1 SIMATIC IT Production Suite V6.6 Functional Overview April 2013
2 Functional Overview SIMATIC IT Production Suite V6.6 April Contents Introduction... 6 MES and Production Modelling... 6 Standards and Compliance... 6 ISA-95 Compliance CFR Part 11 Compliance... 7 Why focus on MES and Production Modeling?... 8 Business issues... 8 Production issues... 8 IT issues... 9 How you can succeed The SIMATIC IT model Business Benefits Production Benefits IT Benefits Total Integration SIMATIC IT Production Suite Overview SIMATIC IT Production Modeler Overview Plant Model Execution Model SIMATIC IT Components SIMATIC IT At Line Testing (ALT) SIMATIC IT Defect Manager (DM) SIMATIC IT Production Suite Long Term Archiving (PRS LTA)... 14
3 Functional Overview SIMATIC IT Production Suite V6.6 April SIMATIC IT Product Definition Manager (PDefM) SIMATIC IT Production Order Manager (POM) SIMATIC IT Material Manager (MM) SIMATIC IT Personnel Manager (PrM) SIMATIC IT Shift Calendar (SHC) SIMATIC IT Messaging Manager (MsM) SIMATIC IT Data Integration Service (DIS) SIMATIC IT Plant Performance Analyzer (PPA) SIMATIC IT Client Application Builder (CAB) SIMATIC IT Portal SIMATIC IT CAB Configurability Framework Major features in SIMATIC IT Multi-language support SIMATIC IT ALT Re-engineering of the configuration environment in ALT Import EWI Definition from an External System Visual immediacy in detecting out-of-specification values SIMATIC IT PRS LTA Cross-Component Archiving Audit Trail Generation After a PRS LTA Import Compliance Service Data Archiving Import\Export APIs SIMATIC IT PDefM Standalone Product Segment versioning Import/Export via BREAD Methods Material Alias supported by Material Definitions SIMATIC IT POM... 19
4 Functional Overview SIMATIC IT Production Suite V6.6 April SIMATIC IT MM Customized data retrieval in B2MML format Improved Auxiliary Tool Management Streamlined Fast Data Import Enhancements regarding Lot-related operations SIMATIC IT Shift Calendar Fiscal Year Management SIMATIC IT DIS SAP Netweaver connectors supported SIMATIC IT PPA Associating Properties with Tags SIMATIC IT CAB Configurability Framework Configurations Analyzer tool Better overall performance SIMATIC IT Compliance Service (CS) and SIMATIC IT Logbook Service Touch panels and virtual keyboards supported Set Context functionality Shared plant no longer prerequisite Possibility of configuring multiple composite indexes SIMATIC IT System Monitor PRS LTA information available via System Monitor SIMATIC IT Custom Objects (CO) CO Import/Export Multiple Composite Indexes Supported Foundation Services Remote Desktop Services Supported... 22
5 Functional Overview SIMATIC IT Production Suite V6.6 April Enhancements for SITPrep Tool DCOM Settings via Management Console and SITPrep Support for Windows Integrated Authentication in SIMATIC IT Portal Smart Authentication possible... 22
6 Functional Overview SIMATIC IT Production Suite V6.6 April Introduction MES and Production Modelling In the early Nineties, industries acknowledged the need for a layer to integrate and link Business Systems with Control Systems. The term Manufacturing Execution Systems (MES) has been used from the start to specify all those functions and products that satisfy this need. Initially, MES indicated a gray area that was a hodgepodge of almost every application or product that could not be clearly assigned to either the Business System or the Control System layer. Most of these products were spinoffs of applications developed by a System Integrator for a particular Customer and were generally focused on a very specific area (i.e. scheduling, laboratory, quality, tracking ). After some time, international organizations addressed the need for a clearer definition of MES: MESA (Manufacturing Enterprise Solutions Association) and, as a consequence, ISA (Instrumentation System and Automation Society) later developed models that describe these levels and seek to standardize them. Under the pressure of new business-driving forces that have been emerging in recent decades, Manufacturing Plants continue to play a major role. The globalization of both companies and production processes makes it necessary to create new models. Manufacturing is not a process that can be completed by a single self-enclosed entity, but extends beyond the bounds of the Plant, the Country and the Enterprise. Therefore, MES cannot act simply as an interface between Business and Process layers, but requires a substantial number of functions that are crucial to a Company s success. Rather than remaining distinct from one another, connected solely by a data exchange layer, these functions need to be coordinated, in adherence to the Business and Production strategy. ISA-95 documents point this out very clearly, describing the MES process in terms of both data and interaction between functions (e.g. Order Dispatching, Resource Management). The result is a new approach to MES, based on an architecture that allows describing Business Processes that orchestrate functionalities provided by a set of specialized and affordable Components. At the same time, this orchestration must also involve the Automation and Control level, thereby making both MES and Control part of the same Collaborative Production Management system. Standards and Compliance ISA-95 Compliance ISA-95 is acknowledged as the most authoritative standard for MES applications. Not only Market Analysts such as AMR ( and ARC ( confirm this, but also several major vendors adopt this standard. In addition to Siemens, we can find, for example, SAP and Microsoft. Siemens works in close conjunction with ISA and was the very first MES vendor to offer a comprehensive product implementing the ISA-95 standard. This translates into standardized terminology, concepts and models for integrating manufacturing operations functions with enterprise functions. Such standardization is achieved with ISA-95, which defines the functional view of an enterprise, allowing a simple generic model of work activities to be applied to the main areas of manufacturing. As a member of the ISA-95 Committee, Siemens actively contributes to the further development of this standard.
