Apriso, a leading provider of manufacturing software solutions, today announced new Intelligence Packs, now part of the company’s Manufacturing Process Intelligence (MPI) Version 2.0 solution. These Intelligence Packs enable greater “out-of-the-box” functionality and expanded, pre-configured analytics (370+ KPIs) to analyze a wider scope of manufacturing operations. This solution is an ideal complement to existing Business Intelligence initiatives as it provides better decision support for continuous improvement of operations performance.
Manufacturers seeking to improve their enterprise manufacturing intelligence, business analytics and decision support capabilities face many challenges. According to an InformationWeek study conducted late last year, data quality and ease-of-use with complex software tops the list of challenges when implementing BI / Analytics solutions. Integration compatibility and scalability issues are difficult too, especially while trying to cover the entire enterprise. See Figure 1 detailing how these challenges are only increasing.
Apriso’s MPI 2.0 works seamlessly with every other FlexNet application to effectively address four of the top five business analytics challenges, as identified in this survey. Newly introduced Intelligence Packs offer pre-configured integration to the entire suite of FlexNet applications, so access to manufacturing information is “out-of-the-box.”
For example, if a plant manager identifies that Overall Equipment Effectiveness (OEE) is trending down, quick resolution is required. With Apriso’s Machine Intelligence Pack, you can drill down into the components of OEE, such as machine availability, deeper than just planned and unplanned downtime; you can ascertain available time further into blocked, starved or idle time, setup and tear down and even times when the machine is running below targeted speed. Machine Intelligence Pack provides the flexibility and business context to “slice and dice” this information to reveal hidden correlation to products, shifts, work centers or other factors, helping you to quickly expose and fix a hidden bottleneck responsible for below target production numbers.
Three Intelligence Packs are now available, which include 370+ Key Performance Indicator (KPI) analytics covering equipment, production and labor performance. As MPI 2.0 is part of the FlexNet family of manufacturing operations management applications, the user interfaces are easy to understand and configure to role-based displays, further simplifying the user experience. As all applications share the same unified data model, integration and compatibility issues are non-existent. Further, as each Intelligence Pack KPI is pre-standardized, conflicts arising on how to determine which is the best measurement are virtually eliminated.
“Those electing to implement a complete manufacturing intelligence solution can now easily do so across all of their manufacturing operations, resulting in greater visibility into production, warehouse, quality, maintenance and labor activities,” stated James Montgomery, Apriso’s MPI product manager. “Apriso’s Intelligence Packs are unique to the industry. No other vendor offers such a complete turn-key approach to enterprise manufacturing intelligence. A combined MPI and BI solution makes a lot of sense when the complexity and dynamics of your shop floor operations can be standardized and then fed back into your corporate enterprise BI system.”
Apriso’s recently introduced Manufacturing Process Intelligence 2.0 solution is an ideal complement to Microsoft’s Business Intelligence and database products, including Microsoft SQL. Apriso’s FlexNet Manufacturing Process Intelligence is pre-configured to work out-of-the box with Microsoft Office, offering substantial reporting capabilities “out-of-the-box” without requiring any time consuming custom programming.
About Apriso Corporation
Apriso (apriso.com) is a software company dedicated to helping its customers transform the performance of their global manufacturing operations. It does so by enabling manufacturers to achieve and sustain manufacturing excellence while adapting quickly to market changes. FlexNet, Apriso's manufacturing software, uniquely enables companies to manage processes and share best practices across their operations with its BPM platform-based architecture. Apriso supports continuous improvement initiatives by delivering visibility into, control over and synchronization across manufacturing and the product supply network. Apriso serves nearly 200 customers in 40+ countries across the Americas, Europe, Asia and Africa. Customers include GM, Tesla Motors, Volvo CE, Cummins Inc., L'Oréal, Luxottica, Lockheed Martin, Bombardier, Textron Systems, MBDA and Saint-Gobain.
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