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MESA White Paper #31: Intelligent Integration Interface (I3)

Real-time MOM solutions are the only set of IT applications that actually optimize their day-to-day plant operations to bring actionable value to their business processes, but manufacturers have been slow to recognize the difference between actionable metrics resulting from implementing any given part(s) of MOM functionalities and periodic KPIs used for visibility and interfaces.

Decision makers are often very reluctant to start any kind of MOM implementation in their factory or enterprise because of the MOM solution’s reputation for the large size, risks and high costs associated with these projects. Instead of forcing companies into Big Bang implementations of a full-blown MOM solution with all the above-described risks, best practice suggests starting small, addressing the cultural adoption and alignment issues, and then later extending the functionality according to a detailed MOM Project and Functionality Roadmap. Such a project approach, called ”Intelligent Integration Interface” (I3), is detailed in this white paper.

The I3 concept described in this paper is based on well known standards including ISA-95 and B2MML and adds some further functionality to the integration between an ERP system and a process control system.

This paper describes the I3 methodology and provides an example of how standards are applied in “real-life”.

This paper was produced as part of the MESA/ISA-95 Best Practices Working Group through an international peer review process involving 5 or more subject matter reviewers.

Date Published: June 2010


  1. Allan Møller Schmidt/COWI A/S
  1. Charlie Gifford/21CMS
  2. Gavan Hood/Simul-Tech Pty Ltd
  3. Gene Fojtik/Duality Principle Consulting
  4. Ram Upadhayay/ Seal Consulting
  5. Michael Justesen/Logica
  6. Hendrik Loobuyck/Janssen Pharmaceutica