The Case for the Integrated Shop Floor, With Microsoft Dynamics AX in Control
There's value in machines delivering data to ERP. A machine can in effect tell you "I made 1000 parts today!" or "Something's wrong, my defects are up to 10 and my average is 1," or "I'm running hot. Grease me."
The value rises with the ability to talk to the machine, telling it and its operator which job is top priority, about bill of materials (BOM) substitutions, and if preventive maintenance is due.