7 Functional Overview SIMATIC IT Production Suite V6.6 April Complying with ISA-95 makes it possible to reap some important benefits: in particular, for what concerns defining the hierarchical model of the MES solution, which simplifies developing solutions that are both standard yet flexible, while still satisfying customer requirements in full. 21 CFR Part 11 Compliance In order to address regulated industries (such as Pharma), SIMATIC IT provides a built-in service (the installation of which is optional) depending on the requirements. This service (SIMATIC IT Compliance Service) provides support for the 21 CFR Part 11 requirements for Audit Trail and Electronic Signature. Several installations in regulated industries successfully proved SIMATIC IT support in certifying a solution.
8 Functional Overview SIMATIC IT Production Suite V6.6 April Why focus on MES and Production Modeling? On a daily basis, a variety of figures in charge of different activities face problems that involve manufacturing systems. Implementing MES and deploying the right production model can provide a solution to many of these issues. In broad outline, the problems encountered concern: Business Production IT. Business issues Do you want to increase the overall efficiency of your supply chain? Supply-chain efficiency is strongly affected by how the Business level (ERP) and the Shop Floor (Control) interact. MES represents the go-between, which, when streamlined and efficient, contributes to a better Supply Chain. Is your system able to react quickly to new conditions and new market requirements? In today s world of manufacturing, the ability to adapt to new operational requirements (i.e. changes in product specifications, quality procedures ) and environmental conditions (i.e. introduction of new standards ) is paramount to success. If your system is ready to meet these challenges, the reward may be a significant increase in your competitiveness, as well as impressive savings in terms of costs. Is your production process standardized across all plants? Guaranteeing uniform, consistent production procedures is a key issue in today's business. If this is lacking, then the result may be uneven quality of your product from one facility to another. Control System and Business System cannot solve the problem, as a structured and modeled environment is required in order to seamlessly coordinate the production process, also in different contexts (e.g. different hardware and software installation bases). Are you ready for new regulations? Some established standards and regulations, such as FDA, already exist to guarantee high-quality products. However, new regulations, as well as the need for exhaustive material traceability, are affecting manufacturing procedures substantially. MES can help you achieve compliancy with these regulations and maintain full accountability of materials. Would you like your business to be more customer-oriented? Standard monolithic applications often represent a barrier to implementing an efficient system that can adapt and satisfy ever-changing requirements from both the customer and the market. In view of the growing demands posed by Customers, MES can make your system much more flexible and adaptable. Production issues Do you handle reworks and scraps properly? Do you track how your materials are used with precision? Typically, reworks and scraps cannot be handled by control systems. Without appropriate management, excessive waste or uncontrolled material tracking can also affect the quality of your final product. In addition, overall material tracking throughout the production process is now a crucial factor for both accounting and the correct evaluation of production costs. S Do you need to increase visibility of your production process? Is your system able to provide Production-related KPIs and advanced reporting? To fully comprehend how your plant is performing, you need a system that can generate production reporting correlating process-control specific data with production-related data (i.e. order number, lots, personnel, materials ) to facilitate troubleshooting and analyzing performance problems. MES can heighten visibility in the production process, creating the right conditions to promote improvement and increase your manufacturing system s efficiency. Do you need to raise your level of quality? Are you able to pinpoint contaminated lots or out-ofspec finished-goods lots? Are you able to backtrack your production with accuracy? If not, you might be unable to address specific issues regarding the quality of your product. You may also be unable to respond to customer complaints appropriately or organize product recalls promptly. An efficient MES system can provide complete genealogy, being able to track materials throughout the entire production process. It also follows all material transformations with precision until the final product is produced and delivered to the final customer.
9 Functional Overview SIMATIC IT Production Suite V6.6 April Does your system react efficiently to production problems? Do you re-schedule your plant activities properly? What if something goes wrong on the shop floor? Efficient management of failures and downtimes is a must. Often, several systems need to be involved in order to solve the problem (maintenance must be informed, rescheduling is necessary, certain people must be notified as soon as possible ). Poor coordination leads to using resources in an ineffective manner, ultimately raising your production costs. Is your ERP System working with the Manufacturing Operations System efficiently? To optimize Supply Chain efficiency, the Business Logistic System must be informed in real-time as to what is happening on the Shop Floor, especially in terms of Production Performance. This is especially useful in terms of planning, as well as both material and warehouse management. Is your manufacturing system totally integrated? Total integration between Process Control, MES and ERP is essential in today's business. The manufacturing system consists in the joint efforts of a variety of functions. Good integration can make a difference for attaining top-level efficiency: on the contrary, poor integration can hinder your efforts to improve plant performance. IT issues Is your System properly integrated and synchronized? Are there so many links between applications that communication is difficult? Are your IT maintenance costs too high? A myriad of links between your Software Packages greatly increases the complexity of the manufacturing system. In turn, costs for IT maintenance and program modification become staggering. This is mainly due to the lack of coordination and flexibility of the majority of manufacturing applications. The modeling approach can effectively simplify integration and actively coordinate the interaction and the flow of information between different applications on site. Is implementation too expensive? Do you frequently assess projects as falling in the "highrisk" category? Being able to employ reusable solutions creates the conditions for streamlining and speeding up project implementations. Total ownership costs can be cut dramatically, thanks to efficient software reusability. Does sharing your know-how represent an obstacle? Would you like to re-use your expertise and your software effortlessly? Efficient reusability of software is key to effective cost saving. Being able to "code" the expertise permits the rapid transfer of know-how between users, which is usually not feasible with standard applications. Without a modeling environment to help you define business procedures, focusing on the production process rather than specific IT issues, the understanding of complex manufacturing applications is rather difficult, making it virtually impossible to modify or reutilize code. Do you need a more streamlined environment for monitoring and troubleshooting? Typically, a production system is a complex integration of software applications and physical devices. Pinpointing problems and debugging are serious issues that require a great deal of effort and ultimately cost money. If you are able to model and run programs and business procedures from a single environment involving several systems, then extended monitoring and troubleshooting become more than just a possibility. Is it difficult for you to maintain your team s technological skills at top level? Are the costs to train your staff in line with state-of-the-art technology excessive? Applications are very often numerous and customized to satisfy specific needs. As a result, frequently, the person with the most know-how is used to develop and maintain these applications. Such competence is very difficult to maintain, as well as very expensive. By adopting SIMATIC IT, which covers all functionalities in an integrated and homogenous environment, complex manufacturing systems can be implemented with ease, making the tasks involved viable even for those users who possess normal skills.
10 Functional Overview SIMATIC IT Production Suite V6.6 April How you can succeed The SIMATIC IT model Today, increasing competitiveness is mandatory for manufacturing companies. MES is crucial to guaranteeing overall component integration, ensuring maximum quality and production efficiency across all global facilities. Siemens was one of the first to understand the challenges facing manufacturing industries, offering SIMATIC IT as a solution. SIMATIC IT is a collection of highly-integrated components, designed to integrate the systems within each factory, standardize production across the entire enterprise and keep manufacturing processes aligned with supply-chain activity. SIMATIC IT provides a high-level environment that enables the definition of the manufacturing processes and operating procedures, synchronizing and coordinating the functions provided by its single components. These functions will carry out what is required to manage production, such as order management, material management, KPI calculation and so on. SIMATIC IT Production Suite has been developed to provide cross-industry functions. Through layered libraries, objects defined in SIMATIC IT Production Suite can be more and more specialized in order to address specific industry segments. A dedicated team at Siemens provides pre-built objects and examples ready for use in actual projects. They can be used either as is, or slightly modified to fit the context where they will be employed. These pre-built objects are part of SIMATIC IT Cross Industry Libraries. Business Benefits SIMATIC IT Production Suite fills the gap between Business Logistic Systems (typically, ERPs) and Control Systems, providing the conditions for increasing overall supply-chain efficiency. The unique approach of SIMATIC IT allows manufacturing systems to have a native flexibility that gives users the possibility to easily adapt and modify the business process to new requirements and business drivers. SIMATIC IT Production Suite allows manufacturers to model their own business to be much more customer-oriented and ready to satisfy any on-the-fly requirements from the market. SIMATIC IT Production Suite has also been designed to facilitate application roll-out to several plants, thus being extremely cost-effective in multi-site contexts. SIMATIC IT Production Suite effectively helps users to comply with existing regulations. Production Benefits SIMATIC IT Production Suite offers a set of modules able to cover the MES core requirements in any manufacturing context. By modeling and defining production procedures, SIMATIC IT Production Suite effectively increases visibility on the entire production process. Tracking and tracing of materials can be configured in order to match the actual process with precision. Having a clear view of material usage makes it possible to reduce stock, analyze production costs in greater detail and manage scraps and reworks in an efficient manner. SIMATIC IT Production Suite can rebuild the complete material genealogy (both backward and forward). SIMATIC IT coordinates and integrates a variety of systems, each with its own scope, thereby providing true added value to the production system as a whole. IT Benefits The basic approach of SIMATIC IT makes it possible to model business rules in a graphical way so as to represent the interactions and the expected flow of information among different software components (including those that are not part of SIMATIC IT Production Suite). SIMATIC IT Libraries, classes and inheritance mechanisms create the conditions for an effortless rollout and reutilization of SIMATIC IT Production Suite applications.
