‘Live everywhere’ manufacturing

Camstar has unveiled its vision for ‘Live Everywhere Manufacturing’ via its ‘Virtual Factory’ Suite.

‘Live Everywhere Manufacturing’ the company claims, optimises the manufacturing assets of companies and their suppliers by sharing live production information with enterprise applications and business systems throughout an organisation and across the supply chain.

‘Through Live Everywhere Manufacturing, enabled by the Virtual Factory Suite, global manufacturers – for the first time – can see and manage multiple locations, processes and companies as a single virtual factory,’ boasts Dave Cone, president and CEO of Camstar.

In recent years, leading corporations have spent billions of dollars on Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) and Supply Chain Management (SCM) applications to manage critical business processes in real-time – first within their own enterprises and, more recently, across their supply chains and customer markets.

However, a vulnerable blind spot remains. ERP applications report transactions that have already happened and SCM applications plan and predict future activities, but neither of these systems provides a live view of what is happening – right now – in manufacturing.

According to an article published by Vinay Asgekar, research director for High Tech & Semiconductor in AMR Research Alert: ‘The manufacturing chain is changing dramatically as High-Tech companies acquire or outsource manufacturing assets. Companies need a consolidated view of the new distributed manufacturing operations. Managing business without such visibility is like wearing blinders in rush hour traffic. Without global, enterprise-wide, real-time visibility, manufacturing execution is completely disconnected, resulting in poor delivery, lost market opportunities, and excess inventory, as was painfully evident in the last economic cycle.

‘One reason for not having this unified view is the islands of business data,’ the report continues. ‘Demand data resides in the Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) systems; forecast and plans reside in planning systems; and Manufacturing Execution System (MES) applications control the actual manufacturing and shop-floor data. The second reason is the distributed manufacturing environment. Manufacturing assets were shuffled through divestitures, and manufacturing companies grew through their acquisitions, creating an environment of disparate shop-floor systems across different plants, which ERP systems are not capable of consolidating.’

The Virtual Factory’s applications deliver live information from across global manufacturing networks to other enterprise and supply chain business systems. They make business-critical, up-to-the-minute information from distributed manufacturing processes available to the enterprise, and to suppliers and customers on a ‘need-to-know’ basis.

Camstar Solutions Group, working with Camstar’s other systems integration partners, is already implementing Live Everywhere Manufacturing and the Virtual Factory for major manufacturers such as IBM and Corning.

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