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Connecting PLC and ERP Systems: Your Data Doesn't Lie


In today's manufacturing environment, it is more important than ever to have real-time data on production operations. This data can be used to improve efficiency, optimize processes, and make better decisions.

One way to achieve this is to connect a PLC system with an ERP system. A PLC system is a computer or device that controls the machinery on the shop floor.

When you connect these systems to your ERP system, manufacturers can collect and share data as they happen. This data can be used to track production rates, identify bottlenecks, and where problems exist (including waste). It can also be used to automate tasks, such as scheduling maintenance and ordering raw materials.

Here are some specific data that can be collected by connecting a PLC system with an ERP system:


  • Machine uptime

  • Production rates

  • Energy consumption

  • Quality metrics

  • Inventory levels

  • Order Status

  • Maintenance schedules


By collecting this data, manufacturers can better understand their production operations. This information can improve efficiency, reduce costs, and ultimately improve quality.

In addition to the data mentioned above, connecting a PLC system with an ERP system can also help manufacturers to:


  • Improve compliance with regulations

  • Increase visibility into production operations

  • Make better decisions about production planning and scheduling

  • Improve customer service


Overall, connecting a PLC system with an ERP system can be a valuable way for manufacturers to improve their efficiency and competitiveness.

Here are some of the benefits of connecting a PLC system with an ERP system:


  1. Increased efficiency: By accessing real-time data, manufacturers can identify and address inefficiencies in their production processes.

  2. Improved quality: By collecting data on quality metrics, manufacturers can identify and address quality issues early on.

  3. Reduced costs: By optimizing production processes and reducing waste, manufacturers can save money.

  4. Improved compliance: By collecting data on regulatory requirements, manufacturers can ensure that they comply with the law.

  5. Increased visibility: By having a single source of truth for all production data, manufacturers can better understand their operations.



  • Improved decision-making: By having access to accurate and timely data, manufacturers can make better decisions about production planning, scheduling, and inventory management.


Me and Craig Kopel did a video on some of these items we are seeing in the IFS project community including complexity and increased regulations. Check it out here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qx0sDsw1p0I


If you are looking to improve the efficiency and competitiveness of your manufacturing operations, then connecting a PLC system with an ERP system is a great place to start.

As always it is important to hire the right talent to manage and expand your production enterprise. Something www.ifs-jobs.com can help with.

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