2014 ARC Industry Forum: Applying programming standards to system integration
It is important to use a certified integrator for a PackML implementation, said Jeff Shiepe, project engineer for electricity and automation at the Nestle professional LJ Minor Factory in Cleveland, Ohio, at his 2014 ARC Industry Forum presentation entitled “Lessons learned in the system integrator-end-user customer relationship.”
- Maintain flexibility and quality
- Process orders came through multiple systems.
- Complete integration with MES and ERP systems, adding packaging side of the factory
- Communication among equipment was needed to support the business model.
- Must develop well-defined specs, and all stakeholders must agree. Once coding starts, changes are costly.
- PackML needs more exposure to global OEMs and should be part of their offerings.
- Until OEMs embrace PackML, there will be additional costs, but benefits outweigh them.
- Have a contingency plan. If OEMs can’t or won’t do it, ensure integrators can.
- Ensure that the integrator understands PackML (or any technologies used) and can train OEMs to use it.
- As a last resort, the integrator has to be willing to write the code if the OEM can’t or won’t.
- Develop checks and balances to herd off any problems.
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