployment.

Overall: Huge. Aside from being paperless for the most part, the ability to quickly find data is the greatest benefit. Next, I would point to the risk reduction for data loss or missing data, as product cannot proceed to subsequent workstations without proper closure. Imagine gathering and copying data from 20 paper records kept in 20 different boxes that were put in long term storage out of state several years ago. Now imagine keying those 20 part identifiers into Solumina for a query and having the data returned in seconds!

In supporting a difficult process, Solumina delivers sound features and superior customer support.

Jan 29, 2018
4/5
Overall
3 / 5
Ease of Use
4 / 5
Features & Functionality
5 / 5
Customer Support
3 / 5
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Pros: Far and away, the customer support in working to deliver a robust solution for Manufacturing Execution, Quality Assurance, and management of our Supplier Quality is the number one positive feature of working with iBASEt. They continue to work to address nuances generated by the ways we run our manufacturing environment, and have brought insights and recommendations for improvement that are 'outside' the scope of the software solution they provide.

Cons: All process planning is '0D' based - text oriented, with any 2D or 3D data that is desired for inclusion or that we want to use as the 'foundation' of process plans merely attachments to the text based plans. If I had to pick a second 'con', it is the inconsistent level of 'client to server' communication which negatively impacts remote users; iBASEt continually updates their code to make remote access better, but often as a result of OUR finding where excessive database calls are made from the client causing repeated 'round trips' to be driven across the WAN.

Overall: consistent manufacturing execution through standardized process plans. Quality of product improvements through integration of lean and SPC tools into the execution system.

Solumina is great - 10/10 would use again.

May 11, 2017
4/5
Overall
3 / 5
Ease of Use
4 / 5
Features & Functionality
4 / 5
Customer Support
4 / 5
Value for Money

Pros: In my limited experience (and in the opinion of the team that evaluated various options and selected Solumina as the best), Solumina provides a greater amount of low-cost flexibility and customizability, and G8 offers a much greater out-of-the-box functionality than other commercially available MES.

Cons: It seems like customizations funded by individual companies are leveraged by Solumina into the next version of the software, but it doesn't appear that there is any type of pricing break for the software update to the customer that funded the development of the additional functionality.

MES adjusted for Costpoint

Jul 17, 2018
3/5
Overall
4 / 5
Ease of Use
4 / 5
Features & Functionality
3 / 5
Customer Support
4 / 5
Value for Money
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Pros: The software has very good visual interactive displays to present work instructions. The software is also very customizable.

Cons: Being able to batch work orders together is something we were told was going to be a functionality coming to the software, but successfully being able to use this function hasn't materialized yet.

Overall: Our company converts Solumina's version of MES to be compatible with Deltek CostPoint and additionally runs it through Citrix Receiver to all our work stations. The multiple layers of connections leaves us with a lot of slow responses and forced logouts. This is likely not really an iBaseT issue, but it's one of the biggest things we struggle with. However, for the most part when it works it works quite well.

We use this software in our daily business. It has a fantastic suite of capabilities.

Jul 28, 2018
5/5
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5 / 5
Ease of Use
5 / 5
Features & Functionality
5 / 5
Customer Support
5 / 5
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Pros: The software itself is wonderful. I would highly recommend it to business that need an electronic Work Instructions software. it allows the user to custom build different applications from Quality management to Supplier Quality as a well as Audit. Easy to use for manufacturing and the user interface is incredible.

Cons: Moving from previous versions is difficult and the migration process is cumbersome. Cusomter support is wonderful though.

Overall: Manufacturing in a paperless environment.

A difficult but rewarding journey

Jan 18, 2018
2/5
Overall
2 / 5
Ease of Use
3 / 5
Features & Functionality
3 / 5
Customer Support
3 / 5
Value for Money
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Pros: Having data in one system has simplified certain aspects of the MFG floor. After getting up to speed it gets easier to understand

Cons: Takes a while to learn, not very logical compared to other programs. Creating custom reports is difficult if not even possible. At times we have to adjust how our mfg floor functions to accommodate Solumina's limited abilities. Interfacing with machines and 2d bar codes is extremely time consuming and difficult - far from plug and play. Training is more or less thru trial and error, since everyone runs their production floors differently. Several Solumina quirks like pop open windows getting smaller in size or text disappears or arrows move for no reason, ETC. Nothing to make me mad just annoyed.

Overall: Labor and time savings. The hardware is visible

Pretty efficient for the most part. Little slow at times toward the end of the day.

Jan 22, 2018
4/5
Overall
4 / 5
Ease of Use
4 / 5
Features & Functionality
4 / 5
Customer Support
4 / 5
Value for Money

Pros: Easy to use. Pulls up the information that I need rather quickly. Requested information or material is readily available and concise.

