FlexNet Business Integrator Leverages Web Services and a Service Oriented Architecture (SOA) to Connect Enterprise Systems such as ERP and PLM with Manufacturing Operations
FlexNet Business Integrator enables synchronized manufacturing operations by providing built-in links for seamless integration between FlexNet applications and third-party, external business systems. Leverage FlexNet's Service Oriented Architecture to easily integrate your shop floor with Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP), Product Lifecycle Management (PLM), Quality Management Systems (QMS) and other enterprise systems by SAP, Oracle and others. This allows activities to be defined in these business systems and then be executed on the plant floor, whether those activities are for production, warehouse, quality, equipment maintenance, or any other component of manufacturing operations.
For example, the master data required to manage manufacturing can be "owned" by ERP, PLM, or another business system. FlexNet Business Integrator allows seamless coordination between these applications to avoid duplication of effort to maintain this data and to remove ambiguity about its ownership.
Information provided by the planning system typically includes:
FlexNet "explodes" this information into specific operator steps that are then delivered to the appropriate workstations and other departments as needed (such as Warehouse for parts and Shipping for pickup). The operators confirm completion of each step, at which point the data is rolled back into the planning system to close the loop, in near real-time or daily batch mode, depending on the user's requirements.
By tightly coordinating enterprise and production systems, FlexNet Business Integrator enhances both real-time operations and process lifecycle management to synchronize manufacturing operations across your global enterprise for sustained manufacturing excellence.