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Edge IoT Solution connects factory floor machines to MES systems

5/29/2019

Advantech Edge IoT Solution connects factory floor machines to MES systems.

BACKGROUND INFORMATION 

A manufacturing execution system (MES) is a computerized information system - used in manufacturing - that connects, monitors and controls complex systems and data flows on the factory floor. MES ensures effective execution of the manufacturing operations and improve production output by providing information that helps manufacturing decision makers understand how current conditions on the plant floor can be optimized. MES enables the real time control of multiple elements of the production process, like inputs, personnel, machines and support services. MES can be seen as an intermediate step between enterprise resource planning (ERP) system, and a supervisory control and data acquisition (SCADA). 

INTRODUCTION 

Antos is a software house specialized in the development of management software for order control like “Bravo Manufacturing”, a production management system dedicated to manufacturing companies With over 500 customers who actively use its products, and specialized technicians with 10+ years of experience, Antos strengths are specialization, implementation and maintenance. Antos "Bravo Manufacturing" is the complete MES for companies that want total production control. It can be integrated with any external software, allows the management of orders and the analysis of results in real time. Alleantia is a Software Company, born in 2011, internationally known for its cutting-edge proposals applied to the Industrial Internet of Things, in particular to Industry 4.0. and improving digital transformation through the interconnection of machines and industrial systems to business applications and cloud apps. Alleantia, thanks to the proprietary I4.0 "Plug & Play" technology and the Library of Things, with more than 5,000 drivers ready to use, simplifies and speeds up the interconnection projects of industrial devices. The "connected by Alleantia" technology today stands as the simplest, most intuitive and powerful plug & play solution for realizing the so-called Industry 4.0, being able to fully satisfy the growing demand for increasingly rapid and effective deployment of industrial IoT projects. The Alleantia offer consists of a multi-platform software, available for Windows and Linux, capable of simply connecting “Plug & Play”, easily and in a few minutes and without programming, any industrial device (machine tools, robots, PLC or simple sensors) to computer world, or the so-called IoT Apps. 

APPLICATION REQUIREMENTS

Antos needed to connect its MES solution "Bravo Manufacturing" to production machines to get real time data, enabling the data-driven operations improvement. To quickly and effectively achieve this goal, Antos needed an edge software to collect data from the field and configurable like a plug & play solution. SOLUTION Industrial IoT introduces data-driven operations improvement by providing the best data available in real time: by connecting the machines, it's possible to see if the machines are working or not; by correlating the variables that the machines can provide, it's possible to analyze and understand the causes of any problems and inefficiencies. Alleantia develops an edge software that collects any kind of data from the field and actually works as a plug&play solution: once you identified that a driver already exists for the machine you are connected to, you are sure to go and install it, connect the desired machine and get all the data available in real time The “Connected by Alleantia” software solution, installed on Advantech's UTX-3117 IoT Edge Gateway allowed Antos to build a prototype in about a week and a half and to release the first certified connector between Bravo and Alleantia within 2 months after. Antos successfully completed over 30 projects with Alleantia: from customers with 2 or 3 connected machines, to companies with more important projects where we connected over 20 machines.
 
About Antos 
Management software development, MES and business organization solutions (www.antos.it)
 
About Alleantia 
Alleantia is improving digital transformation through the interconnection of machines and industrial systems to business applications and cloud apps (www.alleantia.com) 
 
About Advantech
Advantech’s corporate vision is to enable an intelligent planet. The company is a global leader in the fields of IoT intelligent systems and embedded platforms. To embrace the trends of IoT, big data, and artificial intelligence, Advantech promotes IoT hardware and software solutions with the Edge Intelligence WISE-PaaS core to assist business partners and clients in connecting their industrial chains. Advantech is also working with business partners to co-create business ecosystems that accelerate the goal of industrial intelligence.


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