From raw materials to finished goods, the data flowing between the information/operations technology (IT/OT) system layer is key to increased efficiency, quality and agility in integrating OT with ERP system.
In today’s evolving industrial automation world of smarter, better, faster system and software applications, data remains a constant. For manufacturers, the most impactful source of information they have is data from the operational technology (OT) layer. The whole point of manufacturing, after all, is to produce finished goods from raw materials in the most efficient manner possible and sell those finished goods to customers. The flow of data between the OT and information technology (IT) system layers has increased in the last decade because of open system architecture and innovative software applications.
IT/OT application roles
Among the most familiar of these IT/OT integrations is the interaction between the enterprise resource planning (ERP) system, process control system (PCS), manufacturing execution system (MES), laboratory information system (LIMS), computerized maintenance management system (CMMS), supervisory control and data acquisition (SCADA) and some others. When going from raw materials to finished goods, each application uses OT data to fulfill a specialized role.
The ERP is the “system of record” for maintaining the company’s books. It manages orders, inventory, production and finished goods from an accounting perspective. At a very high level, the ERP system software tells the MES what and how much of something to produce through a production order. The MES, in turn, tells the PCS what materials it needs, the quantities and the equipment needed to fulfill the production order.
The PCS acts on the information to do the work required to produce the material while reporting its progress to the MES. During the normal course of product production, specific steps in the process may require the material being produced be sampled and analyzed in the LIMS to determine if the product meets specifications. The results of this analysis can initiate actions within the PCS that may include scrapping material, sending material back through the process for rework or sending it to be shipped.
Advantages of OT and IT Convergence
· Better data for better decisions
· Smart, self-monitoring machines
· Retention of specialist knowledge and processes
· Significant cost-savings
· More streamlined operations
By providing the architecture to link IT and OT systems, ERP software gives decision-makers access to much richer data and allows greater insights into every stage of the manufacturing process. This is turn makes businesses more agile, and better able to respond to (or anticipate) changes in market conditions or consumer demand.
ERP implementation also requires companies to choose between on-site, hybrid and cloud solutions. While the security concerns cited above may make on-site solutions appear more attractive, manufacturing companies can derive further benefit from migrating functionality to the cloud. This will generate further savings and enhance the interoperability of their IT and OT functions as their machines and processes become more intelligent – and more competitive.
How YGL BeyondERP can help SMEs in manufacturing industry to adopt and implement Industry 4.0?
We Help Manage Industry 4.0 Implementation via ERP System
With YGL, you’ll be working with the most experienced professionals in the ERP industry. Whether you need short-term support or resources for a long term engagements, our ERP Consultants have the expertise to help you implement and integrate the ERP system requirement for Industry 4.0. With a core team of functional and technical ERP consultants that are both skilled and certified, we can quickly implement a robust ERP System to maximize the value of your investment.
YGL BeyondERP system applications allows you to enable a seamless workflow from your finance to warehouse and right down to your production efficiency by providing you the essential management dashboard which allows you to have a clear visibility.
As an industry leader in ERP system Implementation, we can be sure that each YGL consultants have the highest qualifications. We provide a wide range of ERP System Integrations with experience ranging from IOT(Internet of Things) right down to Data analytics on OEE (Overall Equipment Effectiveness), supporting all functional modules to complete project management for your project needs. All of our consultants are fully vetted for the project they’re submitted for, which means you’re only reviewing the most qualified consultants who do what you need done.
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