Intergraph, SAP, Siemens, Microsoft and Digital came together in Birmingham early last month to demonstrate the reality and benefits of Internet solutions in manufacturing.
This was the Internet Enabled Manufacturing event’, attended by some 100 IT professionals and systems integrators. The event has already toured Austria, France, Germany, Italy, the Netherlands, Spain and Sweden.
The new solutions are based on Microsoft BackOffice (Windows NT Server, Exchange, SQL Server, Merchant Server and Internet Explorer), SAP’s R/3 Release 3.1 Internet Transaction Server, Siemens’ Simatic WinCC SCADA system and Intergraph’s CAD/CAM and PDM solutions, Solid Edge, Active CGM and InTime.
Rod Blackwell, for Microsoft, commented: In an increasingly competitive market, we believe that solutions based on the Internet will provide enormous benefits for manufacturing in terms of reducing costs and increasing profitability.’
A CD-ROM is available from the group of four via SAP.
Microsoft has launched Internet Explorer 4.0 Preview 2 on the Web with the Internet browser, a comms and collaboration set-up and full Web integration as well as Active Channel technology, as supported by over 250 of the world’s content providers.
Also now released by Microsoft is its Agent beta 2.0 software which is said to provide access to highly animated interactive software characters as the next generation of APIs.
Microsoft has announced J/Direct allowing Java developers to call the entire Win32 API and all its services directly as a new feature of its virtual machine for Java.