ShopFloorManager's ThirdPartyTools allows you to create any number of Communication's Channels so you can connect to all of your favorite Third-Party Applications and store all of their Data Securely in ShopFloorManager! You can then at anytime securely access your data and Third-Party Applications.

ShopFloorManager's ThirdPartyTools: Connecting ShopFloorManager to your World!

Primer - Third-Party Tools

ThirdPartyTools is a ShopFloorManager Module that allows you to create any number of Communication's Channels for connecting your critical Third-Party Applications to ShopFloorManager's Integrated Manufacturing System. Since the heart of any Integrated Manufacturing System is the secure storage & management of your Application's Data it is a basic necessity that your Applications are part of this Integrated System. ShopFloorManager's ThirdPartyTools provides this basic communication's channel!

ThirdPartyToolsTM provides communication's channel for integrating your Manufacturing Applications with ShopFloorManager. If your Applications are Microsoft Compliant then your Manufacturing Application can become part of ShopFloorManager's Family of Integrated Applications which provide Secure Storage & Management of all of your Third-Party's Application Data!

ShopFloorManager Runtime Configure 3rd-Party Tools... Icon

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Note: From the above ShopFloorManager Runtime Application you can click on the Configure 3rd-Party Tools... Icon to manage the Configure 3rd-Party Tools Relationships and various Parameters. See the following Window for a more detailed View.

Connecting 3rd-Party Tools Application to this Workstation
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Note: The Window above displays all of the Physical Workstations associated with ShopFloorManager. Since we are associating a Third-Party Application with ShopFloorManager this Application must reside on one of these Physical Workstations. This Window allows a User to select the Physical Workstation(JOE7) where the associated Application is located. Click on the "New" button to search for this Application and the following Window will be displayed.

Locate 3rd-Party Application
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Note: From the Window above browse to the Application you want to associate with this Physical Workstation and click the "Open" button. This brings up the Window used for naming the Third-Party Application as displayed in ShopFloorManager!

3rd-Party Tools Name Application
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Note: Use this Window to accept the Application's native name or rename it as you want it displayed in ShopFloorManager. Click the "OK" button to have ShopFloorManager use this Name when associating this Third-Party Application on this Workstation. After clicking the "OK" button ShopFloorManager's Properties Window will be displayed for this Third-Party Application.

Properties Window
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Note: Use the above Window to set the Startup Properties when this Application is started from ShopFloorManager. These Properties settings are "Standard" Microsoft Application Properties! When complete click the OK" button and the updated 3rd-Party Tools Application Window is displayed. Click on the Application's "Name" and the following Window is displayed.

3rd-Party Tools Window - Assigning User Groups to this Application
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Note: The Window above is used by Administrators to assign specific User Groups to this Application thus limiting its access to only the Users in these User Groups! Therefore you have complete control and security of your data. ThirdPartyTools: (html)

Typical Use of 3rd-Party Tools for this Application

Following are details on how to use the 3rd-Party Tools to access your Third-Party Applications from within ShopFloorManager.

ShopFloorManager Runtime - Manage Controlled Documents' Icon
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From ShopFloorManager Runtime above click on the Manage Controlled Documents Icon and the Manage Controlled Documents Window is displayed.

Note: See previous web-pages for using Manage Controlled Documents for how to select specific Documents!

Manage Controlled Documents Window - Select Document
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Note: In the Window above we have choose the 3rd-Party Icon "Check Out and Edit with 3rd-Party or Native Applic". After clicking this Icon you will be presented with a list of third-party applications to chose from to edit the selected file we are storing in ShopFloorManager. ShopFloorManager will pass this "Document" to this Applications for Editing.

Third-Party Application Selection
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Note: In the Window above you can chose the third-party application to edit the selected Document stored in ShopFloorManager!

Third-Party Icons: Options for Editing ShopFloorManager Documents with Third-Party Applications
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Note: In the above List of Third-Party Icons chose the appropriate Icon for: Run 3rd-Party Tool, Copying & Open with 3rd-Party or Native Application, Delete Copied Files, Check Out and Edit with 3rd-Party or Native Application, Edit Check Out File, Check In Edited File, Abandon Edits and Check In!

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