Cimnet--Using XML to integrate Factory Information into the Supply Chain
Robesonia, PA Sept 25, 2002 ¬æ CIMNET (NASD OTC BB: CIMK), a leading developer of Manufacturing Execution System (MES) software, states that the Supply Chain Connector module for their Factelligence√§ MES can dynamically integrate plant floor information into supply chain management and ERP systems using XML and other methods.¬ìRealtime integration of factory information into ERP and supply chain systems is vital to factories moving to a make-to-order strategy,¬î says Jason Dietrich from CIMNET. ¬ìKnowing accurate plant capacity and production status at all times are critical for factories to effectively compete and achieve a rapid time to market for their products.¬ìFactelligence reduces the significant cost of integration of ERP and control systems with its user configurable XML and OPC capabilities and by managing product definition, quality, processing and packaging in one system. The Supply Chain Connector supports XML, direct database connections and file exchange to integrate any information from the Factelligence MES. Plant level information such as production status, quality results and plant availability can be provided to the ERP, while schedules, BOMs and procedures can be electronically presented to plant operators and downloaded into process control systems.Factelligence is a configurable, web-based product that can manage, track and optimize manufacturing facilities. It has twelve MES modules that plug into its core XML data conduit. Each module provides specific functionality including product specification and labor management, production and material lot tracking, WIP inventory and machine utilization management. A web browser based manager¬ís digital cockpit and other user interfaces for operators, supervisors and system administrators are provided.About CIMNET: CIMNET designs, markets and integrates software for manufacturing facilities. CIMNET's products allow manufacturing companies to schedule and monitor work flow in real time and reduce operating costs by improving quality of products being produced. CIMNET's proprietary products, Factelligence, FOLDERS and DNC Professional√§, are used by discrete and process manufacturers in the aerospace, automotive, pharmaceutical, medical devices, food and beverage and consumer packaged goods industries. For more information about CIMNET products or services, go to their website at www.cimnet.com.
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