Speedier production management application development
The application development capabilities of Rockwell Automation’s FactoryTalk ProductionCentre have been updated and expanded to help users save time and money when building and deploying manufacturing production applications across multiple sites. It leverages the FactoryTalk Services Platform, a service-oriented architecture (SOA) for improved plant-wide integration.
“Many of today’s customized manufacturing systems lack the flexibility to integrate and collaborate between applications,” said Greg Gorbach, vice president for collaborative manufacturing with ARC Advisory Group. “FactoryTalk ProductionCentre uses the FactoryTalk common services architecture, which allows applications to discover, connect and share real-time data in a secure, scalable manner.”
This new version of FactoryTalk ProductionCentre also supports the latest J2EE infrastructure from IBM, the IBM WebSphere Enterprise Service Bus built on WebSphere Application Server for an integrated SOA platform.
Allowing FactoryTalk ProductionCentre users to “own” the business process descriptions helps reduce development costs and speeds application deployment, says Kevin Roach, vice present of software for Rockwell Software. “The need for greater agility and responsiveness in manufacturing execution is driving manufacturers away from complex legacy systems to more standardized, commercial, off-the-shelf technology,” he added.
Rockwell Automation’s FactoryTalk software covers six production disciplines common to most manufacturing operations. FactoryTalk ProductionCentre is part of the production management discipline.