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Getting the data out

Angelo Hulshout is an experienced independent software craftsman and a member of the Brainport High Tech Software Cluster.

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Angelo Hulshout has taken up the challenge to bring the benefits of production agility to the market and set up a new business around that. The first challenge: getting the data out of the factory.

Last time, I wrote about my plans to set up a business around using data from factories to improve production and logistics processes. I also described the system needed to realize the idea.

At the bottom of this system, we find the actual production equipment. These are the machines and devices that form the actual physical production line. They’re controlled by PLCs, soft PLCs or industrial controllers. The manufacturing execution system (MES) determines when and how the production line should run. Here, the entire factory process, from material intake up to release of the final product, is controlled on a factory level. On top of the MES, enterprise resource planning (ERP) systems are used to plan production and logistic needs. Depending on the size of the manufacturing company and the industry branch, this is either done per factory or across factories.

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