Software Expands Capabilities of Manufacturing Intelligence

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Rockwell Automation has expanded production-intelligence capabilities in new versions within the FactoryTalk information software suite. The new manufacturing-intelligence capabilities have been designed to ease deployment and integration into manufacturers’ operations.

FactoryTalk VantagePoint software is the central reporting and analytics product for all the products in the FactoryTalk information software suite.  VantagePoint v5.0 software now offers rapid prototyping capabilities, improved reporting functionalities, and greater options for viewing on mobile devices.

New reporting capabilities leverage the technology from Microsoft SQL Server Reporting Services and other tools to provide full layout-control and report-writer ability. Users can then share this information across their organization using Microsoft SharePoint to improve data-driven decision making and increase collaboration between employees, divisions and locations.

The VantagePoint Energy bundle delivers information regarding energy relative to a company’s production systems. This can give plant operators a framework for building an enterprise energy-intelligence solution and driving more strategic energy decisions.

The suite also includes FactoryTalk Metrics software, which monitors equipment on the plant floor and provides efficiency monitoring, event collection and data analysis to plant operators who need KPIs regarding machine, line and plant performance, including OEE, mean time between failure and mean time to repair.

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