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About Lighthouse Systems

About Lighthouse Systems

Simply Better Manufacturing Performance


Lighthouse Systems is a global provider of manufacturing execution system (MES) software delivering real-time manufacturing operations management. 

Our MES/MOM software solutions based on Shopfloor-Online™ help manufacturing organisations measurably improve their efficiency, output, compliance, and customer satisfaction.
Directly and through our partners we serve medium and large businesses – from a wide range of sectors across the discrete, batch and process industries – in more than 50 countries worldwide.
We have operations in France, the Nordic countries, the UK, the USA and Singapore.

Helping you maximise your manufacturing performance

Lighthouse Systems MES software solutions are:
  • Cost effective to run and support
  • Multi-lingual, powerful, practical, and scalable 
  • Based on Microsoft standards to enable integration with your existing IT infrastructure and ERPs
  • Built with users in mind, for fast, efficient uptake across the board
In keeping with the MESA ISA-95 model, our vision of MES is broad. Our solutions based on Shopfloor-Online™ encompass production operations, quality operations, inventory operations, and maintenance operations.

MES is all we do. Lighthouse Systems is 100% focused on long-term growth within this sector, serving discrete and batch industries. 

In realising our vision, we rely on four pillars:
  • Shopfloor-Online™ – which we continually develop to help our customers achieve operational excellence, while meeting changing demands on the manufacturing process, and long-term evolutions such as the Internet of Things, additive manufacturing, and mobile technologies.
  • Our partner integrators – taking Shopfloor-Online™ to targeted geographies and industries.
  • Long-term customer focus – continuously supporting customers to implement their strategic vision for their manufacturing operations.  
  • Our highly skilled and motivated colleagues operating in an exciting, inclusive workplace able to attract and retain the best people.
To support this vision, in 2012, we established a User Group. Through the Shopfloor-Online User Group, we involve customers and partners in the development of our software at a strategic level as well as offer a platform for users to exchange knowledge and experience.  You can request to join our User Group on Linkedin.

1990 - Lighthouse Systems is established in the UK, developing Statistical Process Control software for quality management including SPC-Light, the first SPC solution for Microsoft Windows which has sold in over 40 countries with more than 15,000 installations in six languages.

1992-1999 - Lighthouse Systems continues its development, selling SPC-Light through OEMs and resellers, across Europe, Asia and the USA.

1999 - Launch of the first version of Shopfloor-Online, a real-time shop-floor data collection and reporting system focusing on quality, SPC and production information.

2000 - Lighthouse Systems opens its US office in Rochester NY.

2003 - Launch of the web version of Shopfloor-Online MES factory information system with much improved production information capabilities giving it the power of a full Manufacturing Execution System (MES).

2006 - Lighthouse Systems opens of an office in Singapore to service the expanding world-class manufacturing community in Asia.

2009 - First customers move Shopfloor-Online into the cloud.

2010 - More than 200 Shopfloor-Online deployments are live across 33 countries.

2012 -  Lighthouse Systems achieves  Microsoft Gold competency award and holds its first Shopfloor-Online User Group seminar.

2013 – Lighthouse Systems Ltd gains the ISO 9001:2008 Certification for its Software development Operations. Launch of LZ-Lifescience, a joint-venture with Zenith Technologies to bring Shopfloor-Online MES to the pharmaceutical and life science markets. Opening of an office in Paris to service and develop the French customer base.

2014 - Lighthouse Systems increases customer reach in the Nordic Countries.

ISO 9001:2015 Certification

Lighthouse Systems was certified to ISO 9001:2008 in 2013.  In 2016, Lighthouse achieved certification transition to ISO 9001:2015 for the design, development, production, implementation and support of Manufacturing Execution System (MES) software. We are committed to providing software products as a base for outstanding manufacturing solutions. We achieve this by adopting a quality-based business approach, compliant with regulatory and customer requirements. We aim to continually improve our quality-management system through:

Investing in people

We grow our most important resource through mentoring and training, promoting the core spirit of team work to achieve excellence.

Product and process improvement

Through continuous and active data gathering and analysis we:
  • Identify opportunities for improvement
  • Root out the causes of any issues
  • Develop effective actions and implementation 

Customer collaboration

We work closely with our end customers, project teams and partners to identify requirements and concerns, and ensure these are met effectively. We actively seek client feedback to help improve our service. And we welcome third-party quality inspections to support our customers in fulfilling their regulatory requirements.

Microsoft Gold competency in Application Development

Lighthouse Systems has been a Microsoft Gold Partner and, following the re-structuring of Microsoft’s partner scheme, achieved Gold competency in Application Development. This shows that Shopfloor-Online™ MES software meets the highest standards for application development and compliance with Microsoft architecture.
  • Microsoft validates that Shopfloor-Online™ is functionally sound and optimised for the Microsoft platform.
  • Attaining Gold competency rubber-stamps our ability to exploit the current Microsoft platform’s most innovative features and functions.