11 Functional Overview SIMATIC IT Production Suite V6.6 April SIMATIC IT Production Suite permits users to focus on process issues, rather than IT issues. In SIMATIC IT Production Suite, technological aspects are transparent to the user, who, as a result, requires fewer skills than what is normally required to develop standard MES implementations. Costs for maintenance and application modification are pared to the bone. Siemens partners can create their own SIMATIC IT Libraries, coding their own expertise and making it easily reusable, thus dramatically reducing the average development time for MES projects. Total Integration Siemens is committed to providing complete solutions to their customers, from field devices to MES. This is part of the TIA concept (Total Integrated Automation). What Siemens offers can satisfy a full range of requirements for automation in the manufacturing market. Its native integration provides considerable advantages. Such an ample range of totally integrated products leads to faster implementation and effective engineering, creating the conditions to attain greater productivity in the company s workflow. In the Siemens TIA strategy, SIMATIC IT is the MES player. While maintaining its capability of integrating third-party software and components, SIMATIC IT has an active role in the TIA concept. In this way, SIMATIC IT benefits from the integration with the rest of Siemens s products, supplying a vast range of pre-configured objects ready to be instantiated and used without requiring any additional engineering effort. As a result, both rapid project implementation and native integration throughout the manufacturing system are ensured.
12 Functional Overview SIMATIC IT Production Suite V6.6 April SIMATIC IT Production Suite Overview Siemens is one of the first manufacturers to focus on MES. SIMATIC IT is a collection of highlyintegrated components, designed to coordinate the systems within each factory, standardize production across the entire enterprise and keep manufacturing processes aligned with supply-chain activity. SIMATIC IT provides a high-level environment that permits modeling all manufacturing business processes, by synchronizing and coordinating the functions provided by the single components. These functions will properly execute the actions required for managing the production, such as order management, material management, KPI calculation and so forth The core of this system is called SIMATIC IT Production Suite. It is a collection of components for designing, implementing and maintaining Manufacturing Execution Systems. SIMATIC IT Production Suite is made up of SIMATIC IT Production Modeler and SIMATIC IT Components: SIMATIC IT Production Modeler is a modeling environment in which the functions, belonging to different SIMATIC IT Components, are combined graphically in order to explicitly define the execution logic (explicit-rules approach). In SIMATIC IT Production Modeler, the plant model is created in terms of physical objects (tangible devices and equipment) and logical objects (software packages and applications). SIMATIC IT Components provide basic and guaranteed functionality. Each component addresses specific manufacturing issues (e.g. Order Management, Material Management, Personnel Management, ) SIMATIC IT Production Suite also permits integrating Third-Party components and legacy applications. Typically, existing applications residing on site are integrated inside Production Suite so that they are coordinated and invoked according to the logic defined in SIMATIC IT Production Modeler. In this manner, these external applications can be orchestrated by SIMATIC IT as if they were SIMATIC IT Components. SIMATIC IT PM can coordinate the entire process and all involved applications. The end result is dynamic cross-system integration, thereby increasing overall efficiency. SIMATIC IT Production Modeler Overview The core component is SIMATIC IT Production Modeler. An object-oriented graphical tool, it enables the user to follow the entire lifecycle of a MES project, from its design to its commissioning phase, whereas Components provide all basic functionalities to run manufacturing processes and, ultimately, fulfill their specific requirements. SIMATIC IT Production Modeler offers a modeling environment in which the various functions provided by SIMATIC IT Components are graphically combined to define the execution logics representing the operating procedures. These logics are called Production Operations and are presented as rules (workflows), in which each step represents the execution of a function provided by a component. To achieve this, SIMATIC IT Production Modeler also offers the modeling environment to build the Plant Model, essential for defining the plant s various behaviors. Plant Model The plant model describes all those elements that concur to achieving manufacturing targets. In detail, these elements can be either physical or logical. Physical Elements are those actually used in the manufacturing cycle, and represent the Shop Floor; they may be simple elements (such as a reactor, a
