OPERA MES in the "device connection" function allows the interconnection with all the online machines/equipment in the plant for the automatic acquisition of production data, quality data, process data, etc. Normally in companies, there are machines of different type, brand, model but the system is able to manage the connection to all, through standard interfacing procedures or machine-specific connectors. OPERA system acts as an operating system and communicates with the machine in a bidirectional mode: it allows automatic acquisition of data related to the production process (times, quantities produced, scrap, downtime, causal, energy consumption, etc.) and also allows sending to the machines the necessary data for the execution of the production process (e.g. process parameters, setup operating instructions, instructions on the article to be produced, etc.).
Each machine or production line, thanks to OPERA MES, becomes intelligent and "Social" because it is interconnected with the factory computer system and is therefore able to communicate not only with the "factory" but also with the outside, to provide and receive information. The so-called "intelligent factory" is realized through the complete interconnection of the machines, through a fluid and constant communication to coordinate the activities and react promptly to the events and unexpected events. The different entities such as machines, lines, operators, materials, must interact in synergistic and intelligent way to correctly feed the production process.