Cons: There are operations that upon completion, stay on the same operation instead of forwarding to the next operation and making it cumbersome to have to perform extra clicks. Can be somewhat time consuming when you have to do that all day. Drops the database from time to time when you're in the middle of inspecting a Part.

learning the system takes times but then it is a great system

May 25, 2018
4/5
Overall
4 / 5
Ease of Use
4 / 5
Features & Functionality
4 / 5
Customer Support
3 / 5
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Pros: by using this system traceability and accountability are at your finger tips. Being a manager this tool helps me with monitoring my employee.

Cons: there is much to much wasted time navigating through the system, there is a lot of having to go back and forth to get done what you have to get done

Overall: Being able to track your employees work ethics help with being more efficient as a manager, having all information at your finger tips is a God send.

The shop floor can learn to use the system in minutes, authoring plans takes much longer.

May 15, 2017
5/5
Overall
4 / 5
Ease of Use
4 / 5
Features & Functionality
5 / 5
Customer Support
3 / 5
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Pros: Easy to teach operators how to log on, find a work order and execute it. Standard text and glyph buttons for links are nice. The operators like and use them.

Cons: In G7, some weird ways to get to some menu items (i.e. not very intuitive). The G7 text editor is very basic. In standard text mode no spell checker makes for more revisions after the fact.

Overall: Much better shop floor control than using paper work instructions.

Software is overall very capable, however, support is often slow and fixes are cumbersome

May 11, 2017
4/5
Overall
4 / 5
Ease of Use
5 / 5
Features & Functionality
2 / 5
Customer Support
4 / 5
Value for Money

Pros: Software is very capable to handle a very large amount of manufacturing situations out of box. Traceability and control are very strong points in ensuring a high level of quality.

Cons: Interfaces are convoluted and performance is not great. For more specialized industries or situations, developing solutions is expensive both to create and maintain, so outside processes or systems may have to be used.

very flexible for customizations but lacking in training/demonstrating features

May 17, 2018
4/5
Overall
4 / 5
Ease of Use
4 / 5
Features & Functionality
3 / 5
Customer Support
3 / 5
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Pros: I'm able to customize UDVs to display more meaningful information and hide fields that are not used by the company. I can also substitute UDVs and create custom ones to have the exact data I want.

Cons: no visual training on software capabilities. There are written manuals but there should be a more visual training manual showing examples of the system and how it should operate

Not user friendly,

May 24, 2018
2/5
Overall
1 / 5
Ease of Use
1 / 5
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Pros: The search view gets the user to almost every location for daily use. Actually very little that I do like.

Cons: Multi-media management, memory to small, not being able to adjust system setting fonts, settings that seem to make no sense like 100 character min. Word processor is outdated for the version we use. Not sure if current with best version in the market place.

Overall: Central storage

Have been working with Solumina for over 10 years and really like the application and all offeatures

May 19, 2017
4/5
Overall
5 / 5
Ease of Use
3 / 5
Features & Functionality
2 / 5
Customer Support
3 / 5
Value for Money

Pros: The ability to create work instructions using the different tools provided and exploring new ways to improve processes.

Cons: Given our location, the location of the database and the amount of users, the application can be slow. There are some features that need improvement such as the inspection planning and the ability to tie the inspection definition into the process work plans.

I've used Solumina at my last two companies. I've been instrumental in developing the process and tr

Jan 18, 2018
5/5
Overall
5 / 5
Ease of Use
5 / 5
Features & Functionality
5 / 5
Customer Support
5 / 5
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Pros: Ability to track as built history and have Quality integrated into it.

Great for complex lower volume assembly.

Cons: Custom reporting can be more challenging. Exports are easy though. May not be as suitable for high volume serial controlled assemblies (too many entries required) especially if the flow is not continuous.

Overall: Real-time WIP Tracking, Data and Quality metrics

Solumina MES

Apr 14, 2017
5/5
Overall
5 / 5
Ease of Use
4 / 5
Features & Functionality
5 / 5
Customer Support
3 / 5
Value for Money
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Pros: I like that way Solumina seems confusing at first, but when you start using the software it is actually quite intuitive.

Overall: I had a great time, the instructors were quite knowledgeable and had lots of information to share. I enjoy the location of the training course and the gift and prizes were greatly appreciated. Thanks again. Hope to have an opportunity to attend another session.

Recommendations to other buyers: None

Solumina MES is essential to our organization.

Jan 18, 2018
5/5
Overall
5 / 5
Ease of Use
5 / 5
Features & Functionality
5 / 5
Customer Support
5 / 5
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Pros: It is easily customizable and user friendly. It works well in a large manufacturing environment. The company provides great customer support.

