When it comes to processing data, the typical PC and software-powered solutions just aren’t good enough. PCs suffer from hard drive failure, power supply loss, viruses, and the need to update software and operating system often. The software is slow, and frequent changes and updates to the system cause issues.
You can cut out the bottleneck and implement a solution that’s faster, more reliable, easier to use, and less expensive. With a MES Interface from Mitsubishi, the PLC can be connected directly, building a seamless network that gathers and manages data from your automated systems, including energy information and information regarding production processes, equipment operations, and quality. It then stores that information in a database of your choosing, including options like Microsoft SQL, Access, Oracle, and DB2.
The MES Interface is compatible with UNIX, Linux, and Windows, and can handle a diverse slate of information systems, including messaging transports like WebSphere MQ, TCP/IP, and HTTP. That compatibility means that replacing old PC gateways with the MES Interface dramatically improves the configuration and performance of your information system without sacrificing functionality.
When your control and information systems are either interwoven too tightly or too loosely, it can create problems in the way that the two interact. The MES Interface is closely coupled to the control system for data collection, but it doesn’t influence programming or performance. Because of this, changes to the IT environment don’t affect the control system and therefore won’t affect production. You can also use the MES to help manage large-scale production lines – it automatically enumerates control devices and naming, as well as available database elements, so changes can be made faster and easier.
To learn more, visit the Mitsubishi e-F@ctory site or go straight to the MES Interface. And to find out how the MES can fit into your existing setup – or if there’s a better system for your unique situation – contact one of Allied Automation’s experts. We’re always glad to help.