Data Services


The PDA Data Services Group can meet all of today’s Industrial IT needs. From the Internet of Things (IoT), MES and OEE, to the Cybersecurity associated with connecting all the data – PDA has the solution! Using commercially available off the shelf (COTS) technology or custom developed solutions, we can adapt or develop a solution that fits your specific requirements and infrastructure



DSG provides a means to collect and store your process data and formats it into a reporting solution that best suits your needs. Our reporting methodology starts with web-based access to all your data visualization requirements.

We have provided reporting for the following and much more:

  • Industrial compliant solutions
  • Production counts
  • Spec Versus Performance
  • Batch Summary & Variance
  • Material Usage & Trending
  • DEP Compliant Reporting

Data Acquisition

DSG can help your company identify KPI’s and process critical information and then apply a system to collect and display the information to you in a usable format.

Whether you need to snapshot a handful of variables at critical steps in your process, or if you need fast collection of a large number of process variables into a true historian system, we can provide the solution for you. Using standard data collection technologies we create accurate reports and views of this information so you can improve the operation of your equipment and profitability of your plant.


With the rise of cybercrime and data breaches, all businesses need to be prepared. Manufacturing companies are becoming more and more vulnerable as they rely on software, the cloud, and the internet of things (IoT) to manage and integrate data from many sources.

Elements of a secure IIoT system typically include:

  • Network Security
  • Application Security
  • Services Security
  • Supply Chain Security

Industrial Internet of Things

The Internet of Things (IoT) is the network of physical objects, e.g., devices, equipment, buildings, that are embedded with software, sensors or electronic connectivity to enable the collection and exchange of data. That data assists in planning, management, policy and decision-making for an organization.

Among the characteristics of the Internet of Things are (a) a unique internet address by which each connected physical object and device is identified; (b) a unique location which may be fixed or mobile; and (c) complex capabilities in analytics, security, and management.

Industrial Networking


DSG provides a network infrastructure that is manageable, reliable, expandable, and secure. We analyze, identify, design, and apply an ethernet network architecture that fits immediate needs and establishes a foundation for expansion.  DSG solutions utilize an open-architecture and are scalable.  Solutions may include wired and wireless technologies, configuration and deployment of virtual LANs, and implementation of secure firewall technology. The solutions offer smooth, uninterrupted data communications and redundancy in the event of network failure.

Recipe/Setup Systems

Our custom solutions, developed with standard programming languages, will help your organization better manage, control, and monitor your production and at the same time ensure consistency and efficiency.

Configurations include:

Local: Will store and access data directly from the specific equipment

Server: Allow management of multiple pieces of recipe/profile based equipment from one common interface



Manufacturing Execution Systems, or MES, are designed to bridge the communication gap between the plant floor and management at executive levels in an organization. MES serves as a layer between resource planning systems and the plant floor where machines are being controlled and operated.

Software modules can include:

  • Scheduling – Plan and monitor production in real-time
  • OEE/Downtime – Monitor production efficiency
  • Web Services – Connect to ERP and other systems using web services
  • Track & Trace – Track finished goods, raw materials, and more
  • SPC – Collect and monitor statistical process control data
  • Instrument Interface – Collect and parse data from scales, gauges, files and more
  • Recipe / Changeover Management – Manage and monitor recipes and changeovers


Virtualization is the ability to create multiple fully-functional virtual environments from a single physical hardware infrastructure.  Benefits to this often include:

  • Reduced capital and operating costs
  • Minimization of downtime
  • Increased productivity, agility, and responsiveness
  • Quicker provisioning of resources
  • Increase in redundancy and failover abilities

Custom Application Development

DSG can develop exactly what you need! Connecting the plant floor directly to the business layer of an organization can be difficult.  We can create solutions that enable you to leverage the benefits of a relational database which can lead to improvements in your processes without incurring the vast capital expenses of installing new equipment resulting in an attractive ROI.


Barcoding Solutions

DSG customizes a plant floor data collection solution to enable manufacturers to use real-time information to track information on inventory, tools/materials and other assets, work in process (WIP), labor, and quality control, all linking to your existing ERP. By creating a more seamless flow of continuous, accurate documentation related to the condition of your process, you’ll experience fewer errors and improve productivity.

Ask us about the experience we have in YOUR industry!

  • Food
  • Beverage
  • Bakery
  • Pet Food
  • Metals
  • Aerospace
  • Transportation
  • Refractory
  • Pharmaceutical
  • Snack Food
  • Plastics
  • Chemical
  • Paper
  • Lumber
  • Inks and Coatings
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