a Jump Start
Ready-made Frameworks to Solve Manufacturing Challenges
At Flexware, we’re problem-solvers at heart. Some challenges require an existing tool or solution, and some require an entirely new approach – maybe something that hasn’t yet been invented. Because of our extensive engineering experience and knowledge of available technology, we understand how to build things that solve unique problems. In situations where we find many of our customers would benefit from one of our custom solutions, we’ll dedicate the time necessary to make a framework so that it can be used by a broader audience. Sometimes our solutions are a good fit for a customer and sometimes they’re not, but when they are, we have them at the ready.
COMPLETE SYSTEM CONNECTIVITY FOR AMRS, AGVS, AND MORE!
This solution framework, Logistics Integration Framework Technology (LIFT), serves as an abstraction layer between all of the interconnected systems. The LIFT framework, comprised of both an application and data layer, creates a unified, cohesive logistics solution on top of the existing shop floor and enterprise software systems as shown in Figure 2. The goal of LIFT is to simplify plant floor logistics by serving as the “technical plumbing” that allows information to flow seamlessly between systems as necessary.
In addition to making these complex logistical processes possible, the flexible framework offered by LIFT is easy for manufacturers to build upon in the future because it offers the following:
- Centralized business logic
- Seamless system-agnostic integration of all critical systems into a single, cohesive solution
- The ability to leverage previous successful implementations
- An abstraction layer between all existing systems
- Flexibility with a highly configurable, data-driven solution
Spark MES Framework
A JUMP START TOWARD MES FUNCTIONALITY POWERED BY IGNITION
Flexware’s Spark MES framework, built in Inductive Automation’s Ignition platform, provides a jump start toward MES functionality with a ready-made toolkit. Sometimes this framework is a good fit for a customer and sometimes it’s not. When Spark is a good fit, customers benefit from this rapid deployment solution. The framework’s ability to match processes and feature requirements, while improving user interface, all within budget, makes it an attractive option for the right environment. Let us explore with you if the Spark MES Framework is a good fit.
Galaxy Object Manager
BULK EDITING ARCHESTRA OBJECTS EASILY – AVEVA BY WONDERWARE APPLICATION
The Galaxy Object Manager started as a special application designed to help users interface with a Wonderware Application Server Galaxy by use of comma-separated values (CSV) files. As other features were requested, it grew into an application that addressed other features to make changes more quickly and accurately within the ArchestrA Galaxy than using the normal GUI intensive interface. These advantages include:
- Editing large numbers of items quickly and easily in a spreadsheet format. This includes things like UDA arrays, extensions, and other object information
- Supports the export of objects in an easy-to-modify format which assists in assigning I/O, alarm messages, and descriptions
- Supports the export of extra object data (scripts and graphics) for easy edit and import at a later date
- Provides a means to delete hierarchical objects and templates easily, without the need to delete all the children objects first
- Helps assign I/O address to object instances based on CSV data output from a galaxy
- Enables objects to be renamed easily and simply
- Performs cascading attribute unlocks for all children Templates and Instances
AN ENTERPRISE-WIDE PLATFORM FIT FOR HIGH-SPEED, DISCRETE MANUFACTURING PROCESS
Acumence by Flexware, an enterprise-grade BI platform, makes real-time production data available wherever you are so you can identify and address issues before they happen. Currently operating in 46 plants in 22 countries, this enterprise-grade business intelligence platform is built specifically for high-speed, high-volume processes including the aluminum can manufacturing industry. It can be implemented quickly across multiple sites with minimal support requirements.
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We are a solutions-oriented culture that embraces challenges; we will not walk away from a problem. Contact us today!