Yokogawa announces SAP interface

At the process show Interkama during Hannover Fair, Yokogawa launched its ISA-95 interface with the SAP NetWeaver platform.


At the process show Interkama during Hannover Fair, Yokogawa launched its ISA-95 interface with the SAP NetWeaver platform.

To show the potential of the interface, Yokogawa demonstrated a real-time manufacturing execution solution leveraging the ISA-95 interface to connect Yokogawa's CS 3000 DCS via Exaquantum/Batch plant information management system (PIMS) with the mySAP ERP solution via the SAP Exchange Infrastructure (SAP XI) component of SAP NetWeaver.

Yokogawa has interfaced its systems with the configurable SAP Manufacturing Intelligence dashboards built on the SAP Enterprise Portal to provide mySAP users with real-time access to control and MES systems. The events are configurable and include a variety of real time data, including alerts based upon the start and end of production, abnormal production occurrences like order cycle time exceeding targets, quality/lab results that are not acceptable, and the abnormal termination of an order due to production upsets. These real-time alerts permit adaptive manufacturing, providing production managers and corporate executives with real-time access to operational data without having to wait for daily, weekly, or even monthly reports of production shortfalls.

The Yokogawa MES system also sends key performance indicator (KPI) data to the SAP Manufacturing Intelligence dashboards. KPI information is also configurable, reporting batch cycle time, overall equipment effectiveness, individual unit (reactor) utilization rates, product quality levels, and product cost vs. target. KPIs are displayed in the SAP dashboards that provide KPI trend displays and hyperlinks to related displays in the Yokogawa MES system.

—David Greenfield, editorial director, Control Engineering, dgreenfield@reedbusiness.com

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