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Rockwell Automation’s business intelligence software

Now available from Rockwell Automation, the FactoryTalk VantagePoint EMI business intelligence software for manufacturing helps empower users at every level of an enterprise.

The provision of information from Web-based dashboards and reports on key performance indicators from multiple manufacturing and business data sources allow manufacturers to better monitor and manage productivity in real time.

The software also allows them to make more insightful decisions about business priorities—such as product quality, equipment utilisation and global supply-chain management.

The FactoryTalk VantagePoint EMI software connects to multiple data sources—real-time, historical, relational and transactional—to create a single resource that can access, aggregate and correlate information via a Web browser.

The application is based on a unified production model (UPM) that provides a unified view of seemingly disparate manufacturing data and gives a context for relationships among equipment, product, materials and people. The UPM organises various manufacturing and enterprise data using commonly referenced business terms, like ‘equipment’, ‘batches’ or ‘manufacturing lots’.

Access to this information improves decision-making for the manufacturing environment—from inventory to maintenance, quality to production, all the way through the enterprise, including the supply chain.

The new business intelligence software allows users to report data through a variety of tools, including Microsoft Excel, Trend and SAP Business Objects Dashboard Builder, and view it through the FactoryTalk VantagePoint software, Microsoft SharePoint and other portals.

FactoryTalk VantagePoint EMI is the second application from Rockwell Automation to leverage technology acquired from Incuity Software, and extends the functionality of the first edition, FactoryTalk VantagePoint.

Both editions combine data produced by the Rockwell Automation Integrated Architecture system and other third-party production systems to provide a single access point for information that can help make better manufacturing decisions. With two versions now available, manufacturers can select the most appropriate feature set for their needs.

The new application can be used to address single or multiple manufacturing problems, on one manufacturing line or across a global enterprise.

In addition, the FactoryTalk VantagePoint EMI software can be used to address specific manufacturing needs, like downtime reporting, status tracking or multiple control-system reporting. The software also can be bundled with services to provide a complete solution to satisfy unique vertical market needs.

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