GE expands and extends SOA offering
GE Fanuc Intelligent Platforms recently announced the launch of Proficy Workflow, a new service oriented architecture (SOA)-based business process management (BPM) application designed to extend the functionality and utility of existing enterprise resource planning (ERP,) manufacturing execution system (MES) and human/machine interface (HMI) solution.
According to company sources, Proficy Workflow digitizes and streamlines production processes such as work instructions, standard operating procedures, corrective action decisioning and more.
The solution operates by digitizing a production “flowchart,” connecting the people, materials, equipment and systems involved in the work process. The workflows can encompass a broad array of industrial activities, from basic tasks such as asking an operator to check tank levels every hour, to managing an entire production process, to orchestrating data transformations between ERP and MES. The workflow system– and its reporting and visualization – can be made accessible to virtually any employee, including quality managers and quality technicians, maintenance, operations supervisors, industrial engineers and others.
“Proficy Workflow enables companies to achieve a responsive, data-driven, event-based production management strategy,” said Greg Millinger, Workflow/SOA Product Manager for GE Fanuc. “By digitizing processes with industrial workflow, users can capture process, traceability and quality data, drive lean initiatives based on factual information, and close the loop for production improvement.”