Integration solution links shop floor with business users

Mi Services Group, the IT services and solutions organisation, has developed an application integration solution for linking shop floor systems with enterprise resource planning (ERP) systems.

Currently designed to link Factory Suite Scada from Wonderware with ERP systems from SAP and Oracle, the new MI Services solution facilitates accurate two-way passage of real time data between the shop floor and other key business systems.

Once deployed, users can gain a real time view of shop floor productivity, inventory status and energy usage to maximise profits and output. By tracking inventory accurately and in real time, companies can lower operating costs and act to reduce stockholding.

The solution employs a high level of integration, managing the production cycle from point of order right through to product completion. The flow of raw materials is monitored by real time agents to ensure the inventory is constantly and immediately updated within the users reporting facilities. The planning process is configured to reorder materials based on analysis of current stock levels and a prediction of expected usage.

‘The need to integrate disparate systems has been a hot topic in the IT industry for some time, but the link between shopfloor technologies and the business systems that receive orders, hold inventory and manage production has often been neglected,’ said Phil Tompkinson, practice manager of Mi Services Group. ‘Best-of-breed shop floor solutions typically do not lend themselves to integration with other vendors applications and our solution focuses specifically on delivering a better exchange of data across these systems.’