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MES CAT Connect
"Machine controller", "OPC" and "serial interface" are just a few of the keywords in shop floor integration of MES CAT. A variety of different end systems, like camera systems, automated packing systems and scales, can be smoothly integrated within MES CAT.
Event-controlled processes help you to implement outgoing data transmissions in a targeted way for production data acquisition. MES CAT offers you the possibility of integrating customer-specific expansions in the standardized process via customization.
MES CAT can receive and process data from the shop floor or third-party systems. The way data should be handled further is determined here. It is possible to save data for analytical purposes or use it for booking. Bookings can be made fully automated in the background or partially automated by pre-setting values in the interface. Mass data is collected and saved, particularly in quality management.
MES CAT contains a mapping engine. Inbound and outbound messages and content can be transferred over to the corresponding internal structures. Mapping is generated through customization and can be enhanced with dynamic field conversions or field assignments.
The interface monitor provides you with the option of monitoring and logging the interfaces. All inbound and outbound messages, along with a date and time stamp, are recorded with a logging function and saved for subsequent display. The raw data is saved in XML format and displayed accordingly. MES CAT provides the option of utilizing alert management. Should a fault transmission occur, messages can be sent to various recipients.
The ABAP framework provides the option of creating so-called native interfaces using a variety of technologies. A host of different transmission types can be used here. RFC (Remote Function Call) and IDoc (Intermediate Document) are the most well-known of these.Web service calls, file transfer and FTP interfaces are increasingly being used for communication with third-party systems.
The JAVA framework adds additional transmission options to the ABAP framework. So-called sockets are used for communication on the shop floor with a particularly frequency. Socket functions are available as standard in JAVA and can act either as a client or server. Just as frequently, communication occurs over serial interfaces. This method of transmission can also be implemented with our JAVA interface libraries. The possibilities of MES CAT Connect can be expanded using the following SAP products: