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Frequently Asked Questions

Q: What does the name Sylution mean?

A: SylutionTM is trademarked name made from the joining the words System and Evolution. These capture the essence of what we do at Sylution. Most vendors push a policy of rip and replace - migrate from old systems to a new platform or system. In the world of automation and manufacturing intelligence this is great for vendor of platforms and integrated suites of products. They sell a new "platform" capable of doing a lot of stuff without being the best at anything. The client has an inordinate cost of installation, high software maintenance costs, and a system full of tools that are always that are always two to five years behind what best-of-breed is doing today. Sylution advocates evolving systems - replacing components based on risk and ROI - with the best systems that integrate to your existing systems.

Q: What does the tagline *Acquire *Analyze *Present mean?

A: This is what we do. We help our clients get the right manufacturing data from automation and controls, business systems, maintenance, manual inputs and more. There is almost no existing system that we cannot connect to get data. We provide tools and services to help our clients analyze the data to make it into actionable intelligence and key performance indicators for operators right to the board room. Finally, we help our clients present the intelligence in the right manner and via the right service on operator stations, web pages, electronic signage, email alerts, trends, charts, graphs, and reports.

Q: Why do I need a performance management system like an MES? Can't I just put all my data production data in a process historian and then write reports that show downtime and performance KPIs?
A: The short and somewhat deceiving answer is "yes, of course". The problem with that answer is a process historian and performance management system are two separate types of systems. Chose what you need based on the reports and dashboards that are needed. The process historian saves time series data, ie. Value:Time. Time has to the only link between all data. Writing a report showing performance KPIs per shift, SKU, job, order number, batch, supplier, etc. is difficult at best and every report, every dashboard is difficult to build and easy to break. An MES stores the key performance information, not data, to make performance reporting easy. The process historian is an excellent tool for seeing Trends. Call us at Sylution and we can show you the differences and uses for each of these valuable tools.

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