BUSINESS PLANNING

More control as process data is brought together

Fisher-Rosemount claims a first for its Asset Management Solutions software for process manufacturers: the integration of information from intelligent field devices and other equipment, such as pumps and turbo machinery, into a single scale-able and open environment.

This will provide information not previously available and will be a boon in the effective management of plant assets. It will also have an important role in monitoring and providing predictive maintenance diagnostics.

Two of the main members of the AMS family of software are the Field Server and Field Manager applications.

Field Server is a scaleable asset management platform which builds a single database of information from all the field devices.

Field Manager works with Field Server, delivering essential information to plant operators. It allows for the configuration, calibration and troubleshooting of field devices.

AMS software comes as a single-user application or as part of a client-server network.

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* Small manufacturers suffer because they cannot always afford to use integrated information software, says developer Caliach. Yet these could be crucial to meet the big pressure on today’s businesses: maintaining competitiveness.

The company’s response is a complete MRP II system for £1,500.

The CaliachMRP Small Business Special is a three-user manufacturing management system with Windows-based MRP II. A free CD-rom of MRP II software is thrown in. This can also be obtained on its own, free, from the company and a try-before-purchase offer is available.

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* The 3.5version of the statistical process control program SPC-PCIV for Windows allows users to print up to eight charts on a single page, offers multivariate analysis and can import data from ODBC applications such as Access, Paradox and Oracle.

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