Rockwell Automation Software/FactoryTalk Integrator

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Overview[edit]

The FactoryTalk Integrator is an essential component of the FactoryTalk Integrated Production and Performance software suite. It broadens the reach of the Rockwell Automation Integrated Architecture by letting our plant's systems to transmit data and exchange transactions virtually with any other system. It is designed to help us in getting required data with ease and in particular, when and where we want it.

Main Features[edit]

FactoryTalk Integrator consists of following vital features:

  • It offers a reliable platform for connecting Rockwell Automation MES products to ERP packages
  • It furnishes us one workflow engine for synchronizing manufacturing with our business system
  • It can effortlessly connect one system to another.
  • It Provides connectivity to SAP using their native interfaces
  • It Supports B2MML standards

Benefits[edit]

Major benefits offered by FactoryTalk Integrator include:

  • Powerful workflow engine inside FactoryTalk Integrator provides a comprehensive tool more powerful than a point-to-point solution.
  • Arranged and organized data instead of duplication and we can get our data where it needs to go.
  • Data is protected while it is in transit, even when it is moving across multiple computers.
  • Messages are also encrypted for security and privacy to safeguard against being intercepted. Connecting parties are authenticated for additional security.
  • Drag-and-drop editing of integration scenarios and data mapping saves coding time and improves efficiency.

FactoryTalk Integrator Adapters[edit]

FactoryTalk Integrator utilizes modular components and application-independent business logic to enable us to execute business processes which are distributed across a WAN or LAN. The system is distributable and flexible, with reusable components and customization features that make it possible to meet site-specific and application-specific needs. An execution of FactoryTalk Integrator employs adapters collectively with several types of modular and customizable components, including collaborations, business objects, maps, and data handlers.

The system design allows for adapters to connect to the individual applications natively and create objects specific to the application, using an Object Discovery Agent to inspect those application-specific objects. For instance, if the adapters were connected to a database (using the JDBC adapter), the objects would reflect tables, views, or stored procedures. If the adapters were connected to SAP, those objects could reflect BAPIs, RFCs, or IDocs. The application-specific objects are then mapped to generic business objects. In FactoryTalk Integrator, the generic business objects are based on B2MML (Business to Manufacturing Markup Language known internationally as IEC/ISO 62264 and developed by WBF (World Batch Forum)). As a result, integration with other B2MML applications is simpler.

Integration scenario[edit]

In a FactoryTalk Integrator implementation, an integration scenario means software modules which contain code and business-process logic that drives interactions between applications. Integration scenarios can:

  • Act on generic business objects rather than application-specific objects.
  • Be simple (including just a few steps) or complex (involving several steps and additional integration scenarios).
  • Be distributed across any number of applications and can handle synchronous and asynchronous service calls.
  • Support long-lived processes.