Rockwell Automation has extended the capabilities of its Rockwell Software industry solutions with an Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) Integration Gateway application. The application allows plants to more easily and cost-effectively exchange transactions and execute business processes across plant-floor and business systems, in real-time, the company explains.
The robust and expandable architecture of the ERP Integration Gateway allows for exchange of common types of information required for agile manufacturing, such as quality, order planning and scheduling, as well as accounting of production costs and material usage. The ability to exchange quality information between manufacturing and business systems provides a number of benefits, including fewer deviations and exceptions, lower cost of quality and compliance, and faster release of finished goods. The integration of order planning and scheduling also helps manufacturers improve on-time delivery, supply chain efficiencies, and resource utilization, and it gives the ability to more quickly respond to changing business demands. Integrating accounting of production costs and material usage can help reduce cycle time and inventories, and can provide a more accurate accounting of product and production costs.
The ERP Integration Gateway is delivered on the Rockwell Software manufacturing services bus, a key component of the Rockwell Software manufacturing operations platform. The manufacturing services bus provides a service-oriented architecture (SOA) framework for messaging between applications.