June 28, 2012
Enterprise Integration: Store and Forward
Our clients have come to understand that the InfinityQS platform is far more than traditional SPC. We’ve been working with top manufacturers to develop leading edge quality control for nearly 25 years. In that time, the business landscape has changed dramatically.
The emphasis today is on rolling up enterprise data and turning it into digestible bites that offer complete visibility into the strengths and weaknesses of any manufacturing network.
During this series on enterprise integration, we’ll explore different use scenarios for routing data between sites. Part 1 covers Store and Forward.
Store and Forward
Even in the most reliable and robust corporate networks, a data collection unit could lose access to its corporate database. Maintaining quality data on a local data acquisition device provides protection from possible data loss during both planned and unplanned network downtime, and further ensures that there is never a lapse in the real time data collection process. Once network connectivity resumes, all collected information is automatically forwarded to the master data source.
Regulatory requirements must be maintained while a network is down. To safeguard the integrity of quality data, even during network interruptions, InfinityQS collection systems can be configured to write to a database residing on the same device. The data collection computer can be a desktop workstation in the corporate office, a laptop in another plant, or a tablet anywhere.
Network Domain Routing
The InfinityQS Enterprise Integration Service runs in the background, regularly checking the corporate network for access. Once access is detected, EIS automatically routes new data upstream.
Depending on the specifics of a particular manufacturing environment, EIS could be configured to route data to and from the corporate database. It may be necessary, for example, to route business intelligence to the roaming data collectors and for those data collectors to route their test results back to the master database.
Crossing Network Domains
Enterprise companies will often host multiple network domains. Some environments, for example, manage their data collection stations inside a Production Network Domain while the ProFicient database resides on database servers within their Corporate Network Domain. EIS provides data transport features to accommodate these types of situations.
Web Enabled Routing
When VPN is not an option, InfinityQS Enterprise Integration Service can be configured to leverage web based data routing. This makes it possible for roaming data collectors to publish data from anywhere with an active web connection.