By focusing on business and operational goals, ACC works with manufacturers to develop a pragmatic, value-based approach to implementing a Manufacturing Intelligence (MI) solution. The goal for an MI solution is to turn large amounts of manufacturing data into real knowledge and to use that knowledge to drive business results. Manufacturing Intelligence solutions can include:
Electronic Records (Paper-to-Process)
ACC recognizes the burden in time and errors that paper based records can place on an organization. Despite the usage of sophisticated automation control systems, many companies still do business in a legacy paper paradigm, where work instructions, data collection and operating procedures are bound to paper and follow independent work flows. ACC provides solutions for enabling better integration and control over paper based records (Batch Records, Device History Records, etc.), leading to improved efficiency, reduced time-to-release, and agility to meet changing market demands.
Measurement of metrics like downtime and OEE, along with quality metrics help manufacturers make better decisions about scheduling, resources and capacity planning. We take a methodical approach to defining your plant model and helping to “filter out the noise” in determining the most important metrics to monitor.
“Getting the right data, to the right person, in the right place at the right time.” Most manufacturers have invested heavily in ERP and plant automation; today’s most successful companies know that accurate and timely information exchange between business and manufacturing systems is crucial to continued profitability, agility and customer satisfaction. ACC’s approach leverages technology and standards to simplify the integration of these systems, leading to better business decisions through access to current and accurate information.
Track and Trace
ACC applies a consistent, standards-based methodology for using technology to track manufacturing resources from receipt of raw materials, equipment usage, personnel training and completion of manufactured products. Our approach begins with the design and study of the work flow, identifying interactions between business groups and functions, and information exchange, including trigger mechanisms and data format. In similar fashion to a P&ID, which provides relevant information regarding the process and information, a workflow analysis can be presented in a series of diagrams which describe informational flows, functional boundaries, security, timing and technical requirements for operations, engineering and information systems groups. From this analysis, a picture of business operations emerges. Opportunities can be identified, and detailed plans for solutions and technology can be defined. Technical implementation and organizational “buy-in” follow from this structured approach.
ACC is committed to the definition of standards such as ISA S95 Control-to-Enterprise Interface (ACC is founding and voting member, and Chris Monchinski our VP of Manufacturing Intelligence is the current co-chair of this committee). We also work with customers to define standardized platforms and practices, which can then be globally deployed.