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Our projects cover a broad spectrum of applications from process control to production planning, sales support, shipping and project collaboration. Common to all the systems we have delivered is the requirement for high reliability, and since much of our work is deployed on the production line, ease of use has been essential.

MACH2 has grown to over one million lines of code, and now supports sales, production and shipping activities as well as management information and Business Intelligence analysis and reporting.

Portfolio folder M.A.C.H. 2

Enterprise-wide sales and production management system

Portfolio folder Business Intelligence

Cerres have enabled management to execute ad-hoc, multi-level and multi-dimensional reports on key performance indicators.

Portfolio folder Protocol

Cerres have realised the benefits of tools that facilitate effective collaboration of geographically dispersed teams.

Portfolio folder Process Database

Production planning system

Portfolio folder SAP R3 Data Link

Systems integration to SAP R3

Portfolio folder Cell Management System

Real-time process control system

Portfolio folder Truck Communications

Truck-mounted real-time planning, information processing and remote-control system

Update Hydro Aluminium

Implementation of customer portal and API extenstions to MACH2 given the go-ahead.

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"The feedback from the users are very positive. Conclusion: Success and roses to your staff" Harald Syre - Application Manager, HARP
"MACH2 has the potential to radically improve the planning process in our plants." Jan Ove Halvorsen, IS/IT Manager, HARP

Cerres Portfolio SAP R3 Data Link

A systems integration project, providing a link between various foundry production planning systems located in Norway and a company-wide SAP R3 accounting and logistics system based in the UK.


The system transfers details of production orders and materials specifications from SAP to the appropriate foundry system. Production information, including details of completed order items, raw materials usage and quality control information, is returned from the foundry systems to SAP.

This interface was designed to provide a generic API so that different systems in various factories could use a common set of sub-routines to effect transfers of production information to and from the SAP PP-IP module.

This has allowed the system to be integrated into a variety of Oracle-based production systems across the company within a short time-scale and with minimum impact.

A number of surveillance and management applications have been implemented to provide support personnel with automatic e-mail notification of any change in the system status. This has significantly reduced the time required for systems support.


This implementation relied on one of our own products, Sentrix, to provide communications between the database and the operating system programs presented by the SAP interface to the PP-IP module. Sentrix also provides a complete logging and audit system enabling all communications between the systems to be tracked.

We also provided Oracle performance tuning expertise for SAP interface programs, which were implemented by third parties.

Originally Cerres was asked to implement a data link for just the Karmy smelter. We suggested that a common system could be developed and deployed at each foundry. The advantages of this approach were to minimise the costs of development, rollout and ongoing support at the four Norwegian smelters.

The implementation of a generic API using PL/SQL encapsulated complicated data transfer functions and low-level function calls. It also provided an easily-programmable interface, which could be integrated into the production systems at any of the foundries.

Implementation of a generic data link ensured a high level of data security and reliability. Comprehensive error-checking was implemented to ensure data consistency between SAP and the local foundry systems.


  • The system connects production systems in four aluminium smelters in western Norway with a SAP R3 system based in Portsmouth, England.
  • It is a truly mission-critical system, providing 24x7 availability.


  • Analysis, design, programming, testing, commissioning and ongoing support.


  • SAP R3 PP module
  • TCP-IP
  • IBM RS6000 / AIX
  • Dec VAX / Open VMS
  • Oracle DBMS
  • PL/SQL
  • Pro*C
  • Borland Delphi