AAA, ICT to help integrate plant-floor, corporate systems
Exton, PA; Newburyport, MA—Advanced Automation Associates (AAA) and Industrial Communications Technologies (ICT) announced Dec. 2 that they've formed a joint venture, Network Vision Inc., to provide users with manufacturing intelligence and communications intelligence.
"Together, we will be able to provide data integration solutions that close the gap between plant-floor operations and corporate business systems," stated Bob Zeigenfuse, AAA's president, and Marc Fondl, ICT's president. "It means that complete, accurate, up-to-the-moment metrics can be delivered from the production floor to the right people in the front office, at the right time, and in a meaningful, understandable, useful format.
"More importantly, it means that the enterprise will be able to bring together shop floor, supply chain and asset information, and place it at the fingertips of managers, who can use it to make real-time business decisions."
AAA reports that its plant-floor control and information systems provide the foundation "manu-facturing intelligence." Its services also include system integration; scaleable solutions; execu-tion/application standards; vendor neutrality; and open software and hardware standards.
ICT's industrial communications solutions extend those capabilities with "communications intel-ligence," as well as seamless integration; floor-to-floor networking; real-time communications, and open tools, such as OPC, XML, Java and Ethernet.
The two companies add that they will will continue to serve their niche client bases, but now will be able to extend their services, as needed, to meet the growing need for seamless equipment and information management systems.
Control Engineering Daily News Desk
Jim Montague, news editor