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About Lighthouse Systems

Simply Better Manufacturing Performance


Lighthouse Systems: global provider of manufacturing execution system software (MES)

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

Lighthouse Systems' software enables the digital transformation of medium and large manufacturing organisations.

The company and its partners deliver MES solutions based on Shopfloor-Online 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 Systems was named a "Customers' Choice" in the 2020 Gartner Peer Insights: VOC for Manufacturing Execution Systems report. Find out more.


Why Shopfloor-Online?

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

Shopfloor-Online™ 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 Shopfloor-Online™ 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:
  • 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 specialist partner integrators – taking Shopfloor-Online™ 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 Shopfloor-Online 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. 

ISO 9001:2015 Certification

Lighthouse Systems Ltd was certified to ISO 9001:2008 in 2013. In 2016, Lighthouse Systems Ltd achieved certification transition to ISO 9001:2015 for the design, development, production, implementation, and support of Shopfloor-Online 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 teamwork 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 to ensure these are met effectively. We actively seek client feedback to help improve our service and welcome third-party quality inspections to support our customers in fulfilling their regulatory requirements.