13 Functional Overview SIMATIC IT Production Suite V6.6 April mixer, a packaging line), or present greater complexity (such as an assembly line, a continuous casting machine, etc.). Logical Elements are all those software components that contribute to fulfilling the manufacturing cycle, with the goal of managing the necessary information to track and manage the entire production. Here are some examples of Logical Elements: a LIMS, a material manager, a mathematical model, a graphic interface, an order manager, etc. Execution Model Once the plant model is properly defined, it is necessary to describe the plant behavior, in the sense that the functionality of the model s elements (Physical and Logical) must be synchronized and coordinated in order to support the operating procedures representing the plant s daily operations. SIMATIC IT offers standard functionalities through SIMATIC IT Components. Material Management (genealogy, tracking & tracing, etc.), Order Management (order sequencing, dispatching, etc.) and Data Analysis (KPI modeling and calculation, etc.) are some examples of these components. Together, these functionalities make it possible to define Business Rules. Production Operations explicitly represent the workflows that drive the components functions; as a result, they are the actual application. A Production Operation is graphically modeled. It sequences the actions by invoking the appropriate functions that are executed by the components and each function is invoked in each step of the Business Rule. SIMATIC IT Components Components are designed to provide the functionality to update the status of the plant s elements, maintain historical records, transform materials, modify orders and so forth. Therefore, each component is specialized in performing particular actions. For example, SIMATIC IT Material Manager (the component for handling materials) provides functionality related to material management, such as Material Master Data definition (and/or import from an ERP System), including the Bills of Material. This component will also handle material transformations throughout the manufacturing operations, as in a food plant, where ingredients are mixed to obtain final products. It thus enables the possibility of building the entire genealogy of products. A similar approach is adopted for other functionalities, such as Order Management, Personnel Management, Product Definition Management, and KPI calculations. Modeling a Business Rule as a Production Operation (the workflow to handle a specific manufacturing operation) means sequencing the functionalities exposed by different components so that a certain manufacturing target is achieved. SIMATIC IT Components are engineered and fully harmonized inside the overall architecture and provide detailed functions for handling Manufacturing processes. The orchestration of the functions exposed by the Components, guaranteed by SIMATIC IT Production Modeler, represents the solution provided by SIMATIC IT for MES applications. SIMATIC IT At Line Testing (ALT) According to the international ISA-95 standard, production processes and output must be subjected to quality tests. In addition to ensuring that the correct resources (equipment, materials and personnel) are used, quality tests check that products conform to quality standards and can be released (within specified conditions). Of the various types of quality tests that can be conducted, At-Line tests are crucial to streamlining the testing process and provide line operators with test results almost instantaneously. In At-Line tests, items or samples are taken out of the production stream and an operator at the production line performs the inspection and fills in forms with results of the analysis. As At-line tests require only seconds or minutes to be conducted, the production process is not interrupted. SIMATIC IT At-Line Testing is designed to cover these functionalities, which are a top priority for most customers. Thanks to this component, by configuring Work Instructions (i.e. a number of tests/actions an operator must perform on a sample within a certain time frame) represented by Forms that are then displayed at runtime, production operators are aided in executing quality tests effortlessly at the right time. The quality tests are designed to inspect/analyze certain properties (Parameters) of the material being produced at specific time intervals. Keep in mind that another example of a Work Instruction is a check list (e.g. Electronic Work Instructions) to be used for quality checks. Electronic Work Instructions can be displayed to line operators so that they can check how much of which ingredients is required to produce a certain quantity of product and whether or not these ingredients are currently available. Operators will also be asked to ensure that these ingredients are in
14 Functional Overview SIMATIC IT Production Suite V6.6 April optimal condition (for example, at room temperature), prior to starting production. At-line testing means not only performing checks on a finished product, but also controlling quality aspects that play a role in the finished product's production as well. At the end of this process, the company can decide to adopt corrective actions if the analysis results do not satisfy the specification limits defined during configuration. SIMATIC IT Product Definition Manager (PDefM) SIMATIC IT Defect Manager (DM) SIMATIC IT Defect Manager (DM) is in charge of archiving and handling defect-related information. Both GSI and BREAD dedicated interfaces are provided. It maps requirements for Product Definition Management. PDefM supports all definitions related to products. It defines the Process Segments (sequences of operations with resources and parameters) necessary to produce a product. With PDefM, product specifications are defined in a centralized manner and all the components (in particular, Production Modeler) use them to execute the manufacturing actions. SIMATIC IT Production Suite Long Term Archiving (PRS LTA) SIMATIC IT Production Suite Long Term Archive (PRS LTA) makes it possible to copy SITMesDB data to an archiving database having the same structure and that can be accessed whenever needed through SQL queries. In detail, SIMATIC IT PRS LTA can be used to: Transfer data to LTA database. Purge data from SITMesDB database. Import/export SITMesDB data through files. Import/export the MBR (Product Production Rule)-relevant data through files. SIMATIC IT Production Order Manager (POM) It maps requirements for Production Dispatching. POM performs all functionalities related to order execution and, in particular, the customization of Master Order Data (imported from the ERP) for tracking execution-oriented info related to orders. It also handles production-order dispatching, orderstatus updating and tracking, historical database updating.
