New component of Wonderware System Platform synchronises human and system activity across business and production applications to drive operational excellence

16th June 2011
Posted By : ES Admin
New component of Wonderware System Platform synchronises human and system activity across business and production applications to drive operational excellence
Cheadle based Wonderware, distributed in the UK by SolutionsPT, has announced the immediate availability of its new ArchestrA® Workflow software, a component of Wonderware’s System Platform. This element further extends the integrated application capabilities of the Wonderware System Platform with the addition of Business Process Management (BPM) technology.
ArchestrA Workflow software is an advanced workflow application that enables companies to digitize manual and automated processes that include people and/or systems. This sophisticated Business Process Management application enables companies to model, execute, analyze and improve processes inside and outside of their organisation to drive higher levels of collaboration, productivity and innovation.

ArchestrA Workflow Software captures and enforces operational processes across business and production systems to automate the response to process exceptions. The software synchronizes human and system activity by enforcing standard operating procedures, as well as standard responses to abnormal events, such as downtime, quality breaches or yield decreases. With ArchestrA Workflow companies can standardise and formalise work processes that manage normal, unscheduled or disruptive events within their operations environment - providing the right people with the right information at the right time.

“Workflow automation for manufacturing and industrial applications has been growing in importance for plant operators and engineers,” asserted Bob Mick from ARC Advisory Group. “This is primarily due to their increased responsibility for compliance, quality and tracking, as well as knowledge capture.

“Wonderware’s unique approach of embedding workflow software within its ArchestrA technology enables customers to implement standard operating procedures and corrective actions, basically structuring repeatable, managed responses to process exceptions across the enterprise. This can be especially effective for processes and workflows that cross organizational boundaries such as operations, maintenance, laboratories and other business domains. For most customers, a workflow application should help reduce delays in responding to abnormal events, thereby significantly increasing productivity”, concluded Mick.

Typical applications for ArchestrA Workflow software include materials quarantine, escalation of incoming materials inspection to respond to quality or performance issues and corrective action/preventative action (CAPA) enforcement, unscheduled downtime/maintenance responses or other unscheduled/unplanned activities that take place within a manufacturing enterprise.

ArchestrA Workflow Software integrates work instructions right down to the operational level – providing clear step by step information as to how to proceed with any manufacturing process. Key integration capabilities of ArchestrA Workflow software are: Multi-channel task delivery and response through web, Smartphone, email, IM, and voice; native integration with Microsoft Outlook and Microsoft Office, and connectors for Microsoft SharePoint, Microsoft BizTalk, and SAP ERP.

Sue Roche, General Manager, Wonderware UK and Ireland said, “ArchestrA Workflow Software further extends the functionality of Wonderware System Platform and should be evaluated by all System Platform users. This is an important addition to Wonderware System Platform that further enhances its capability to provide a single, highly integrated, plant–wide system.”

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