Viewpoint: Harvest live information from the plant floor without sacrificing productivity

When executive officers request live production data, they put production IT managers focused on plant-floor operations in a difficult predicament. To comply, these managers must add tasks to their systems to collect this information. Unfortunately, these additional duties can compromise productivity.

01/01/2008


When executive officers request live production data, they put production IT managers focused on plant-floor operations in a difficult predicament. To comply, these managers must add tasks to their systems to collect this information. Unfortunately, these additional duties can compromise productivity.

Requests to harvest live data from manufacturing operations originate from pressing enterprise needs: The accounting department wants to qualify for a new tax credit; the CEO wants to implement a lean manufacturing initiative; or the COO wants the company to comply with new environmental regulations. All these initiatives require real-time production data from plant-floor devices, and these requests have become more frequent.

To satisfy each request, a production manager has to think about the best way to collect information from plant-floor controls and send it to the enterprise. Historically, managers relied on manufacturing execution systems (MES) to perform these tasks. Translators and handlers are assigned to the MES to gather data needed from each piece of equipment.

Constant requests can become a burden as they task the MES to retrieve additional live production data. The MES is optimized for more mission-critical plant operations. Production managers are more focused on getting output from production lines than configuring new data collection tasks. And the dirty little secret about the MES in most environments is the number of these tasks to satisfy noncritical demands that have been placed on it. With the addition of these noncritical demands, many systems struggle at their main task of keeping plant-floor systems operational.

However, if the data could be transported from production to the enterprise via neutral means, the risk of overloading the MES with noncritical tasks is greatly reduced.

Avoiding the use of convoluted middleware on the MES, intelligent transactions through enabled devices allow the production manager to mine needed data without compromising core tasks. By enabling data collection in a safe environment and providing for its easy and secure transportation to the enterprise, tasks are added without taxing MES performance.



ILS Technology’s deviceWISE enables data collection and delivery of relevant information directly to the consumption point, regardless of where the application resides in the plant or enterprise.

Moreover, using software with a small code footprint allows information to travel between domains with minimal device bandwidth. Data can be collected from any machine; programmable automation controller (PAC); or programmable logic controller (PLC) through connection to legacy systems, regardless of manufacturer or the network to which it is attached.

Installed in PACs, PLCs, plant systems, or the enterprise IT domain, data paths between the plant floor and enterprise can be established in minutes. Tools for production-to-enterprise connectivity help address multiple requests for live data without burdening the MES.

When corporations establish connections between manufacturing operations and corporate decision makers, they expect real-time data to result. This type information access supports the intelligent decision-making needed for flexible operations. But don't ask production managers to compromise their operations to get you there.





No comments
The Engineers' Choice Awards highlight some of the best new control, instrumentation and automation products as chosen by...
The System Integrator Giants program lists the top 100 system integrators among companies listed in CFE Media's Global System Integrator Database.
The Engineering Leaders Under 40 program identifies and gives recognition to young engineers who...
This eGuide illustrates solutions, applications and benefits of machine vision systems.
Learn how to increase device reliability in harsh environments and decrease unplanned system downtime.
This eGuide contains a series of articles and videos that considers theoretical and practical; immediate needs and a look into the future.
Robotic safety, collaboration, standards; DCS migration tips; IT/OT convergence; 2017 Control Engineering Salary and Career Survey
Integrated mobility; Artificial intelligence; Predictive motion control; Sensors and control system inputs; Asset Management; Cybersecurity
Big Data and IIoT value; Monitoring Big Data; Robotics safety standards and programming; Learning about PID
Featured articles highlight technologies that enable the Industrial Internet of Things, IIoT-related products and strategies to get data more easily to the user.
This article collection contains several articles on how automation and controls are helping human-machine interface (HMI) hardware and software advance.
This digital report will explore several aspects of how IIoT will transform manufacturing in the coming years.

Find and connect with the most suitable service provider for your unique application. Start searching the Global System Integrator Database Now!

Mobility as the means to offshore innovation; Preventing another Deepwater Horizon; ROVs as subsea robots; SCADA and the radio spectrum
Future of oil and gas projects; Reservoir models; The importance of SCADA to oil and gas
Big Data and bigger solutions; Tablet technologies; SCADA developments
Automation Engineer; Wood Group
System Integrator; Cross Integrated Systems Group
Jose S. Vasquez, Jr.
Fire & Life Safety Engineer; Technip USA Inc.
This course focuses on climate analysis, appropriateness of cooling system selection, and combining cooling systems.
This course will help identify and reveal electrical hazards and identify the solutions to implementing and maintaining a safe work environment.
This course explains how maintaining power and communication systems through emergency power-generation systems is critical.
click me