What is Shop Floor Data Collection (SFDC)?
Raw data are at the heart of all information systems. In a manufacturing environment, a large amount of data is generated on the shop floor itself, and SFDC represents the way this data is to be collected in order to improve shop floor performance.
In essence, SFDC is about finding out exactly what is happening on the factory floor as a starting point for improving manufacturing performance.
Shop floor information includes: process yield and scrap, machine performance and usage parameters, operations time, order status, inventory and product traceability, quality data, personnel, etc.
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What is an MES System?
The MES (Manufacturing Execution System) is an information system for production management. It provides a range of functions, such as planning, machine data acquisition (MDA), production data acquisition (PDA), energy monitoring, process monitoring and alerting, maintenance, HR functions or traceability. All data that are generated during production are combined, processed and are made available to different users within and outside manufacturing.
In its capacity as a data hub, it integrates already existing IT systems that are used in production and, if necessary, supplies all IT systems involved with relevant data. Thus, the MES system becomes an important operative tool for your production.
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What is a protocol converter gateway?
Industrial protocols are real-time communications protocols, developed to interconnect the systems, interfaces, and instruments that make up an industrial control system.
A protocol converter gateway is a device used to convert standard or proprietary protocol of one device to the protocol suitable for the other device or tools to achieve the interoperability.
There are varieties of protocols used in different fields like power generation, transmission and distribution, oil and gas, automation, utilities, and remote monitoring applications. The major protocol translation messages involve conversion of data messages, events, commands, and time synchronization.
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What is a PLC?
The PLC (Programmable Logic Controller) is an industrial computer control system that continuously monitors the state of input devices and makes decisions based upon a custom program to control the state of output devices.
Almost any production line, machine function, or process can be greatly enhanced using this type of control system. However, the biggest benefit in using a PLC is the ability to change and replicate the operation or process while collecting and communicating vital information.
Another advantage of a PLC system is that it is modular. That is, you can mix and match the types of Input and Output devices to best suit your application.
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What does software engineering mean?
Software engineers and computer programmers both develop software applications needed by working computers. The difference between the two positions lies in the responsibilities and the approach to the job. Software engineers use well-defined scientific principles and procedures to deliver an efficient and reliable software product.
Software engineering treats the approach to developing software as a formal process much like that found in traditional engineering.
Software engineering services include the entire range of life-cycle services (requirements, design, develop, test, implementation) necessary to develop and implement industrial IT systems.
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