Apriso Solutions: Meeting and Exceeding Global Industry, Regulatory and Government Standards
Apriso solutions are committed to ensuring interoperability across multiple operating environments and software applications. As part of achieving this objective, the Apriso product suite is compliant in working with non-proprietary technologies, as detailed below. The Dassault Systèmes product development team responsible for Apriso applications strives to comply with major software industry standards, and continues to maintain this functionality with each successive release of Apriso.
Manufacturing Execution System, or MES Standards
Apriso was designed as a global solution for manufacturing operations management. Designed and built with a platform-like architecture, Apriso supports a suite of applications that manage and execute manufacturing operations associated with Production, Quality, Warehouse, Maintenance and Time & Labor. Recognizing the need for industry standards and consistency when integrating shop floor operations to enterprise applications, the Apriso product design team paid close attention to the evolving ISA-95 standards to ensure alignment, which is the case today. Product development team representatives also work closely the International Society of Automation (ISA). And, predecessor Apriso applications were amongst the first to be ANSI/ISA 95 Netweaver certified by SAP.
The Apriso applications portfolio covers all 11 functional areas described as key elements of an MES application by MESA, including when the functional scope extends beyond manufacturing into other operational areas, such as Warehouse Management.
- Operations and detailed scheduling with Apriso Dispatching Board
- Dispatching production units with both Apriso Dispatching Board and Order Cockpit
- Resource allocation and status monitoring with Apriso Dispatching Board and Order Cockpit
- Product tracking and genealogy with Apriso Production module
- Labor management with Apriso Time & Labor module
- Maintenance management with Apriso Maintenance module
- Quality Management using Apriso Quality module
- Data Collection Acquisition with Apriso Machine Integrator
- Process authoring and management through Apriso Process Builder
- Performance monitoring with Apriso Performance Manager
- Document control with integration to PLM and document management systems
OPC (originally OLE for process control) is an industry standard created with the collaboration of a number of leading worldwide automation hardware and software suppliers, working in cooperation with Microsoft. The standard defines methods for exchanging real-time automation data between PC-based clients using Microsoft operating systems. The organization that manages this standard is the OPC Foundation.
Apriso applications are "Compliance Certified," according to the OPC Foundation. This mean that Apriso has passed a series of Independent certification tests including interoperability, compliance, performance, stress, white box, behavior, environment and usability testing. Products are only awarded the Compliance Certified status when all interfaces they support have passed the Independent Certification Test Lab testing. The OPC Foundation "Certified" logo is used under license agreement, demonstrating official certification.
OPC Compliance Certified status was achieved in late 2008 as the first (and only) manufacturing operations management vendor to achieve this highly coveted certification status. The objective to attain Compliance Certified status was pursued to ensure standardized connectivity to devices such as a PLC, DCS, RTU, or a data source, such as a database or User interface, which could then translate the data into a standard-based OPC format. With such a comprehensive integration capability, Apriso applications have been validated to be in a unique leadership position when connecting plant floor operations to enterprise applications.
Electronic Industries Alliance (EIA), initially RETMA Standard, to include RS 232c, RS 485 and RS 422 standards:
Machine automation and equipment integration:
- Apriso Machine Integrator is compliant with serial link standards as key machine and various device communication standards. It provides standard configuration, minimizing the need for custom driver development.
Product and Resource Identification Standards Body:
Flexible ID number generation:
- Apriso provides standard functions and configuration tools to automatically generate lot, serial, product and resource IDs, based on standard or company policy.
- Apriso supports over 37 bar code standards by connecting to bar code scanners and printers for code 39, code 128, PDF 417, 2/5I, EAN-UPC, as well as industry standards such as Odette-Galia.
- Apriso can be connected to RFID readers and writers using TCP/IP or serial links, configured with Apriso Machine Integrator. Apriso supports EPC Global Tag Data Standards version 1.3 and Tag Data Translation version 1.0, in addition to Universal Product Code (UPC).
