Manufacturing Execution Systems
Manufacturing Execution System, or MES, is an information system that drives the execution of manufacturing operations. The main goal of such systems is to achieve and to maintain high performance in a highly competitive and rapidly changing manufacturing environment.
To meet this goal MES performs a set of tasks in the shop floor that are integrated with other systems across the organization and supply chain:
|Monitoring and enforcing the correct execution of the production process|
|Monitoring and controlling the material used in the production process|
|Gathering information about the production process|
|Providing the tools for the analysis of the data to optimize efficiency|
|Delivering and managing work-instructions|
|Providing the tools to solve problems and optimize procedures|
MES plays a critical role in Industry 4.0, as it accommodates the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT)-enabled production marketplace. However, not all MES are currently designed to accommodate the integration, decentralization, and new technologies of Industry 4.0. »» Read more in this white paper
Key benefits of MES
|Achievable in short time: increased efficiency and reduced costs|
|Achievable in long time: overall improvement in processes|
MES vs ERP: where to draw a line?
Both of these systems are critical to manufacturing processes. In the past years the link between an Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) system and a Manufacturing Execution System (MES) has been well established and integration of these two became easier and more valuable than ever. The confusion still lies in deciding which processes should be supervised by MES vs ERP.
An MES becomes the ideal choice for a complex production process with multiple variations and massive number of transactions. An ERP is generally designed to support a homogeneous process with business operating information.
Under the definition applied by the leading standard ANSI/ISA-95, MES can be seen as the translation layer between business planning & logistics and operation & process control.