Now a day, every manufacturing enterprise has at least one enterprise application system (ERP) to run the financials, supply chain and warehouses which will in turn manage all the business resources. And there should be a manufacturing execution system (MES) that help manage and control production. In order to take the decision at appropriate time it is most important to connect the ERP with MES in almost real time.
With the advent of standards like JMS, developers can now connect numerous technologies. With the help of JMS distributed-system design and integration are easier and their easiness on data integrity and distribution are having a high contribution to system success.
P2E Framework Using JMS
The enterprise resource planning and supply chain systems and the people that use them are hungry for the information generated by manufacturing operations. The JMS enterprise messaging provides a reliable, flexible service for the asynchronous exchange of critical business data and events throughout an enterprise. Similarly, the production systems depend on the demand, material, product design, and scheduling data that flow from business systems. Many manufacturers still rely on manual, paper-based techniques, or inadequate, fragile point-to-point systems integration to support the processes and applications that comprise communications between these mission critical systems.
Of course their will be delay between the data exchange between the systems but it will be still less than the traditional batch data flush using Data Transfer Services. When the manufacturing plants are highly outsourced and when the parts are prepared in different plants it is very important to know the actual status of each component manufacturing process to the demanding customer (Here the customer could be a department or an outside customer). Batch process running on every evening or every week ends not only delays the decision making but also gives lacks of visibility.
Using JMS the systems can still continue working even if the other system is off or when there is a network issue.
When the other system awake the data can be populated or supplied without any loss of information. Thus it gives more flexibility for maintenance too.
Most of the equipments are very fast and provides huge amount of data within minutes and most of the enterprise systems are simply aren't designed to absorb most production data in its original form. It needs to be put into the context of orders, inventory levels, or product status. There should be a middle ware which will filter and update the ERP. The highly decoupled JMS architecture is the best suite for all these kind of applications.
Many companies use Manufacturing Execution systems with service-oriented-architecture (SOA) to accomplish the real time data capture. But most of the time the communication standards are not disclosed to the programmer level to implement additional integrations. In this scenario the JMS architecture plays a vital role.
In order to engage in the strategic initiatives such as Lean, Six Sigma, Real-time, or Continuous Improvement to drive manufacturing excellence, the real time manufacturing information capturing is to be done at the shop operations level. Thus it is easy to monitor and metric efforts, then adjust tactics to ensure that financial outcomes meet expectations. An enterprise-wide P2E strategy can be implemented using the JMS technology to synchronize the people and processes that comprise your business.
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