Process control and
automation are in wide use with large manufacturers.
Within the majority of these process control systems lies vital data,
which to date has been sadly ignored.
In the past, forward-thinking organizations have taken on the task of
collecting the data within the process control system, but in nearly all cases
the data is compiled in batches.
Therefore, the final reports (which reflect what happened weeks ago) can
only be used to analyze failure or success that has already occurred, allowing
managers to “see where they have been—not where they are.”
Today, those same forward-thinking organizations
are learning that the data within the process control system can be assembled in
Now, they are learning that their reporting systems can reflect where
they are right now.
These up-to-the-second reports, for example, allow management to spot
production problems, supply problems and maintenance problems before they
disrupt the process.
Real-time information is useful in other ways.
For example, a supplier of seats for Ford Motor Company is given access
to production schedules via a secure web site.
The supplier loads seats into trailers in order according to the
When the truck arrives at the assembly plant, workers at Ford simply
unload seats strait to the assembly area, avoiding the manual sorting and wasted
floor space in the receiving bay.
Leading manufacturers are beginning to understand
that the data available to them may be compiled into information that is
enormously beneficial to the entire organization—not just the engineering and
maintenance staff. In many cases, making key reports available to
customers or suppliers via a secure, password protected web site helps make a
product much more attractive to those in purchasing and sales at other
organizations. Companies who offer these business-to-business services
often find it makes the difference in getting products sold. Organizations
that implement systems that share information efficiently are the ones that will
rise to the top in their respective markets. With just a little
imagination and investment, you can implement innovative systems that will
enhance efficiency in your organization.
We have the experience to convert the data within your process, into information
for the people who need it, in a format they can use—in real-time.
We provide Manufacturing Execution Systems (MES), Human-Machine Interfaces (HMI)
Real-Time Databases that enhance manufacturing
systems. From the plant floor information that your operators need, to
production data needed by the front office, purchasing agents and sales
force. Tell us what information you need, we'll help you get it.