Cons: If you do a lot of customizations, it is hard to keep up with the latest version of the product. This is not a fault of the software, but something to keep in mind when implementing.

Overall, Solumina has been a very positive system for our business since start-up.

May 17, 2018
4/5
Overall
4 / 5
Ease of Use
4 / 5
Features & Functionality
2 / 5
Customer Support
3 / 5
Value for Money

Pros: The software is easy to use, both from the user side and the engineering development side. It was a great selling factor during our audits with the FAA.

Cons: The system processing is sometimes slow. Also, had a lot of bugs to work thru during start-up. Also, customer support has sometimes been lacking or not timely.

iBASEt offers a good suite of tools to track manufacturing processes and collect quality evidence

May 23, 2018
3/5
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3 / 5
Ease of Use
3 / 5
Features & Functionality
3 / 5
Customer Support
3 / 5
Value for Money
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Pros: The product is configurable, with access to the internals of the system. This provides a higher level of control over the actual processing that needs to be done in support of manufacturing processes.

Cons: There is not a lot of responsiveness in providing missing features to the suite of tools as they are identified. There are missing bits of functionality that are incongruous with the software audience in their absence.

Overall: Better automation of manufacturing processes

Business users love the functionality. Could use architecture overhaul.

Jan 22, 2018
3/5
Overall
5 / 5
Ease of Use
4 / 5
Features & Functionality
4 / 5
Customer Support
4 / 5
Value for Money

Pros: Empowers the business with capability to grow their manufacturing process (and product lines) without needing IT involvement.

Cons: Architecture. Is not open. REST APIs or C# libraries would be very helpful to allow automation. Data concurrency needs improved to prevent data corruption at times.

Solumina is user friendly

Jan 18, 2018
3/5
Overall
4 / 5
Ease of Use
4 / 5
Features & Functionality
4 / 5
Customer Support
4 / 5
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Pros: Lists the most recent revision of the travelers you need to work on. Easy to add pictures to work plans.

Cons: Would like to see a description field. This would facilitate faster retrieval of repair work plans.

Overall: Provide work instructions for aircraft flight controls

Solumina G8

Jul 26, 2018
4/5
Overall
1 / 5
Ease of Use
4 / 5
Features & Functionality
3 / 5
Customer Support
4 / 5
Value for Money
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Pros: The new interface looks good. Unfortunately it is a Delphi applications that causes other applications to crash.

Cons: I think it is convoluted. Confusing. The database behind the application seems convoluted.

Overall: I have been using Solumina for 8 years.

Solumina MES is feature rich!

May 15, 2017
4/5
Overall
3 / 5
Ease of Use
4 / 5
Features & Functionality
4 / 5
Customer Support
4 / 5
Value for Money
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Pros: Solumina provides a single point of information for operations for Work Instructions, Labor Charging, and discrepancy generation.

Cons: The complexity of the software and its features can present a learning curve to operators or process engineers, but once you are past that it has great audit features and stability

Overall: Consolidated multiple applications across our manufacturing sites by adopting Solumina

Exposed to the software as a notional solution for modernizing manufacturing at our facility

Jan 25, 2018
3/5
Overall
3 / 5
Ease of Use
3 / 5
Features & Functionality
3 / 5
Customer Support
3 / 5
Value for Money
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Pros: Good basic functionality for manufacturing, allows us to modernize the manufacturing processes at our facility

Cons: Lack of features expected to be included in software of this type, lack of integration with other systems to acquire quality evidence

Overall: Ability to modernize and automate the quality oversight of our manufacturing processes

Our company has been a long time iBASEt customer. We use Solumina G5, G7, G8, and MES.

May 24, 2018
4/5
Overall
3 / 5
Ease of Use
4 / 5
Features & Functionality
2 / 5
Customer Support
2 / 5
Value for Money

Pros: It is used at our location to run the shop floor. Operations would not be able to make product without it. Solumina is our lifeblood.

Cons: iBASEt's technology is stale and even in the latest versions, it is behind on the technology curve for Application and what it is developed on.

Always prompt and provide solutions

May 19, 2017
5/5
Overall
3 / 5
Ease of Use
4 / 5
Features & Functionality
3 / 5
Customer Support
5 / 5
Value for Money
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Pros: The data validity and capability to track multiple WO against plans. Also DB structure is tight with procs and triggers.

Cons: Super confusing looking and menu names can be abstract. Solumina G8 browser is not a good fit for a G7 environment.

Solumina MES fits the needs of my team and organization.

Jan 25, 2018
3/5
Overall
3 / 5
Ease of Use
4 / 5
Features & Functionality
3 / 5
Customer Support
4 / 5
Value for Money

Pros: Solumina MES is a great application with many features and iBASEt can customize the application to support various business models and business processes.

