Shop floor and enterprise systems require data to execute their core functions properly. MES systems need part counts, cycle times, and inventory records. Quality management systems need rejected part rates and scrap reasons. CMMS systems need data on machine downtime events and maintenance reports.
However, getting shop floor data into these systems has historically been a major challenge. For the data that does make its way into ERP, MES, and other systems, generally the information is manually entered, resulting in delays, inaccuracies, and bias that lead to poor decision-making and execution.
The key to solving this problem is integrating equipment with the factory stack to ensure a stream of accurate, real-time production data that systems can rely on. Machine connectivity enables both humans and systems to access the most effective data, facilitating informed decision-making and automation.
To connect the factory, manufacturing leaders must deploy scalable machine connectivity solutions in such a way that enables interoperability with shop floor and enterprise systems. In this guide, we discuss the extensibility of the MachineMetrics Platform and the value of integrating machines with both shop floor and enterprise systems.