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Top 4 Ways to Integrate SCADA and MES to ERP Systems

Can you integrate our ERP system with SCADA/MES application? This is the most frequent question we get asked when starting any new SCADA or MES project, and it’s frequent for a reason.

There are several benefits to integrating your ERP into SCADA/MES including real-time production adjustments, more efficient scheduling, change order efficiency and accurate demand forecasts. Often, we’re also asked if we can build an application to directly tie-in to all the functionality of their ERP system.

In the immortalized words of Bob the Builder, “Can we build it? Yes, we can!” This post will introduce you to the top four ways that Vertech approaches ERP integration.

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MES Essential Tool #8: Statistical Process Control

Wouldn’t it be nice if you had a crystal ball on your factory floor that would tell you exactly when a problem was about to happen? While, statistical process control (SPC) isn’t quite a crystal ball, when integrated as part of your organization’s quality assurance/quality control (QA/QC) process, it’s close.

A specialized form of data analytics, SPC software samples key production variables and compares those variables against known tolerances. In layman’s terms, this means SPC can give plant managers visibility into a possible problem, like a tool that is wearing out, before it turns into a big issue that causes downtime.

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MES Essential Tool #7: Production Scheduling

Electronic data integration across all departments and levels is the holy grail for the digital enterprise. Your grail quest will involve integrating production layer software tools as part of your manufacturing execution system (MES) strategy to optimize operations. Efficient plant floor production will be one battle fought along the way, but it’s an easy-to-obtain victory with the holy hand grenade of production scheduling software.

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MES Essential Tool #6: Predictive Maintenance

Beyond the benefits of common MES tools like OEE and downtime tracking, additional efficiency can be gained in manufacturing operations through the implementation of a predictive maintenance program. Traditional maintenance programs often used time-based intervals for equipment maintenance, which usually means equipment is maintained more often than needed, resulting in unnecessary downtime and labor costs. Worse, every now and then, equipment fails before a scheduled maintenance interval, resulting in unplanned downtime and scrapped product. Instead, predictive maintenance helps determine maintenance intervals in the “Goldilocks zone”— not too early, not too late, but right when needed.

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MES Essential Tool #5: Track and Trace

For heavily regulated industries, such as food and pharmaceutical, manufacturing execution system (MES) tools can offer manufacturers a valuable level of insight into their processes. Using a track and trace system on top of your organization’s control system to monitor the progress of a product through the manufacturing process can provide a wealth of information to all users, from operators to managers.

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Predictive Maintenance Market Grows Along with Benefits

Equipment manufacturers, engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) companies, and power and process plant owners and operators commonly face the challenge of keeping their fleet, machinery, and other assets working efficiently while reducing the cost of maintenance and time-sensitive repairs. Considering the aggressive time-to-market required for industrial products and services, it is crucial to identify the cause of potential faults or failures before they have an opportunity to occur. 

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Vertech Rolled into ICC

ICC 2019 is in full swing in Folsom, CA. The Ignition Community Conference brings together the entire Inductive Automation ecosystem of integrators, third-party suppliers, and the entire Inductive staff including executives, developers, sales, marketing, support and more. Ten Vertech team members representing all three of our offices are attending. Here are a few impressions and comments from the team.

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Essential MES Tool # 4: Asset Management

Asset management systems are used to track a variety of information on your assets (machines), including their manuals, maintenance records, spare parts inventory levels, maintenance schedules, and more. This data is typically stored using a computerized maintenance management system (CMMS). In the manufacturing environment, there is the added benefit of colle cting real - time information about these assets using the numerous sensors and controllers on the plant floor. Bringing these systems together creates a truly powerful tool for maximizing asset productivity.

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Trying to "Catch Them All" Using Unit Testing

Unit testing has long been the standard practice in the world of software development and it’s easy to see why.  Unit testing is the practice where individual ‘Units’ of code are tested to make sure they act as suspected.  With the ever-evolving world of software and constant updates being made to most software products it is more important than ever to be able to test specific ‘Units’ of the code to make sure that recent updates did not have adverse effects on other portions of the code.

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Essential MES Tool #3: Data Entry Automation

In the previous two blogs in this nine-part series, we’ve discussed some of the high-level manufacturing execution system (MES) tools for better understanding productivity problems – overall equipment effectiveness (OEE) and downtime tracking. Both of these MES tools generate a lot of data, which brings up the next important question when it comes to implementing MES solutions in your organization – how do you handle this excess of information?

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