15 Functional Overview SIMATIC IT Production Suite V6.6 April SIMATIC IT Material Manager (MM) MM can interface the ERP System for material master data imports and performs material-oriented functions, with particular reference to Material Master Data customization for fulfilling requirements regarding execution, as well as tracking and tracing. As international regulations for tracking finished products constantly evolve and become ever-more stringent, MM focuses on the aspects of material genealogy, providing native functionality for navigating a final product s history both backward and forward. In addition, it handles material location management, material transformations, material availability, historical-database updating. SIMATIC IT Shift Calendar (SHC) SIMATIC IT Shift Calendar (SHC) centralizes and manages calendar information to be shared with other SIMATIC IT components (in particular, SIMATIC IT Personnel Management and SIMATIC IT Production Modeler), thus aiding users in both managing resources (i.e. personnel and equipment) and scheduling activities for a plant. The most important engineering activities performed in SIMATIC IT SHC concern defining and generating Shift Calendars. SIMATIC IT SHC allows you to: Define a master working schedule, including working times and breaks; Define the plant's holidays; Generate the actual Shift Calendar of the plant. SIMATIC IT Personnel Manager (PrM) People are an essential resource in the manufacturing system. PrM permits assigning individuals to shifts, as well as logging each person's detailed activities during the workshift. It also permits integrating personnel data and production data: for example, checking the personnel required for a task, or logging on which equipment, material lot, batch or order on which each person worked.
16 Functional Overview SIMATIC IT Production Suite V6.6 April SIMATIC IT Messaging Manager (MsM) The manual activities performed by operators must be synchronized with the automatic tasks executed by MES. MsM facilitates the implementation of the manual activities and the synchronization with the tasks performed by the rest of the system. SIMATIC IT Data Integration Service (DIS) This component enables communication between SIMATIC IT and Third-Party systems, such as ERP Systems, thus providing integration without the need to develop custom applications. DIS ensures reliable message transport among applications of different types and behaves as a generic data transport layer. XML is the preferred standard for message exchange. Connectors are provided for various external systems, such as SAP, Windows File System,.NET, COM, ADO. SIMATIC IT Client Application Builder (CAB) SIMATIC IT CAB is a development platform to create custom GUIs focused on displaying MES data in a Web application, providing solutions that can be integrated with SIMATIC IT components. Using CAB, you can develop clients specifically designed to access data in the SIMATIC IT database interacting with SIMATIC IT components and services. SIMATIC IT Portal SIMATIC IT Plant Performance Analyzer (PPA) SIMATIC IT Plant Performance Analyzer maps requirements for Production Data Collection, as well as for Production Performance Analysis. PPA collects process and production data from a multitude of sources, either through polling or on event. It can perform calculations on multiple data and contextualizes the results against production events, like Production Operations, Process Segments or Batches, establishing and maintaining persistent relationships between data and the relative production contexts. Contextualization may differ, depending on the user s role, satisfying needs at the Area, Plant or Site level. SIMATIC IT Portal is an out-of-the-box Web frontend for the entire MES project, including user preferences, and user and permission management. This ASP.NET web application requires zero development effort, and represents the official CAB Portal application that serves as the Product portal web site for SIMATIC IT services and components. Gradual extension and customization to the out-ofbox solution, as well as seamless integration with SIMATIC IT and 3 rd -party solutions, is possible. The only step necessary to start developing your CAB Portal Web application is to install the SIMATIC IT CAB Portal Starter Kit. The CAB Portal Starter Kit is a fully-functional sample web application used to build complex web scenarios interacting with SIMATIC IT Services and Components. The Starter Kit provides two extendable and customizable ASP.NET page templates in addition to all the administrative pages required for managing the web application. Once installed, CAB Portal Web applications can be developed in MS Visual Studio environment. The development process, management and customization of rich MES applications are made seamless with the most up-to-date CAB technology: CAB Packaging.
