|e-Automation: Endless Possibilities|
|By: Cindy Hollenbeck, Vice President, SoftPLC Corporation|
This paper describes how Enterprise Control Systems, which allow data sharing between all levels of the organization, and even to customers or suppliers outside the organization can benefit from "e-Automation".
ABSTRACT: The successful manufacturing companies of the future will be those who implement Enterprise Control systems which encompass all levels in the organization - from the factory floor processes to the systems which service suppliers and customers. Control systems at each level are changing to meet users needs and to embody the tremendous base of technology being provided by the computer and software vendors. One technology that is a true enabler for Enterprise Control is the JavaTM language, developed by Sun Microsystems, Inc., particularly in the need for data sharing between the different levels in the organization as they implement Enterprise Control systems.
This paper describes why a Java enabled factory automation controller can be the main component of a successful Enterprise Control system, by serving the needs not only of a single factory, but the entire organization, its e-commerce functions, and more. This web enabled controller can be accessed remotely to provide realtime information throughout the world, for reduced maintenance costs, or in situations where the controller is installed in hazardous/remote areas.
|Table of Contents|
| INTRODUCTION (Page
LEVEL ONE CONTROLLERS (Page 3)
LEVEL TWO CONTROLLERS (Page 3)
LEVEL THREE CONTROLLERS (Page 4)
TRADITIONAL CONTROLS HIERARCHY IS OBSOLETE (Page 4)
BRIDGING BARRIERS TO INFORMATION FLOW BETWEEN LEVELS (Page 5)
PC-BASED CONTROL AT LEVEL ONE (Page 6)
JAVATM AS AN e-AUTOMATION ENABLER (Page 8)
CLIENT-SIDE JAVA VERSUS DETERMINISTIC JAVA (Page 11)
JAVA TECHNOLOGIES SUPPORTED BY SoftPLC (Page 11)
EXAMPLE SoftPLC e-AUTOMATION INSTALLATIONS (Page 13)
SUCCESSFUL ENTERPRISE LEVEL CONTROL SYSTEMS (Page 15)
SUMMARY (Page 16)
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