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Expanding Scalable MES Applications Capabilities
To provide greater context for enterprise analytics and tighten control over processes, new versions of both Rockwell Software PharmaSuite® manufacturing execution system (MES) software and MES fit-for-purpose application have been developed.
The updates can help users manage and document workflows to improve quality and reduce rework and waste. The updates are part of continued support of scalable MES capabilities deployed to solve challenges for rapid time to value.
The expansion of computing power is complicating the technology ecosystem for industrial producers, and the latest MES updates can help simplify the adoption of new features and the communication between systems. The updates are PharmaSuite v8.4 software and FactoryTalk® Quality v4.0 application.
The latest PharmaSuite v8.4 software improves communication with any distributed control system (DCS) solution and provides operators more flexibility in following a workflow. When the steps defined in a workflow are not physically available in the facility, operators can rerun, skip or change the process parameter. All changes are recorded by the MES for quality assurance review. This avoids wasting time if operators get stuck trying to make exceptions.
By building off user-friendly, intuitive widgets that reduce quality-management effort, the updated FactoryTalk® Quality v4.0 application introduces statistical process control (SPC) capabilities out of the box. Quality management teams can gain a suite of control charts and graphs that help predict when a process is going outside of acceptable parameters. It also allows quality teams to configure, view and acknowledge notifications when and where they are needed.
Free Download: New Network Design Guidance
Rockwell Automation and Cisco, a strategic alliance member of the PartnerNetwork™ program, have released new network design guides and white papers to help companies connect mobile devices and deploy end-to-end cloud connectivity while maintaining security best practices. The guides are the latest addition to the Converged Plantwide Ethernet (CPwE) program and giving companies best practices for wired and wireless network architectures when deploying cloud and mobile Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) solutions.
Secure Mobile Connections
The Identity and Mobility Services guide helps companies connect mobile devices in a way that manages security risks. It also helps users establish unified and autonomous WLAN architectures and manage self-service wireless access.
Connect to the Cloud
The Cloud Connectivity guide provides guidance for using the FactoryTalk® Cloud gateway to establish a more secure connection from the plant floor to cloud-based applications, such as FactoryTalk Analytics for Machines. The design guide addresses the varying levels of security measures that should be considered for small to large companies.
Fortify Industrial Security
The industrial firewalls guide provides several use cases for industrial firewalls and addresses application requirements, technologies and design considerations. For example, machine builders can learn how to use firewalls to help prevent plantwide traffic from interrupting the performance of their machines.
Additionally, the previously released Industrial Demilitarized Zone (IDMZ) guide has been updated with new applications for using the FactoryTalk® VantagePoint and FactoryTalk ViewPoint software. These new free resources are available for download on the Rockwell Automation website.