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Oracle Manufacturing Operations Center

Oracle Manufacturing Operations Center

An Introduction

Oracle Manufacturing Operations Center provides a wide range of options to collect shop floor data directly from Programmable Logic Controllers (PLCs), Supervisory Control and Data Acquisition Systems (SCADA) and Distributed Control Systems (DCS).


In any kind of manufacturing application, the primary challenge is the myriad variety of data standards that need to be handled. Lots of data gets collected on your shop-floor. For example, each plant can have equipments based on different technology with different controlling parameters expressed in different communication protocols. Integrating information from all equipments to get a holistic view of the shop-floor becomes quite complex. Consequently, the problems like getting an insight into real-time performance of your shop-floor or analyzing the problems with shop-floor equipments and determining which production orders are impacted so also analyzing plant through-put and figuring out overall equipment effectiveness trends becomes really tedious task. While this is a challenge, it also provides you with a unique opportunity to deliver quality, flexibility and efficiency, linked to lean and demand-driven supply chain, and through that, new opportunities to differentiate from the competition.

So, here is the step forward from Oracle to grasp that opportunity. Oracle’s Manufacturing Operations Center (OMOC) is a manufacturing intelligence solution aimed at measuring exactly what needs to be managed. It is a standalone solution that delivers real time operational intelligence with its own S95-based data model (separate from ERP). Architected to be ERP agnostic, it is designed as a unified plant data repository with integration to ERP, MES, data historian, SCADA and other types of shop-floor systems. Oracle Manufacturing Operations Center is a pre-built, flexible and extensible solution that provides a robust contextualization rules engine to convert raw shop-floor data into meaningful business information based on pre-built key performance indicators and analytics.

Integration with Manufacturing Equipments and Distributed Plant system

Oracle Manufacturing Operations Center provides a wide range of options to collect shop floor data directly from Programmable Logic Controllers ( PLCs), Supervisory Control and Data Acquisition Systems (SCADA) and Distributed Control Systems (DCS). You can leverage partner solutions from companies such as Mitsubishi Electric, Kepware Technologies, ILS Technologies and Matrikon Inc. to collect and feed real-time sensor data into Oracle MOC.

  • Mitsubishi Electric offers the MESInterface IT, hardened factory data appliance that provides secure and reliable connectivity with Oracle Database and Manufacturing Operation Center. It eliminates integration challenges across Mitsubishi and a range of other brands of factory control systems. MESInterface IT improves system simplicity and maintainability, providing essential functionality such as store and forward data buffering to avoid data loss and a role-based security infrastructure that facilitates effective collaboration.
  • Kepware Technologies have developed Oracle connectivity suit for communication to shop floor equipments and devices. The foundation for connectivity suit is KEPServerEX, delivering across to over 130 manufacturing protocols (Drivers). The list of drivers include PLC and device drivers and U-CON ( User Configurable ) drivers for serial and Ethernet data acquisition delivering connectivity to a myriad of devices, from barcode scanners to scale and RFID.
  • ILS Technology’s award winning DeviceWISE provides secure, direct and easy to configure connectivity from plant floor devices to Oracle MOC. For device connectivity, deviceWISE can communicate with either native device communication or OPC device communication. Other key feature includes device aggregation, edge processing, role-based security and scalability from embedded device such as PLCs and RFID to UNIX, Linux or Windows Servers.
  • Shop Floor Connectors (SFC) from MatrikonOPCis built with industry-leading MatrikonOPC components, and is fully scalable and includes complete functionality such as secure OPC connectivity, data processing (analytics), store and forward (guaranteed data delivery), and event triggered transaction writes.

Real Time integration for plant managers

Oracle Manufacturing Operations Center enables Plant managers and Production supervisors to monitor production performance in real time through pre-built analytical dashboards and reports. It gives the comprehensive understanding of KPIs such as production throughput, equipment availability, overall equipment effectiveness (OEE), and production cycle times. Even drill down capacity to the detailed equipment and production order data to perform root cause analysis, enabling you to answer questions such as:

  • What type of production losses contributed to overall equipment effectiveness?
  • Which departments, resources and equipment are underperforming?
  • Are the resources being utilized effectively?
  • Are the products of acceptable quality standard?

Extensible Role-Based dashboard:

Role-based dashboard can be configured from these measures to foster focused manufacturing. These seeded plant manager dashboard has tools to track the following metrics:

  • Asset performance (OEE) by plant, department and equipment: OEE is a product of machine availability, machine performance and first pass yield. It summarizes the current state of the plant and helps in benchmarking operations against other companies and divisions.
  • Batch performance: Measures work order quantity variance, PPM trend, batch cycle time trend, and service level performance
  • Production performance: Measures production schedule performance by department and equipment

MOC uses ISA-95 standard for defining equipment hierarchies. Shop-floor data is collected as tags using 3rd party OPC servers (from companies like Kepware, ILS, and Matrikon) and other 3rd party solutions. With Kepware’s KepServer, for example, a Channel is a group of shop-floor equipment, and each data collection point (pressure, temperature, vibrations, etc.) for equipment is defined as a tag. Each tag is mapped to a database table-field in MOC. Data on each tag can be collected at a user-defined frequency.
MOC requires Oracle Warehouse Builder (OWB) 10.2.0.4 and OBIEE 10.1.3.4. It uses OWB as an ETL tool to extract data from source systems. OBIEE is used to generate configurable role-based dashboards, ad-hoc reports, and alerts. The reports can be easily downloaded to Microsoft Excel and PowerPoint. A profile option in MOC points to the machine and port where OBIEE is installed.

The latest release (12.1.1.01) of MOC comes with EBS process manufacturing integration, enhanced EBS discrete manufacturing integration, production performance reporting, and production quality monitoring.

MOC is built for quick deployment and adoption. It is advisable to start MOC deployment with a controlled scope (a cell or a line in a plant) and expand gradually to cover the production landscape.
We have previously stated that it’s a stand alone solution but can it be integrated with the E-business suit which might have already been implemented in the organization? It is always beneficial to leverage the potential of existing technology. The answer is Yes.
If you are currently operating Oracle’s manufacturing solution, you can immediately
Benefit from the Oracle® Manufacturing Operations Center through its pre-packaged
Oracle E-Business Suite™ adapter. The adapter is designed to periodically collect
key master and reference data for objects such as Shift, Items, Item Hierarchies,
Resources, Resource Hierarchies, Production Schedule, linked sales order lines and
Cost, The adapter supports Discrete, Flow and Process Manufacturing.
Seeing all these functionality it’s clear that it is the potent enough solution for all the shop floor intelligence related issues.

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