Weigh Scale, PLC Automation, or Conveyor Integration

BCC Distribution delivers production floor and MES (Manufacturing Execution System) data collection solutions designed to optimize the manufacturing process, improve quality control, and increase uptime while also reducing inventory and costs.

No matter the size of a manufacturing operation, BCC Distribution’s integrated automation solutions for material handling can contribute to overall productivity and profitability with real-time information for industries such as pharmaceuticals, food and beverage, medical devices, aeronautics and aerospace, defense, and biotechnology.

BCC Distribution has software tools and experience to collect, integrate, and utilize key data that can be collected from:

  • Machine Programmable Logic Controllers (PLC’s)
  • Conveyors and Sensors – Material Handling Equipment (MHE)
  • Weigh Scales
  • Fixed-Mount Barcode Scanners
  • Time Clocks
  • Labor Tracking Devices
  • Automated Doors

BCC Distribution’s MES and MHE solutions utilize software, IoT technology, services, and communication tools that are developed with .NET and SQL on the server side and the SAP .NET Connector and ABAP programming language on the SAP ERP side.

Device Integration to Automate Inventory Control.

Device Integration Architecture Made Simple

From legacy serially connected scales to fixed-mounted scanners, or a modern IoT edge technology that connects shop floor, inventory, and labor data, Material Handling Equipment (MHE) integration does not have to be complex. With software integration solutions from BCC Distribution, various devices from different manufacturers can be easily and effective be connected to your SAP S/4HANA or ECC business system.

Leading Communication Protocols to Move Data to a PC/Server

  • Ethernet – TCP/IP
  • Wireless – 802.11 (Wi-Fi) or Bluetooth Low Energy (LE)
  • USB
  • Serial RS232
  • Keyboard Wedge

On-Premise or Cloud Server Running SQL or SQL Express

BCC Distribution’s Data Collection Database and Communication Software

Standard or Customized Reports

BCC Distribution’s SAP Software Interface via SAP .NET Connector

Common Equipment for Visual Validation

  • Monitors located within the shopfloor to track jobs and production.
  • Light stacks to show good vs bad data via visual colors.
  • Audible sounds to alert employees to issues.
  • Barcode printers to validate and track production counts.
  • Barcode scanners and/or RFID readers for tracking at the point of execution.

Improved Quality Control

As quality control information is transmitted in real time, companies with integrated scales, PLC’s, scanners, MHE, etc., can immediately halt production as soon as issues are identified. This reduces waste, scrap, overages, and re-work.

Increased Uptime

Gain realistic production schedules by balancing personnel, material, and equipment resources. These solutions integrate scheduling and maintenance to maximize product flow and asset utilization – increasing uptime and improving overall equipment effectiveness (OEE).

Reduced Inventory

A properly equipped MES updates inventory records with new production, scrap, and non-conforming material so that your purchasing, shipping, and scheduling departments know exactly what material is on hand at all times. This reduces just-in-case inventory and work-in-progress (WIP) inventory – saving money on manufacturing, transportation, storage, and inventory monitoring.

Improved Product Tracking

Follow the production cycle from beginning to end, grouping final parts or batches with the corresponding manufacturing data, coupled with mobile SAP RF scanning and barcode label printing. This data allows for improved regulatory compliance for manufacturers that must conform to government or industry regulations.

Find the MHE Integration You Need at BCC Distribution

At BCC Distribution, your company will find the right products and technology that it needs to increase productivity and maximize optimization, whether you run SAP S/4HANA, SAP ECC 6.0, or another ERP business system. From barcode solutions, fixed-mount scanning, PLC automation, or weigh scale and conveyor handling solutions, our team of experts at BCC Distribution can provide the ideal automation solution to meet your business needs. Contact us today to find out what tech integration may benefit your company’s production, warehouse, or distribution operation.