Wonderware, a business unit of Invensys Systems Inc., and whose products are sold and supported in the UK and Ireland by Stockport based Pantek Limited, today announced that it will extend the integration of Wonderwares open manufacturing software solutions built on ArchestrA technology to the Microsoft Dynamics AX business management solution.
This new capability will utilise the ISA-95 standard for enterprise-to-control system integration and will enable more seamless transfer of production order and material transactions between Microsoft Dynamics AX and multi-vendor plant systems that are integrated with Wonderwares software solutions.
Wonderwares existing enterprise integration capabilities have been designed to improve synchronisation of business processes and manufacturing operations activities on the plant floor, effectively bridging the gap between the real-time domain of the plant floor and the transactional domain of business systems, Mark Davidson, vice president of global marketing for Wonderware.
Wonderwares production and performance management, supervisory control, HMI and SCADA software solutions are built on the open standards-based ArchestrA technology. By using standard B2MML (Business-To-Manufacturing Markup Language) messages, customers can automatically download production schedule and bill-of-material (BOM) information to plant systems, obtain real-time views of actual production order status including alerts and receive real-time feedback of actual material consumptions for accurate report-as-finished journals.
Our intention to evolve the enterprise integration capabilities to include integration with Microsoft Dynamics AX is a natural step in Wonderwares longstanding technology and business relationship with Microsoft, Davidson said. We believe this will provide a great combined solution for small to mid-size manufacturing customers.
Our goal with ArchestrA technology is to offer comprehensive manufacturing enterprise software solutions that are low risk, highly sustainable, and faster and easier to implement. This cooperation is another great example of how Wonderware and Microsoft work together to add significant value to our mutual customers.
In response to the continued growth in market demand for integrated business-to-manufacturing solutions, Wonderware and Microsoft collaborate to help customers improve manufacturing throughput and on-time delivery with more accurate, real-time information for production planning, execution and predictable order fulfilment. At the same time, reduced total cost of ownership (TCO) is achieved through the widespread use of industry standards and the re-usability of engineering and best practices.
Wonderwares production and performance management software solutions include a complete range of manufacturing execution system (MES) and reporting and analysis applications that give manufacturers the freedom, flexibility and scalability to adapt to local plant requirements and budgets, while simultaneously supporting multi-plant standardisation initiatives aimed at operational excellence and higher corporate profitability.