Source of the standards
The landing webpage for the ISA95 series of standards on "enterprise-control system integration" includes a wealth of information about the standard, its purpose, how it was developed, links to document products, and contacts for all the standard committee officers.
ISA / www.isa.org
Quicker jog to biz level
Jim Montague's online feature article in Control, "Pathways from operations to enterprises are getting shorter, simpler," shows how former hurdles from the plant floor to the business level are getting streamlined thanks to more capable components, software and networks, though the primary task remains convincing potential users.
Control / www.controlglobal.com
MES Essentials video
This 46-minute video, "Manufacturing Execution System (MES) Essentials," is based on a webinar presented by Alex Marcy, president, Corso Systems, to help its customers and viewers improve their manufacturing operations. It covers calculating overall equipment effectiveness (OEE), converting OEE to lost production costs, real-time cost per unit, reporting, and how to grow an MES system beyond key performance indicators.
Corso Systems / http://corsosystems.com
Community of ISA-95
ISA-95.com reports that it's the leading website for information, training and promotion of the ISA95 standard for control-enterprise integrtion. It adds that it's based on a free exchange of general, technical and commercial information about ISA95, and its mission is to create a platform for knowledge development, and create a knowledge community of everyone interested in ISA95, including suppliers, system integrators and end users. There's even a subsection with may free downloads about ISA95.
ISA-95 / https://isa-95.com
OPC and FDT webinar
FDT Group and OPC Foundation are hosting a joint webinar, "FDT & OPC UA empower a single approach to enterprise integration," on Sept. 14 that focuses on educating industrial automation end-users and manufacturers about efforts to empower one enterprise integration platform for secure and managed exchange of performance driven-analytics. It highlights the latest collaborative developments and the role the FDT for OPC UA information model companion specification plays in evolving digital architecture transformation for the new era of automation.
OPC Foundation / https://opcfoundation.org
MES at Sierra Nevada video
This five-minute case-study video, "Ignition becomes brewery's go-to for SCADA," details how Sierra Nevada Brewing Co. adopted Ignition software from Inductive Automation to build a robust MES that fits its unique processes in Chico, Calif.
Inductive Automation / https://inductiveautomation.com
Integrate automation, MES
Paul Brandenburg's online feature article in InTech, "Keys to integrating automation, MES, and business systems," shows readers how to improve their chances of a successful MES implementation by understanding the scope and linkages between automation and business systems; focusing on interface boundaries between systems; and establishing robust communications and accountability process across multiple project teams.
ISA / www.isa.org
Quality ops with MES video
This 41-minute video, "Wonderware MES: Quality Operations Management for the Plant Floor," is based on a webinar presented by Chris Jackson, senior consultant, Wonderware U.K. and Ireland. The video shows how Wonderware MES Software/Quality complements enterprise quality management systems with sampling execution capabilities on automated process equipment, or for interchangeability with integrated quality and manufacturing operations.
Wonderware / http://wonderware.co.uk