A Silicon Valley start-up hopes to cash in on the trend for automated manufacturing with Advantage, its flagship Web enabled supply chain management system.
Datasweep claims that Advantage can be integrated with enterprise resource planning (ERP) systems such as SAP, Oracle, Baan, and PeopleSoft, that are too inflexible to support build to order manufacturing.
The company has also partnered with application supplier, Agile Software, and systems integrators such as the Strategic Information Group, to provide its customers with integrated eSupply Chain Management applications.
Vladimir Preysman, the supplier's president and chief executive, said: "Datasweep set out to provide the critical missing link to Web enable the extended supply chain and provide realtime shop floor performance. Our focus is to deliver on the promise of customer driven ecommerce on the plant floor where it really matters."
He added that Advantage would enable customers to track orders in realtime for the first time because it monitored them electronically rather than by traditional paper based means.
Advantage, which runs on Windows NT and is written in Microsoft's implementation of Java, uses Dcom (Distributed Common Object Model) components and ActiveX Controls to communicate with other factory floor applications. It runs against Microsoft's SQL Server 7.0 database to store production information, but will support Oracle 8 in future releases.
Geoffrey Bock, a senior consultant at the Patricia Seybold Group, said: "The Internet is for real, and for the first time we have an infrastructure that can support agile manufacturing activities. The important thing is that, up until now, manufacturing and manufacturing processes have been fairly fixed, if not, some would say, highly ossified or cast in concrete."
Datasweep's customers include contract manufacturer, Flextronics, business to business build to order computer manufacturer, Acma Computers, telecom equipment supplier, Harmonic, and medical equipment manufacturer, Intuitive Surgical.
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