Strategic enterprise integration: faster reaction to market variations

Most manufacturers use a Product Lifecycle Management (PLM) for product design and development; and an Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) system for the high-level management of the company. It’s also common organizations have in place other type of manufacturing relevant applications in place, such as document management and training systems. The Enterprise Integration module provides a robust, bi-directional asynchronous communication mechanism based on a message queued and a queue processor.

Enterprise Integration capabilities

MES provides bi-directional integration to enterprise applications to support both rapid tactical shifts and strategic business goals. Benefits include:

  • Real-time synchronization between the ERP and the MES
  • Reduction in data entry
  • Reduction in the opportunity for errors

PLM and MES integration

Communication between MES and other applications like PLM can prove to be essential for perfect interoperability of the system infrastructure. It allows for continuous response to shifting demands by distributing the latest product designs and assembly methods to a more connected, efficient, and effective production value chain.

There are direct connections from PLM to the shop floor, i.e. with work instructions, routing information, etc., and vice versa from the shop floor to PLM with non-conformance results.

The direct link between PLM and MES has the potential to deliver agility through shop floor execution excellence.

Embrace digital transformation

Modern MES systems play a critical role in Industry 4.0, utilizing the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT)-enabled production marketplace. However, not all MES are currently designed to accommodate the integration, decentralization, and new technologies of Industry 4.0.

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