MES — Manufacturing execution system benefits

Manufacturing execution systems (MES) are computerized systems used in manufacturing, to track and document the transformation of raw materials to finished goods.

MES provides information that helps manufacturing decision makers understand how current conditions on the plant floor can be optimized to improve production output. MES work in real time to enable the control of multiple elements of the production process (e.g. inputs, personnel, machines and support services).

A MES system keeps track of all manufacturing information in real time, receiving up-to-the-minute data from robots, machine monitors and employees.

Although manufacturing execution systems used to operate as self-contained systems, they are increasingly being integrated with enterprise resource planning (ERP) software suites.

The goal of a manufacturing execution system is to improve productivity and reduce cycle-time, the total time to produce an order.

By integrating an MES with ERP software, factory managers can be proactive about ensuring the delivery of quality products in a timely, cost-effective manner.

Today, manufacturers must transform their operations by automating, executing and managing the performance of global business processes across their value chain.

This means end-to-end integration of processes spanning supply chain, production, maintenance, distribution, quality and labor operations — regardless of where these facilities and operations are physically located.

1. Deploy a cloud-based MES solution into the enterprise ecosystem, to deliver cost effective bi-directional connectivity and control.

2. Wirelessly communicate with plant-floor machines for bi-directional Programmable Logic Controller (PLC) integration.

3. Track inventory with end-to-end visibility and high-resolution genealogy — from the point it enters the MES system to the time it ships out the door for enhanced regulatory compliance and traceability.

4. Respond more quickly to changes with a common, intuitive control panel that captures real-time production and waste data — at the manufacturing moment.

5. Utilize work instructions and checklists directly at the workcenter for increased productivity and quality. Drive continuous improvement with automated Statistical Process Controls (SPC) for operational analysis.

6. Utilize in-process control plans and compliance documentation to achieve and maintain industry certifications.

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