What Is Smart Manufacturing?
ShopVue enables precise real-time data collection on the shop floor. Our MES modules provide visibility into what’s going well — and what isn’t.
But today, that’s not enough.
In order to realize the benefits of Industry 4.0, manufacturers must adopt unprecedented levels of integration. APIs, which can define and translate interactions among systems, are key components of this modern technology framework. ShopVue’s Alternate Device Interface (ADI) and Big Data Interface (BDI) leverage APIs to deliver a seamless communication infrastructure and link critical touchpoints.
Why Do I Need Smart Factory APIs?
ShopVue MES acts as your neural network, and our Smart Factory APIs ensure real-time connectivity across systems. Where appropriate, this innovation can reduce the need for human confirmation, significantly furthering process automation. At a minimum, it eliminates redundancy and the persistent challenge of siloed data.
Whether your goals are autonomous actions with “lights-out” manufacturing or just getting the most out of your data, APIs are essential building blocks of a smart factory and the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT).
On any manufacturer’s shop floor, there are myriad machines, systems, and processes at work. Imagine:
- ShopVue calling an automated guided vehicle (AGV) to deliver material just in time (JIT)
- A machine-initiated downtime creating a work order in your asset management system
- Verifying that tools are calibrated before they are used in a critical operation
- Integrating with your proprietary systems or machines
…all without the need for human input!
ShopVue’s ADI and BDI mechanisms function through our secure web services and don’t require a direct SQL connection.
How Do We Measure The Value of Smart Factory APIs?
ShopVue’s Smart Factory APIs represent the culmination of a manufacturer’s digital transformation. Connecting and synchronizing the dozens or even hundreds of shop floor systems yields the power to access real-time data — and convert it into meaningful insights that ensure operational excellence. You can expect to observe substantial improvement across KPIs with the integration of ShopVue’s Smart Factory.