Factory Systems integration creates intelligent connections between Factory Systems and Factory Assets. The key is to first align around the Production Life Cycle and then to digitally connect all the Digitally capable Assets within for each Operational step.
In the Smart Factory, PLM, ERP, MES and CMMS are integrated along their respective process life Cycles. Likewise, to gain the value of a Smart Factory, the MES System is also integrated with; Factory Equipment, Quality Systems, Automation Controls and other Digitally capable Factory Systems to achieve orders of magnitude in Production benefits. These include; Higher Yield, Increased Production output, reduced human dependencies and Product cost.
In Summary, The Smart Factory is essentially a ‘Connected Factory’.