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The Internet of Things (IoT) becomes reality for one of the top 500 fastest growing manufacturing companies in the US.

Although there's already much to read about the Internet of Things (IoT) for manufacturing in practice realization of such projects is extremely difficult business. Mainly because there's neither a common standard for communication between machines and business information systems nor a standardized method to pull out business relevant information from these devices.

  • However, by understanding and following some fundamental principles the customer was able to link together manufacturing processes with enterprise processes and master data in a simple and reliable way. This paper describes those principles, linking them together in a coherent journey covering the goals, the terms, the tools, and the decisions that were needed to successfully integrate the shop floor with the rest of the enterprise.



  • Location: Naples, Florida
  • Industry: Life sciences
  • Products and services: Medical devices
  • Revenue: US$ 1.5 billion
  • Employees: 3,000
  • Plants covered by the solution: 2
  • Manufacturing devices in total: 367
  • Production machines: 240
  • CNC controlled Machines: 100
  • PLC controlled machines: 140
  • Implementation partner: inventcom


  • Minimized machine integration costs by only using software based solutions
  • Streamlined work order performance tracking across multiple plants
  • Enhanced visibility, integration, and efficiency by eliminating paper-based, manual business processes
  • Reduced time needed to detect machine issues
  • Enabled web and role-based dashboards for different employees to gain the insights they need too

Challenges and Opportunities

  • Acquire all information needed for process improvement and enhancement of transparency of the shop floor
  • Align data from production resources with business processes
  • Enable enforcement of measures to optimize flexibility, efficiency and effectiveness of the plant floor
  • Deliver convincing data that enables the customer to detect bottlenecks within the production and create error analyses.

Utilized Software Solutions

  • Oracle Manufacturing Operations Center (12.1.3)
  • Kepware Kepserver (for OPC capable shopfloor devices)
  • MTConnect (for controllers equipped with MTConnect client components)
  • Inventcom CNCnetPDM (for CNC and PC controlled machines)
  • Customer specific applications for scheduling, data import from ERP and operational data acquisition (SIP) based on Microsoft SQL Server
  • Customer specific program for transfer of data acquired by Kepware or MTConnect into Oracle DB (Data Service)


  • Automatically acquire data about equipment status and production performance from highly diverse machines
  • Paperless gather data about work-order execution and scrap from machine operators
  • Collect scheduling information from different existent sources (ERP, customer specific solutions)
  • Output reports such as Throughput, Availability, and Overall Equipment Effectiveness
  • Report results about work order execution back to ERP

Implementation Highlights

  • Integrated all manufacturing devices with the existing IT infrastructure without the need for additional hardware at the shop floor
  • Transformed manufacturer specific machine output into homogenous, comparable data packets
  • Contextualized machine-data (states, part-counters) with work-orders, operations and part numbers
  • Automated data import from ERP, customer specific programs for scheduling and legacy applications into a single data repository



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Modified: 2017-06-19