ERP Integration Application Designed To Speed Plant-Floor Transactions
Rockwell Automation has extended the capabilities of its Rockwell Software industry solutions with an enterprise resource planning (ERP) Integration Gateway application. The application is designed to allow plants to more easily and cost-effectively exchange transactions and execute business processes across plant-floor and business systems in real-time.
The architecture of the ERP Integration Gateway allows for exchange of common types of information required for agile manufacturing, such as quality, order planning and scheduling, as well as accounting of production costs and material usage. The ERP Integration Gateway is delivered on the Rockwell Software manufacturing services bus, a component of the Rockwell Software manufacturing operations platform. The manufacturing services bus provides a service-oriented architecture (SOA) framework for messaging between applications. The manufacturing services bus supports all of the common enterprise integration patterns and more than 30 different transport technologies, allowing for deployment into any existing IT environment.
The Rockwell Software manufacturing operations platform leverages existing IT skill sets and infrastructure to help reduce installation and maintenance costs. Graphical data mapping and the use of open, industry standard tools provide visual data transformation that requires no coding. Rockwell notes that potential advantages of the integration framework include ease of support and the ability for repeatable deployment of standard functionality, which is easily extended to support customized ERP deployments.