Packaging titan Rexam has chosen Stratus Technologies’ ftServer systems as the hardware platform for a major re-architecture of its plant systems, including the integration of a manufacturing execution system with its enterprise resource planning system.
Rexam, the world’s largest manufacturer of beverage cans, will implement a total of 35 Stratus ftServer 2400 and 4300 servers at 17 can and end production facilities in North America.
The ftServer systems will be the hardware platform for the SAP xApp Manufacturing Integration and Intelligence (xMII), used to integrate manufacturing transactions with mySAP ERP, and the Acumence Plant Analytics Server, used to monitor operations and resolve manufacturing exceptions in real-time.
Having an xMII server at each plant will also allow the plants to run in a disconnected mode in the event of a wide area network outage or corporate enterprise resource planning (ERP) maintenance.
We are taking this step to make sure that transactions are always available at our plants, said John Niemzyk, vice president and CIO of Rexam Beverage Can Company. This project ensures that all transactions will be stored and later forwarded to the corporate ERP system. We decided the ftServer is the right platform for maintaining this critical link between the corporate instance and our plants.