Cons: User experience for Solumina MES is not intuitive. A learning curve is expected however working around the interface is cumbersome. As part of the implementation team, the customer service and consultants I worked with could be a little more responsive and helpful.

Good software for storage, retrieval, and linking important docs necessary to support quality.

Jan 22, 2018
5/5
Overall
4 / 5
Ease of Use
3 / 5
Features & Functionality
5 / 5
Customer Support
4 / 5
Value for Money

Pros: Linkage of appropriate documentation is very easy for users and administrators. Controlling information exchange/view to appropriate users is also straightforward. Having the ability to establish sign-off criteria within each particular work order is also excellent.

Cons: Navigation is not logical and could be simplified for user interaction. This would simplify training.

I am part of the Solumina integrations and test team. We are building an interface with QAD.

May 15, 2017
4/5
Overall
3 / 5
Ease of Use
5 / 5
Features & Functionality
5 / 5
Customer Support
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Pros: Very flexible, ability to customize to meet our needs. We are building out an interface with QAD- system seems to be working well.

Cons: Foundation is aerospace, not medical device. Many aspects are confusing or irrelevant to our industry.

It's a piece of work

Jul 20, 2018
4/5
Overall
2 / 5
Ease of Use
4 / 5
Features & Functionality
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Pros: It is very, very customizable. An impressive amount of development clearly went into the product.

Cons: The Solumina G8 browser client software looks like a relic from the Netscape era of UX, very sensitive to network interruption. Bolt-on code can leave something to be desired.

Overall: We are currently in the middle of an exhausting migration from an old version (G5) to new version (G8) and it's been a long, difficult, expensive effort. The company clearly has used Solumina MES successfully in many projects, so it may just be an issue with such a large jump in versioning.

Caveat: I'm new to the product and may not have a full understanding of its value to the company and what competitors might provide.

We are in the process of implementing Solumina. No actual use yet.

May 11, 2017
3/5
Overall
2 / 5
Ease of Use
3 / 5
Features & Functionality
3 / 5
Customer Support
3 / 5
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Pros: I like the capability that the software has to eliminate/reduce paper records for manufacturing and at the same time ensure that the process is followed, increasing compliance.

Cons: Out of the box, Solumina is not designed for our industry. There is a lot of functionality/features/terminology that is standard in our industry that is not present in Solumina.

Overall: We are in the process of implementing Solumina, so we have not realized any benefits yet. Although we expect to eliminate/reduce paper, increase traceability, and improve compliance.

Solumina Review

Mar 30, 2017
4/5
Overall
2 / 5
Ease of Use
4 / 5
Features & Functionality
4 / 5
Customer Support
3 / 5
Value for Money

Comments: This iBaset conference was a great way to receive information about the product. The sessions were a great way to learn how other people use the product. They were also great for those who are participating in an upgrade

Safety oversight in VAB while workers are using Solumina. Looking over their shoulders at Solumina.

Jan 18, 2018
5/5
Overall
3 / 5
Ease of Use
5 / 5
Features & Functionality
5 / 5
Customer Support
4 / 5
Value for Money

Pros: I can review the procedure from anywhere other than where it's being used on floor. The document cannot be lost like paperwork where people forget to bring it back and loose it.

Cons: We lost internet connection and people had to wait until it came back up. It's slower to buy off than paper is.

This product is extremely useful for our organization.

May 11, 2017
5/5
Overall
4 / 5
Ease of Use
4 / 5
Features & Functionality
4 / 5
Customer Support
4 / 5
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Pros: The software captures the needs of production while maintaining good quality . We are currently using the quality module and looking to implement the MES soon.

Cons: The user interface is a bit complicated. New user will need considerable amount of time to understand how to operate the software.

Overall: Great Quality and loving the ability to manage add-ons.

This seminar gave me a much better understanding of Solumina.

May 11, 2017
5/5
Overall
5 / 5
Ease of Use
5 / 5
Features & Functionality
5 / 5
Customer Support
5 / 5
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Pros: I feel like this is one of the better ways when a company wants to move towards paperless programs. All of the information is stored digitally and can be easily accessible if stored on a network. Essentially convenience and making sure each step is done correctly as listed are what I like about it.

Cons: The problem with going digital is that if there happens to be an outside issue like a power outage or a form of hacking, there's vital information that could be put at risk. Consequences could include loss of data and possible external export of classified information.

So far so good

May 11, 2017
4/5
Overall
3 / 5
Ease of Use
3 / 5
Features & Functionality
4 / 5
Customer Support
3 / 5
Value for Money

Pros: Great support from iBaset. Our implementation has been a challenge but so far it is going pretty well.

Cons: a lot of customizability required for our case. This isn't a reflection on the software but really just a nature of the business.