Manufacturing Intelligence

What is Manufacturing Intelligence?

Manufacturing Intelligence or Enterprise Manufacturing Intelligence (EMI) is a software solution that pulls together data from diverse sources across a manufacturer’s operations, then produces reports, analysis, dashboards, and other useful tools that help enhance manufacturing performance.

Data sources for Manufacturing Intelligence include Enterprise Resource Management (ERP) and other business systems, plus the systems that make up the Manufacturing Operations Management (MOM) ecosystem: Manufacturing Execution System (MES), Quality Management System (QMS), Advanced Planning and Scheduling (APS), and Formula Design and Specifications Management.

Manufacturing Intelligence software generates a unified, accessible analytical data model, giving manufacturers the ability to explore contextualized data and gain insights into actual manufacturing operations in comparison to engineering plans and product designs. That is, it generates an as-produced Digital Twin that provides a direct point of comparison to the planned Digital Twin of Product and Process.

Enterprise Manufacturing Intelligence software is a key component of Closed-Loop Manufacturing (CLM): it provides both near-real-time visibility of manufacturing operations and deeper insights that can be fed back to design and engineering teams to support continuous process and product improvement.

Man using enterprise manufacturing intelligence software to analyze production data.

Enterprise Manufacturing Intelligence (EMI) Functionality

Architectural setup - Enterprise Manufacturing Intelligence is based on a modern architecture that supports levels of data visibility and analytical capabilities, centralized or distributed deployment flexibility, and options for on-premises or cloud-based operations.

Data exposition - Context-driven data navigation and openness in the selection of visualization tools make it easy for each stakeholder to retrieve needed information quickly.

Data management - Applying the ISA-95 international industry-standard Manufacturing Analytical Model (MAM), Manufacturing Intelligence creates a Manufacturing Data Warehouse (MDW). Third-party software can connect to the MDW and retrieve data. MDW also supports analyses of production operations down to the IoT level.

Engineering/configuration - Enterprise Manufacturing Intelligence enables the preparation of manufacturing data for analyses and scenario creation for development, testing, quality assurance, or production operations.

Manufacturing Intelligence Benefits

Manufacturing Intelligence improves collaboration and data exchange between manufacturing operations and enterprise systems, whether at the level of an individual plant or across all a manufacturer’s facilities. Users gain a more complete perspective on manufacturing operations.

Additional Benefits:

  • Near-real time visibility

  • Remote access

  • Identification of performance trends

  • Improved analysis

  • New manufacturing insights that feed continuous process improvement