Keep New Products Flowing
Automotive, aerospace, semiconductor, and other manufacturing industries face ever-decreasing design cycles and increased competitive pressure. Most technology and manufacturing entities have initiatives to automate the factory floor as much as possible and then connect to it and push production data to the back office. This model drives data in two directions: the data/programs to control the factory floor and the data resulting from production. In either case, the manufacturing process produces large amounts of data that is mostly stored on servers.
Moving any production data to new systems or storage must be extremely fast, accurate and minimize downtime as any impact on production could be catastrophic. And, because production data is tied to the financial performance of the organization, it is subject to the compliance requirements of Sarbanes-Oxley and it must be secured. If data is migrated to new storage or servers a complete auditable trail must be provided.
Modern manufacturing equipment will often contain computer systems with a user interface and/or data handling component utilizing Microsoft Windows or compatible file services. Maintaining continuous production requires that data can be moved from these production systems while the machines are in operation, to ensure that down-time is reduced.