SeedTactic: OrderLink connects to your ERP system to access orders, uses artificial intelligence to optimize the order production (targeting lean operation, due dates, and easy quality control), and automatically copies jobs into the cell controller. We currently support Mazak, Makino, Mori, and Cincron cell controllers, but can work with you to develop integration with Fanuc or other controllers. The motivation for OrderLink is to implement rate meters to prevent traffic jams, and the high-level overview of how OrderLink operates is described in the whitepaper on integrating ERP with automation.
OrderLink is designed to run once a day to transform orders between the ERP and the cell controller with no human intervention. OrderLink does not store anything itself and does not track or influence the moment-to-moment operation of the cell. OrderLink is designed so that the user inputs a collection of settings which influence how the ERP to cell control transformation occurs. Once the settings have been entered, OrderLink's transformation can happen automatically via a Windows Scheduled Task. To facilitate entering settings and to enhance confidence in the software, OrderLink also contains a GUI which allows the user to preview the results of each step. We suggest that initially you use the GUI to tweak settings and preview and manually control each step in the process. After a month or however long it takes for the settings to stabilize, the automatic operation can be enabled.
Data Transfer Steps
Each time the OrderLink GUI is run, the following steps occur:
When OrderLink first starts, you are presented with a list of machine watch cells with the ability to add or remove cells. You can then select which cell you want to operate on.
Once a cell has been selected, buttons activate on the right. Clicking one of these buttons determines the task that you want to carry out.
For ERP to Cell Control Transfer, OrderLink proceeds through four steps and allows the user to preview each step. OrderLink first loads the bookings, then loads the flexibility plan, then optimizes the daily plan using ramp meters and other techniques, and finally downloads the calculated schedule to the cell controller.
Once the ERP to Cell control transfer is working in the GUI without any settings tweaks, OrderLink can automatically link ERP to the cell controller
For Workorder to ERP Transfer, OrderLink provides a GUI which shows the recently completed parts with their temporary workorder assignment and all unfilled workorders. The user can manually select workorders to mark as filled in the ERP.
For Test a Prove-Out Part, OrderLink loads the flexibility plan and then allows you to customize and generate a job to manually run a part to a specified machine and using a specified pallet. This allows you to selectively test pallet-machine combinations before releasing the flexibility to the full scheduling algorithm.
Exit OrderLink after completing a task. To start a new task, launch OrderLink again.