Demystifying APIs Part 3: How API Management improves Automation System Integration

Automation System Integration
Automation System Integration

The secret lies in the enablers of a technology that is simple, scalable and widespread.

Automation System Integration

The 4.0 Industry requires more than ever the integration between machines, automation sensors and the management systems of a company. This is because, with this synergy, it is possible to ensure that the production sequence is following the plans and the products generated are stored and processed by the logistics chain correctly.

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Also, it is possible to bring innovation to the industry by opening digital channels for collaborative integrations with business partners, whether these are suppliers or customers, and bringing the industry the necessary openness for an “Open Industry” by creating the means to use it. The startups and partnerships market itself to innovate, grow and differentiate themselves in the market.

And for this whole process to be efficient, the APIs come into play. I worked on a project where I could see closely the benefits generated by the direct implementation of palletizing and stocking robots and sensors through APIs integrated with corporate management systems. In this case, in addition to orchestrated integrations, monitoring and auditing, the APIs allow the robot to receive product and production details in sequence. When completing a palletizing and storage, for example, it is possible to return data to ERP and systems with information and the final status of the process.

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Over time

Over time, this same API-based project has allowed new partner ecosystems to be integrated, as well as including logistics partners to increase and improve process performance for both large and small and medium customers.

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The secret lies in a lightweight, scalable and modern integration medium.

There is no miracle. The reality is in the enablers of a technology that is simple, scalable and widespread. Any developer or system, regardless of their knowledge and programming language, can create their APIs, which will be self-documented, allowing for quick and efficient integrations.

Integrations based on file interfaces with their layouts, messages or legacy APIs in or out of ISO over TCP/IP standards end up with burdens that impact the performance of production and logistics times, generating costs that could turn profits or prices more competitive customers.

Robust API framework

A robust API framework not only makes software work together. The tool must allow a complete analysis of daily life, mitigating potential risks and identifying, during this process, data that was not previously considered by leaders. With this new vision, you can get to know a company in detail and solve its operational failures.

Background APIs are business transactions occurring in real-time and should be handled with the highest level of business criticality. In this scenario, there is no room for failure, as they can mean production delays, SLA losses or, much worse, money.

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Therefore, in the current scenario where we are demanded immediate responses, investing in complete integration and understanding how technologies can influence business processes is essential to maintaining a company’s competitiveness.

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