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Manufacturing Execution Systems Can Solve Problems Before They Start

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Nancy Golden
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Nancy Golden   11/24/2013 11:39:04 PM
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I like your paradigm much better, Lisa. All too often outside contractors were reluctant to train employees or document their work because they viewed their retaining rather than sharing knowledge as job security - the company would have to depend on them in the future. This attitude can be crippling and cost a company excessive time and money - especially when the original contractor is no longer available and did not provide documentation.

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Lisa Sobkow   11/24/2013 10:25:49 PM
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Great point about using open verse proprietary designs.  I think the systems that really get used and are around many years later are the ones that the manufacturing plant can maintain themselves.  

One way to get plants capable to do self maintenace is to include a training and stand-by support aspect to the project.  This can be any where from a few days to weeks to months depending on the project size.  

We also encourage our customer to assigned a champion that will work with us from system design thru implementation.

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Nancy Golden   11/24/2013 7:17:33 PM
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From my standpoint, it's a lot of fun to see this type of technology maturing. In the old days I had written a program in Testpoint that monitored 168 channels on a factory floor and if one of the channels went out of spec, it paged the engineer with the channel number so that he or she would know whether it was critical or if it could wait until morning...we thought that was pretty cool. You've come a long way! I think there is a strong desire to be able to access data remotely regarding manufacturing processes and a smart phone app (with proper security) will become more in demand. It would be nice to see companies engaged in this type of technology using open rather than proprietary designs to make it more affordable for smaller operations, but I am guessing that the big players will have these types of systems custom designed. Thanks for an interesting article!

Lisa Sobkow
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Lisa Sobkow   11/23/2013 6:27:04 PM
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Rob, we've had limited requests from our customer base for smartphone apps.

Rob Spiegel
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Rob Spiegel   11/22/2013 1:01:15 PM
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Lisa, I've often wondered whether an MES smartphone app is in demand. Do you know if your customer base is looking for this type of functionality?

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Lisa Sobkow   11/22/2013 12:58:03 PM
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At this time Superior Controls does not have any application that we've developed for driving MES data to a smartphone.  We typically integrate off the shelf products but have the capability to develop custom solutions based on the customer needs.

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Rob Spiegel   11/22/2013 11:43:16 AM
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Thanks Lisa. Do you offer MES data transfer to smartphones?

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Rob Spiegel   11/22/2013 11:35:14 AM
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Hey MrDon, Invensys offers plant data on the smartphone:

http://iom.invensys.com/en/pages/IOM_AnnouncementDetail.aspx?NewsID=341

 

I know others are doing it as well. 

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Lisa Sobkow   11/22/2013 9:53:47 AM
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Rob, I couldn't agree more about how valuable an MES system is to a manufacturing plant.  I know my customers realize how valuable it is when they have network issues and they stop collecting data or a PCB stops updating for some reason.  Data is power and getting it automatically without clip board is just that much better.

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Lisa Sobkow   11/22/2013 9:28:18 AM
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Thanks for your comments mrdon.  One way we are getting real-time data to our customer is thru a product called FirstPage.  It collects real-time data and pages it's users (email, cell phones, pagers).  We typically page production counts, buffer values, and downtime occurances.  This product has esculation rules and distrubution list to allow users to only the information they are concerned with.  This means you are not paging someone at 2 in the morning if they work day shif. 

I also know that GE Intelligent platforms has an app called "ProficySCADA" in the itunes app store.  (note, I have no experience with this). 

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