From the classic MDC solution to vertical integration
Machine data Collection (MDC) links machines in production with data or information processing. Due to an efficient machine data Collection, essential data is recorded correctly and with little effort and is, therefore, quickly – in the best case in real time – available for analysis.
By linking machine data with the objects in the ERP system, you go a decisive step further: Analyses and key figures can be created in the context of the plan data, such as those from the production orders. Planned products, planned quantities, planned running times, planned dates, etc. multiply the possibilities of analysis when it is linked to the actual data of the machine data Collection.
This makes the situation on the shop floor completely transparent. Particularly fast, effective and secure when the sometimes immensely high data volume is recorded and processed by automatic machine data Collection. A manual procedure for collecting machine data, on the other hand, unnecessarily strains the resources and often generates many errors in addition.
In this form, machine data Collection thus ensures more transparency in production and makes optimisation potentials more visible. It complements and automates the Collection of operating data. Relevant data is directly reflected in the SAP ERP system. In the best case, the MDC software becomes an important component for the Smart Factory, because the Business Intelligence will be integrated directly in the MES system.
Vertical integration goes decisively further than the classic MDC in two places:
It is important to use software that fits your system landscape to ensure you don’t get bogged down by conventional machine data acquisition while digitalizing your production processes, but can instead realize a real vertical integration bit by bit. This can be achieved with the top flow solution: Machine data acquisition is seamlessly integrated into SAP ERP or SAP S/4HANA as part of the Manufacturing Execution System (MES) top MES.
The result: The machine data supplements the processes mapped in your existing SAP system and ensures uniform data truth. Established SAP objects are supplied with detailed data and functions are automatically executed in the SAP system.
In most cases, machines and systems on a shop floor come from different manufacturers and from different years of construction; the technologies and the available data or their formats are correspondingly differentiated. Machine data collection often has to be supplied from alternative sources. In some machines, retrofitted components can generate the necessary data, while in others, it can be communicated directly with the machine control. When collecting machine data as part of a manufacturing execution system, the data of all assets flow together, are logically processed, made available for analysis or initiate subsequent processes.
A cleverly set up machine data collection not only networks the entire production, but will become an essential building block for a smart factory in the future. When connecting machines and systems, top MES consistently relies on the recognised industry standards for communication – above all on OPC Unified Architecture (OPC UA). This allows you to integrate your assets into a continuous digital process with our Manufacturing Execution System. With top MES, you have a solution for machine data collection that enables actual vertical integration.