The manufacturing execution systems (MES) business has a new player. USData's new MES software product, called Xfactory, is built using Microsoft ActiveX components. It also embraces Microsoft's Windows DNA (Distributed interNet Applications) initiative for componentization and intra-application compatibility. DNA promises Xfactory users drag-and-drop implementation, better process visibility, and robust support for online process change.
USData president and CEO Bob Merry described the new software as a bridge between the plant floor and ERP systems.
Systron Donner Inertial Division, BEI Sensors and Systems Co., participated in a beta test of Xfactory. Gerald Brasuell, vice president and general manager for the division, says the software allows the Systron Donner division to manage change more effectively and also raise the "visibility" of the company's production processes "throughout our value chain."