Production is a key factor to succes
Doing business is in a global market is not easy. For most companies, the mix of efficiency, flexibility and quality in producing is one of the key success factors. Well managed operations and resources enable entrepreneurs to be just a little more flexible, just a liitle more efficient and to deliver better quality than the competition.
A Smart System for Industry provides a comprehensive insight into operational information. With this information production can be managed while questions can be answered like: "What is the added value of my production?". "Can I give my customers what they ask for?". "How can I guarantee the quality of my products and processes?" in order to deploy further improvements.
Operations are far from standard
Operations, however, are different for each company. This is often the result of years of trial and improvement. Everything and everyone is tuned - like one well-oiled machine. The last thing a business owner wants to do is to chuck this because of the arrival of an new automation system. Also most companies deal with an existing infrastructure and existing machines of all ages and types. An entrepreneur who dares to step into Smart Industry has rightly many requirements.
Precisely for this reason, is our experience, applying standard MES, MOM, LMS etc.packages often lead to many workarounds and customized solutions to make them suitable for a specific business requirements. For the customer, this was expensive and often for us it was truely a nightmare.
Automation must be subservient to operations
To meet the needs of our customers we had think of how to be able to build a system efficiently and deliver a 100% fitting - nothing more and nothing less - solution to our customer, in his own words and with its own procedures, without extensive customization. The system had to be able to communicate just as easily in real-time with machines and devices - according to current standards- as if it could communicate with enterprise systems like ERP and databases. Users of the system were to be provided with meaningful operational data, rather than that they themselves had to interpret the raw data. Using the user interfaces to the machines had to be as simple as possible. At the same time the system had to be robust, redundant, integer, extensible, scalable and safe. This plays an important role if the customer want to do automated execution of operations.