Rockwell Automation has expanded the platform capabilities of its FactoryTalk Integrated Production and Performance Suite to support a new generation of industry-specific applications for the automotive, CPG, and pharmaceutical industries. The platform now includes configuration tools and capabilities to help manufacturers reduce deployment costs and time.
FactoryTalk leverages a service-oriented architecture (SOA) for cost-effective, flexible, plant-wide integration to legacy systems. Its object-oriented design makes it easier to build and modify applications, as well as roll them out across multiple sites in a consistent form – ultimately helping to establish best practices for manufacturing operations and regulatory requirements in discrete, hybrid and process industries.
The industry-specific applications include a new workflow engine that allows a business process management (BPM) approach to implementing operational improvements. For example, a contract manufacturer can manage workflow changes associated with cross-organizational customer order procedures.
In addition, the FactoryTalk industry applications incorporate a new user interface into the presentation layer to provide task-based, operator-workflow views. This makes it easier to direct and shape what the operator is performing on the shop floor for maximum efficiency and repeatability.
Rockwell Automation Inc.