17 Functional Overview SIMATIC IT Production Suite V6.6 April CAB Packages are compressed, encrypted and deployed CAB Portal applications developed with the CAB Portal Starter Kit, enclosing web contents such as web pages, user controls, images, scripts and the dynamic contents into a single unique file. They can be fully integrated with CAB Portal applications and are automatically configured to retrieve data from the active SIMATIC IT database. This minimum effort approach eliminates the need to break down the main code of the application to extend its functionalities. Packages can be installed, updated, removed and are subject to version management. A user-friendly step-by-step guide to creating or updating by means of CAB Packaging Wizard, which is also a part of the CAB Portal Starter Kit. Several pre-built packages that can be installed into the SIMATIC IT Portal, called Web Displays are supplied. SIMATIC IT Web Displays facilitate advanced data visualization and management for SIMATIC IT components such as POM, MM, SHC, and UOM directly from the SIMATIC IT Portal pages. Installation and management of Web Displays and other CAB Packages is done via the SIMATIC IT Portal Administration Console. The Administration Console is a ready-to-use Web application that simplifies and speeds up CAB Portal configuration. SIMATIC IT Portal Administration Console also provides full support for CAB Portal-based solutions, with enhanced maintenance and administration of multiple CAB applications. tool provides a set of CAB configurable classes containing: a set of predefined configurable controls, which speeds up the creation and configuration of configurable web pages. a plug-in architecture through which configurable controls can be easily extended. The CAB Configurable GUIs are then provided as packages on which integrators can expand, fulfilling customer requirements in two distinct situations: The integrator needs to provide the customer with a web page that is based on a library page, and this library page has been developed using the CAB Configurable GUIs: in this case, the integrator can make use of the configuration features to customize the existing library page to satisfy the customer s needs. This speeds up the customization process greatly, as the integrator no longer needs to recreate the entire page from scratch. The integrator needs to create a custom page from scratch for a customer: in this case, the integrator can use the controls of the CAB Configurable GUI to create a template page that can then be customized in different ways for different users (or even for different customers) without having to modify the original page. Thus, SIMATIC IT CAB Configurability Framework takes into account the needs of both customers and integrators in terms of: Flexibility Savings in overall costs (time, manhours). SIMATIC IT CAB Configurability Framework In certain cases, when customizing web pages, adopting the classic means provided by SIMATIC IT CAB is not sufficient to permit integrators to satisfy particular customer needs. To obtain greater freedom in web-page customization, integrators can use SIMATIC IT CAB Configurability Framework: embedded in SIMATIC IT CAB, this highly-flexible
18 Functional Overview SIMATIC IT Production Suite V6.6 April Major features in SIMATIC IT 6.6 Multi-language support As of this version, in addition to user-interface localization, multi-language support has been provided for all SIMATIC IT Production Suite components to satisfy language-related needs within an international context. Available in all languages, multi-language support can be enabled on each individual plant. It is provided by way of: BREAD or other public interfaces (where BREAD are not available). GSI interfaces associated to components (only for Write methods). B2MML methods, to import translations from external systems. Extensions in Reporting Framework and Intelligence Suite (MDS, EMDS, MDM, ). Dictionary import/export and archiving (the Multi-Language Dictionary Manager tool). Thanks to multi-language support, MES-relevant engineering-data descriptions are available in various languages directly inside the SIMATIC IT Product Portal screens. Also, SIMATIC IT Reporting Framework reports that aggregate data coming from distributed Plants can be generated in various languages. In brief: plant operators can manage data in their native language, plant managers can see reports in various languages, HQ managers can see their data aggregation in various languages at the Enterprise level. SIMATIC IT ALT immediate configuration process, in which less steps are necessary to create a Work Instruction to be used in runtime. The Form Designer user experience has been made more intuitive by providing dedicated controls for specific functionalities, visual feedback (e.g. immediate recognition of Control-Parameter pairing) and an improved layout with easy access to commonlyused commands and functionalities. Import EWI Definition from an External System Electronic Work Instruction (EWI) definitions can be automatically created by importing the authored configuration from external systems, so that the MES system can acquire data during production execution. Visual immediacy in detecting out-ofspecification values Through appropriate configuration, it is possible to highlight the controls that host out-ofspecifications values at runtime. Likewise, users can set the colors to be used to display those values that fall outside the ranges configured for Alerts, Specifications and Limits. SIMATIC IT PRS LTA Cross-Component Archiving It is possible to configure inter-component links inside PRS LTA Manager. These inter-component relations are managed during the archiving process. Re-engineering of the configuration environment in ALT The adoption of Silverlight technology has made it possible to embed ALT Engineering into the SIT Portal: as a result, this component is much more integrated in the SIT configuration environment. The data model used in this version of ALT Engineering has been streamlined considerably, with the main advantage being a simplified and more Audit Trail Generation After a PRS LTA Import Provided that you are working in a regulated environment in which Compliance Service is running, an audit trail is generated whenever an Import operation is performed via PRS LTA.
