CAO – the most comprehensive MES system for the cutting area ever [Sep 2011]
September 26, 2011 10:15 am
DiIT’s Cutting Area Optimisation, CAO, has become the most comprehensive MES system for the cutting area worldwide. In use by major corporations of the wire processing industry, the extension of the CAO system is driven largely by its users, leading to an ever-increasing penetration and standardisation of the overall process in the cutting area.
Integrated manufacturing for the cutting areaIn keeping with the principles of integrated manufacturing, one of the reasons for this welcome development is the system’s ability to reconcile the separate worlds of management and production in its twofold function as mediator and control instrument. As a mediator, it provides for seamless information flow in both directions and with its optimised production control and bi-directional connection of machines and test systems to the system, it opens up new potentials for standardisation, quality assurance and process safety, transparency and efficiency.
As the central database for production, with its own data management for production and process related parameters, complementary to master data transferred from SAP/ERP, the CAO system prepares the ground both for the standardisation of process parameters, as for the process itself. The direct connection of machines in the system allows for the automatic transfer of job data and process parameters directly into the machine controllers, and furthermore for a far-reaching process control, in which setup tools and materials are identified with their batch and inventory numbers, and process and quality data are electronically recorded and instantly evaluated. This way, wrong assembly can be widely avoided, quality assurance measures can be integrated into the process itself, and the collection of data for process analysis by the management on one side, and for traceability and process documentation on the other side, is done automatically and consistently at the source.
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