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About Lighthouse, an Infor Company

Simply Better Manufacturing Performance


Global provider of manufacturing execution system (MES)

We are 100% focused on helping organisations to achieve the digital transformation of manufacturing operations with our MES software, Lighthouse MES.

Our software enables the digital transformation of medium and large manufacturing organisations.

The company and its partners deliver MES solutions based on Lighthouse MES to companies across the discrete, batch and process industries - in more than 50 countries.

Established in 1990, our HQ is in the UK with operations in Europe, the USA and Asia.

Lighthouse is now part of the "Infor family".

Infor is a global leader in business cloud software specialized by industry. Infor develops complete solutions for our focus industries, including industrial manufacturing, distribution, healthcare, food & beverage, automotive, aerospace & defense, and high tech. Infor’s mission-critical enterprise applications and services are designed to deliver sustainable operational advantages with security and faster time to value. Over 61,000 organizations in more than 175 countries rely on Infor’s 17,000 employees to help achieve their business goals. Visit www.infor.com.


Why Lighthouse MES?

A world-class MES / MOM software to improve your manufacturing performance.

Lighthouse MES is:

  • Highly configurable

  • Multi-lingual, multi-sites

  • Based on Microsoft standards to enable integration with your existing IT infrastructure and ERPs

  • Built with users in mind, runs on any platform and any device.

Our vision of MES is broad. Our solutions based on Lighthouse MES encompass production operations, quality operations, inventory operations, and maintenance operations.

Working with us

We are 100% focused on long-term growth within this sector, serving discrete, batch and process industries. 

In realising our vision, we rely on four pillars:
  • Lighthouse MES – 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 specialist partner integrators – taking Lighthouse MES to targeted geographies and industries
  • Long-term customer focus – continuously supporting customers to implement a strategic vision for their manufacturing operations
  • Our highly skilled and motivated colleagues operating in an exciting and inclusive workplace able to attract and retain the best people
To support this vision, we established the Lighthouse MES User Group in 2012. The platform involves customers and partners in the development of our software at a strategic level, as well as a place for users to exchange knowledge and experience.

Landmark dates in our story

1990 - Lighthouse Systems established in the UK
The company originally developed Statistical Process Control software for quality management. 'SPC-Light' was the first SPC solution for Microsoft Windows and 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-based version of Shopfloor-Online with much improved production information capabilities providing the power of a complete MES.

2006 - Lighthouse Systems opens its Singapore office to service Asia's expanding world-class manufacturing community.

2009 - Lighthouse Systems' first customers move Shopfloor-Online into the cloud.

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

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

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

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

2016 - Lighthouse Systems achieves certification transition to ISO 9001:2015.

2017 - Release of Shopfloor-Online version 7, a faster, more configurable MES software, with enhanced analytics, working across all platform and devices to support Smart Manufacturing.

2020 - Lighthouse Systems recognised in the 2020 Gartner Critical Capabilities for Manufacturing Execution Systems report

2021 -  Lighthouse Systems recognised with an "Honorable Mention" in the Gartner Magic Quadrant for Manufacturing Execution Systems. 

2021 - Lighthouse Systems becomes part of Infor, its MES offering will complement Infor CloudSuite ERP.