A MES system must be integrated and perfectly combined with the company IT structure and therefore must be designed to dialogue with other systems, respecting the logical and functional flow of each system, without overlapping and inconsistencies in data. OPERA has been designed to integrate any business system through standard IT procedures, for a bi-directional data exchange. This integration allows automatic flow of production progress data to the decision-making level of the business applications (Level 4) and to dialogue downwards with the executive level for interconnection with all factory devices (level 2, 1). OPERA is compliant to ANSI, ISA95 standards for the development of an automated interface between business systems and control systems. This standard has been developed for global manufacturers to be applied in all sectors and in all types of processes: such as batch processes, repetitive and continuous processes.
A MES system works in real time on complex cycles, whose primary objective is the real-time control of the entire manufacturing process (Level 3) by integrating all the resources and processes. An improved synchronization of activities between the production system and the business system is an important source of value for a manufacturing company and it can be achieved at its best through the implementation of a true MES system such as OPERA.