MES: WIP, Labor, and Machine Tracking for Macola ES 

Interface Overview

The ShopVue-Macola ES interface (svMacola) allows you to front end your Macola system with a state-of-the-art MES software.

The svMacola interface automatically downloads from Macola the necessary information for accurate data collection, order tracking and efficiency reporting. Soon after operators report transactions on the shop floor, svMacola uploads information like direct labor charges and quantities to Macola.

Ultimately, the svMacola interface enables Macola to display your updated order status, additional actual labor, and production quantities.

Validation and Error Handling

ShopVue uses Production Order information from Macola to interactively validate each operator entry. For example, if ShopVue knows a standard in Macola is 100 pieces per hour, ShopVue can warn an operator if she attempts to report a quantity that is less than X percentage (user-defined) of this standard.

The svMacola interface validates these entries again when it updates Macola through its SFC Bar Code Interface. In the unlikely event that an error slips through, svMacola returns the error to ShopVue for correction and automatic reposting.


Multi-company Support

With the svMacola interface, you can release Production Orders from different Macola companies into the appropriate instance of ShopVue. ShopVue operators and supervisors don’t have to worry about charging work to the right company. The svMacola interface automatically applies labor to the correct company when exported back to Macola.

Changes Only

The Changes Only feature ensures ShopVue will only download new orders and changes to existing orders, limiting network traffic and speeding download time. Seconds after planners input that new hot job into Macola, operators can begin working on the job in ShopVue.

Automatic Operation

ShopVue-Macola interactions happen automatically at frequent intervals. If either system is temporarily unavailable, the svMacola interface queues transactions until a connection is reestablished.

Corrections in ShopVue with Delta Logic

Supervisors can make corrections to operator transactions in one place – ShopVue.  svMacola uses delta logic along with its export history to transmit the correction to Macola to keep the two systems in sync.

About ShopVue: ShopVue is a shop floor data collection system that provides a fast, friendly and foolproof user experience. Our MES software works with your ERP such as SAP; Oracle; Dynamics NAV, GP, or AX; Infor Syteline, XA, Point.Man, ForthShift; Macola ES; BPCS; PRMS and more.