19 Functional Overview SIMATIC IT Production Suite V6.6 April Compliance Service Data Archiving MES data can be archived without losing the link with its audit trail. Import\Export APIs SIMATIC IT PRS LTA Import\Export exposes a set of APIs making it possible to call the standard Import\Export and MBR functionalities in the same way they are called in the User Interface: as a result, you can bypass any manual procedures that were previously necessary to perform data transfer. SIMATIC IT PDefM Standalone Product Segment versioning Versioning and life cycle management has been introduced for Standalone Product Segments. Import/Export via BREAD Methods Thanks to the introduction of dedicated methods, PPRs can be imported and exported in B2MML format. Material Alias supported by Material Definitions Users can now associate a Material Alias to the Material Definition Version, and not only to the items making up the Bill of Materials. When an Order is created, the Alias is resolved by searching for the corresponding Material Definition Version, when it is not found in the BOM item. As a result, PPR configuration is much more straightforward. SIMATIC IT POM SIMATIC IT POM has been enhanced thanks to the introduction of: Custom Objects Extension management Support of one-to-many relationships between Material Specifications and BOM Aliases. SIMATIC IT MM Customized data retrieval in B2MML format Enhanced methods now allow for customized material-data retrieval in B2MML format. Improved Auxiliary Tool Management Thanks to enhancements regarding Auxiliary Tool management, users can: define several Bills of Tools on a tool define several multiple status machines for a tool assign several life cycles for the same class of tools define a transition from one status to another to be applied when the time expiration criteria are fulfilled for a tool record a timestamp on every status change for a tool apply the status change to every assembled tool in cascade. Streamlined Fast Data Import As of this version, the Fast Data Import method permits setting a list of properties to be ignored by the import (constant), thereby speeding up the Import operation. Enhancements regarding Lot-related operations Users can now operate on several entities at a time to: Assign Lots to locations Partially or totally disassemble Lots/Sublots from the Lot/Sublot with which it had previously been assembled.
20 Functional Overview SIMATIC IT Production Suite V6.6 April SIMATIC IT Shift Calendar SIMATIC IT PPA Fiscal Year Management As of this version, fiscal years are now a viable choice when configuring shift calendars. Users are no longer limited to defining calendars that reflect the solar year: they can customize their shift calendars, adapting them to what they consider as their fiscal year. SIMATIC IT DIS SAP Netweaver connectors supported SAP Netweaver connectors are supported, making it possible to communicate with all SAP backend systems from release 4.0B onward. These connectors adopt the essential authorization profile for handshaking. They are suitable for non-unicode and Unicode applications: in both cases, an Unicode communication protocol is used. SAP connectors no longer support the SAPGUI protocol, but allow SAPGUI to be used on the same machine. Here are the major advantages stemming from SAP Netweaver support: Centralized DDIC management on DB SAP Netweaver connectors can create their own DDIC repositories where to store templates for both RFC Functions and Idocs. A DDIC repository residing on a single database can be shared among several connectors, thus providing high availability of data communication and improved system security. Role separation SAP Netweaver connectors are able to separate the rights between the Runtime layer, which is responsible for handshaking data between connectors and SAP backend, and the Metadata layer, which is responsible for getting structure definitions from SAP backend. The end result is greater availability and enhanced security. Improved test connection Thanks to an enhanced test connection functionality, checking the validity of the configurations that can be created is simplified and troubleshooting is an easier task. Associating Properties with Tags It is now possible to associate an equipment property to any kind of tag, so that tags can be browsed via the Equipment model. This makes tag management more versatile and adaptable to your needs. SIMATIC IT CAB Configurability Framework Configurations Analyzer tool With the introduction of the Configurations Analyzer tool in SIMATIC IT CAB Configurability Framework, users can compare configurations and resources of configurable pages in order to analyze those generated in different product versions and, if necessary, merge the modifications. A major feature of Configurations Analyzer is that the comparisons are made not only in logical terms, but also for what concerns the configuration's graphical appearance: as a result, the user can actually see any changes made in successive product versions and compare the end result against previous displays. This WYSIWYG approach provides immediacy to those who are unfamiliar with certain aspects of configuration and want make a firsthand evaluation when deciding which particular features to choose over others. Thanks to this tool, you can: compare two different configuration files, with or without associated resources. compare two different folders in order to analyze missing or different configurations and resources. analyze a folder to compare default configurations with customized configurations and their resources. perform an analysis to help the upgrade migration between different product versions: the old default configuration files, the new updated default configuration files and the existing customized configurations can be compared to check for different and missing items. perform merges according to your needs. After comparing two different configuration files and determining their differences, you can choose to merge those aspects that you prefer to maintain
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