COMPASS MES functions can be achieved to working with highly-different shop-floor data collection devices and automatic machine supervising systems.
According to the characteristics of the specific production processes and the requirements and goals of each company, different hardware devices can be used, implementing highly-different data collection technologies and performances.
As to manual data collection (that is manual data entry by operators), both wired devices such as personal computers, touch-screen panels, industrial terminals, thin clients, etc. (equipped with readers, scanners, imagers, ....) and/or "portable" devices, such as PDAs, vehicle terminals, industrial tablets, etc., can be used.
As to integration with machines, for direct data acquisition, in this case too a variety of different technologies can be used, depending on specific requirements and types of data to be collected (I/O, PLC, SCADA, etc.).