In the journey toward operational excellence throughout their supply chain, organizations have invested heavily in Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) systems. Unfortunately, these systems rarely address the integration of manufacturing data and, more often than not, do not have the inherent characteristics to provide a good Manufacturing Execution System (MES) or Manufacturing Operations Management System (MOM). Organizations that have adopted an integrated supply chain that includes manufacturing have spent a significant amount to enable communication between their ERP and MES/MOM systems. These systems speak different languages, and seamless communication requires extensive translations, resulting in added time and costs.

The good news is that the communication gap is narrowing with the introduction of ISA-95, the international standard for the integration of enterprise and control systems. As part of the standard there is a set of standard data exchange schemas defined. B2MML (Business to Manufacturing Markup Language) is a set of XML schemas that implement the data models in the ISA-95 standard. Best is class organizations take advantage of these accepted standards so they can more easily integrate their disparate systems and gain better visibility and coordination between the enterprise and manufacturing systems.

Grantek provides the expertise that challenges today’s manufacturers need to overcome and the benefits of enabling real-time bi-directional integration between ERP and MES/MOM systems.  Tight connectivity is even more crucial in today’s fast paced, global market environment.  Reduced cycle time between supply and demand and the ability to change and adapt are keys to success. Companies that have successfully integrated the top floor with the shop floor are realizing faster cycle times, higher throughput, more flexibility, decreased MTTR (mean time to resolution), better quality and improved decision making for a significant competitive advantage.

Grantek follows current good manufacturing practices (cGMP), is ISA-95 and ISA-88 compliant and is proactive, using a requirements-driven approach to help ensure that your system has the capabilities needed. Grantek’s engineers are educated in cyber-security risk evaluations and best practices as expressed within ISA-99 and DRAFT ISA-62443. By performing a complete evaluation of our clients’ needs and current capabilities Grantek  helps to realize their return on investment and achieves or exceeds the desired project results.

Grantek’s roll-out process ensures that your system continues to operate as required and the individual components work with each other before moving on to the next phase.

Because Grantek has worked with a wide variety of businesses in many verticals (Pharmaceutical, Food & Bev, CPG etc), we offer a wide variety of experience which helps us produce the results that you need, with minimal disruption and cost. Grantek can integrate your existing business systems or integrate new equipment or production lines in both green and brown-field environments.

Grantek has the expertise to link production control systems to your enterprise resource planning (ERP) software. Sensors on the production floor provide useful information that is not always used to maximum advantage in many companies. While the manufacturing staff and production managers may be able to use this information, front office staff may not have access to it. Grantek develops the middleware required to allow this data to pass from the factory’s PLCs and SCADA systems to the corporate level including the ERP system. We use Business-to-Manufacturing Markup Language (B2MML) to help ensure that data can be shared among corporate systems. Implementing the concepts behind ISA-95 allows Grantek to help our clients reduce integration and operation costs.