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iTAC with Enterprise MES at productronica: taking us into the fourth industrial revolution

New iTAC developments pave the way for the Industry 4.0

(PresseBox) (Dernbach, ) Enterprise MES and Smart Factory are iTAC Software AG’s ( key themes at this year’s “productronica” 2013 fair. The MES specialist will be showcasing its latest developments that transform production facilities into smart factories at stand 226 in hall A3 from November 12-15.

iTAC has introduced a paradigmen shift with Enterprise MES and the smart factory concept. At productronica it will be demonstrating the iTAC MES components that are necessary to make this shift with its efficiency model “Enterprise MES”.

Here are some of the latest iTAC developments:
- Business Intelligence Service - The iTAC.MES.Suite has been extended to include a comprehensive Business Intelligence System for building interactive BI artifacts such as reports and dashboards - without IT support - with online access to all production-relevant KPIs. Since it is a cloud-based solution, mobile access via iOS or Android devices is also possible.

- iTAC.Enterprise.Framework - Java EE development platform based on iTAC.ARTES middleware for MES integration by iTAC partners/customers across the entire supply chain.

- Advanced Material Logistics Service - The iTAC.MES.Suite’s Material & Logistics Service has been upgraded with functions for automatic material feed control in highly automated manufacturing processes where there are many product variants.

- Smart Devices for Smart Factories - iTAC has now, for the first time, combined Web-capable hardware components with its MES. The new smart.MESDevice based on Raspberry Pi enables the fast and optimised integration of work and production processes. And the new smart.ReceivingDevice for precise identification of material containers facilitates gap-free material batch documentation and tracking.

- Cloud-based APS - After the integration of the advanced planning tool Ganttplan via iTAC.ARTES Middleware the iTAC.MES.Suite APS Service is now also available as a cloud-based solution.

- iTAC.ARTES Security - Encryption and authentification of communications between the iTAC.MES.Suite application server and the production-related clients will be possible in corporate networks via the HTTPS protocol in future. The ARTES clients facilitate failsafe encrypted communications across firewalls and reverse proxies. The latest iTAC.ARTES release also supports the Diffie Hellman key exchange method perfect forward secrecy (PFS). As a result, the iTAC.MES.Suite can also be operated in WAN networks with maximum security requirements.

These and other innovations will be on show at iTAC’s stand 226 in hall A3. iTAC experts will also be making presentations on various trend-setting sector topics: “MES: Secure Production in the Cloud“, “Enterprise MES: Efficient Production in the Industry 4.0 Age“ and “Effective Production – Innovation between ERP and Shop Floor”.

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Founded in 1998, iTAC Software AG is a leading provider of standard software for company-wide IT applications and a leading provider of manufacturing execution systems (MES) for the entire supply chain. It develops, integrates and maintains its cloud-based iTAC.MES.Suite for manufacturing enterprises around the globe.

As specialist for high-availability, scalable and sustainable infrastructure solutions - based on the Java EE technology platform – the company aims to establish standards and guarantee reliable IT supported business processes. All iTAC software products are based on the iTAC.ARTES technology framework. The high standardization of iTAC technology guarantees that any investment in iTAC.ARTES-based IT applications is a safe investment. We focused on security and reliability, innovation and integration, openness and interoperability in the development of iTAC.ARTES.

iTAC Software AG has its German headquarters in Dernbach near Montabaur and it also operates subsidiaries in France, the USA and China to ensure international presence and customer proximity. The company’s customer base includes renowned enterprises across various industries, including the automotive, electronics/EMS/TC, medical technology, and metal processing industries, the pipeline sector and other sectors.