Apriso utilizes the most current Web technologies, having embraced Microsoft .NET since its inception in 1999. Users can leverage the de facto standard Internet Explorer to access Apriso functionality or alter its configuration. Web technology support extends to each of the most common protocols, including: HTTP, XML, XSLT and SOAP. The Apriso application suite comprises a Services Oriented Architecture (SOA), so supports Web services integration capabilities embedded throughout its architecture. Every Apriso application includes an adaptive Business Process Management (BPM) foundation, which supports the publishing of business processes as Web services, as well as consuming Web services within business processes.
Apriso customers can easily report production and inventory status. Apriso applications are a key component of the information chain fueling financial reporting requirements for companies adhering to Sarbanes Oxley compliance. The FlexNet security framework and audit trail capabilities are key components that ensure information is secure, valid and not modified without a sufficient audit trail.
IT (Information Technology) Standards
Apriso was built on the Microsoft .NET platform because it has been, and continues to be, the most accepted in manufacturing, both in process control and manufacturing execution. Apriso runs on Windows Servers, the enterprise-class server standard delivering the Web experience through Microsoft Internet Information Server. End user interfaces support Windows XP Professional, Windows Vista, Windows 7 and Windows Mobile/CE on client devices via Microsoft Internet Explorer. (see www.microsoft.com)
Apriso was designed utilizing the Unified Modeling Language™, the way the world models not only application structure, behavior, and architecture, but also business process and data structure. UML notation is coded in C# using the Visual Studio .NET Integrated Development Environment. The Apriso data base is supported on the latest versions of both Microsoft SQL Server, and Oracle database.
The DELMIA Apriso team has maintained strong working relationships and integration with most of the major Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) vendors, including SAP, Oracle, Infor, Microsoft and others. The DELMIA Apriso Professional Services group has considerable experience integrating with off-the-shelf and custom “homegrown” systems, ensuring complete and seamless integration into your enterprise applications (Level 4 in the ISA 95 model).
Many Apriso customers have at least one instance of SAP ERP. As a result, considerable time, effort and resources have been invested to achieve and sustain successful integration with successive SAP technologies. Most recently, Apriso was certified for integration with SAP PI 7.0 via the SAP integration scenario NW-XI-CNT 7.1, representing the 16th consecutive year of maintaining SAP certifications. See here for more detail.
In addition, the development team behind the Apriso application portfolio has maintained strong integration relationships with other ERP systems providers, including those by Microsoft, Infor, Oracle, Sage and others. As part of this effort, the Apriso product suite is well experienced at integrating with all the various systems that these vendors have acquired over the years, adding up to literally hundreds of various applications that can be seamlessly integrated with, when connecting shop floor operations to enterprise resource planning applications.
Integration to ERP and other external applications are accomplished with the Apriso Business Integrator application, and through other integration brokers including SAP Netweaver XI, SAP MII, SAP Business Connector, Microsoft BizTalk Server, IBM Websphere and WebMethods.
Industry, Government and Other Standards Requirements
Considerable investment in time and resources ensure Apriso applications maintain industry, government and other standards requirements. In addition, security access, audit trail, process traceability and genealogy management capabilities are maintained to the highest levels in the industry. Below is a sampling of some of the more common regulatory requirements that Apriso applications either include or are in compliance with:
- Pharmaceutical / Life Sciences industry standards - FDA 21 CFR Part 11, and Parts 210, 211, 600, and ISO 13485
- Automotive industry standards - AIAG / ISO TS2 ISO/TS 16949:2002 and TREAD Act
- Aerospace, Defense and Military industry standards - AS-9100, Mil-Std 883 & Mil-PRF-38534
- Within the EU market, adhering to RoHS and WEEE standards
- Within the US market, adhering to the Bioterrorism Act / Alert
- ISO-14002, ISO-2859, ISO-9001-2000 and other Vertical Industry standards