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Enterprises understand the value of integration. One area that has been ignored is the plant. Plant systems and corporate systems must be complementary and leverage each other to provide their maximum value. Production intelligence provides both integration and valuable information which is not available in either type of system.
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Captured by Data
The benefits case for enterprise asset management (EAM) has been used to justify huge sums in EAM investment. But to understand this reasoning, it is necessary to explore how asset data can be used to further the aims of maintenance.
: data acquisition (SCADA) or Citect , commercial databanks, user groups, and at times consultant organizations. Similarly to information from manufacturers, there is a need to understand how this applies to the operating environment of your assets. As asset owners require more and more technologically advanced products, items come onto the market with limited test data in operational installations, further complicating the issues of maintenance design through data. The factors that decide the lengths that
Enterprise Resource Planning Vendor Gains Connectivity through Acquisition of Plant Intelligence Provider
SAP has gained connectivity to virtually any source on the plant floor and analytical functionality through its acquisition of Lighthammer's products for plant intelligence. SAP users in the process of evaluating plant intelligence solutions should seriously consider Lighthammer.
: , GE Fanuc , Citect , Siemens, Yokagawa, and PSI-BT , to name only a few. A further challenge for SAP will be establishing themselves as a trustworthy partner to independent software vendors (ISV) that are afraid of being acquired in order to build the necessary ISV ecosystem (see SAP NetWeaver Background, Direction, and User Recommendations ). SAP also has to clarify for potential plant-level ISV partners how to use xMII as an underlying platform for delivering preconfigured industry templates and
Has SAP Nailed Plant Level Leadership with Lighthammer?
The acquisition of the formerly loyal composite applications partner Lighthammer bolsters SAP's capabilities of connectivity and visibility into manufacturing plant performance. However, it does not, at this stage, provide much added industry-specific shop-floor functionality per se.
: , USData FactoryLink , Citect , and general-purpose open process control (OPC) servers. The product also allows direct connections to Sybase and IBM DB2 databases, which augment the extensive list of connectors already available for Invensys-Wonderware , Intellution , Oil Systems , Aspen Technology , Oracle , Microsoft SQL Server , and open database connectivity (ODBC) data sources. This concludes Part One of a two-part note. Part Two will analyze the market impact of the acquisition, and make user
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