Critical Insights Blog
Covering Industry 4.0, IIoT, Manufacturing, Quality, Automation & much more. Blog posts by Critical Manufacturing or invited authors.
MES: When ERP is not enough - Part II
August 07, 2013
The integration of the two systems has the potential of greatly benefiting the organization and acting as a comprehensive enterprise-wide automation and integration platform. Such a handshake adds greater value by making the entire operation more robust, fool-proof, secure and proactive.
What’s a Recipe Management System and what’s its purpose?
August 01, 2013
A RMS is a system which manages the entire set of production recipes, where it is specified how the production equipment should perform their operations. It encompasses and contains individual equipment recipes and that of any subsidiary/additional processes, within the actual production process.
The modularity test
July 30, 2013
Not long ago, the idea of a true modular MES system seemed far-fetched at best. How to confirm the true modularity of a given solution being proposed? Ask your vendor to pilot their SPC or Maintenance Management in stand-alone mode, and then integrated with another existing system.
MES: When ERP is not enough
July 23, 2013
ERP vs. MES. The argument generally revolves around the capability of an ERP to handle manufacturing activities and whether or not an MES is really a necessity. In this article, we visit both and try to gauge which application is more suited for the management of a manufacturing plant.
Is it time to go paperless?
July 10, 2013
Paper based systems hamper the ability to make real-time, informed and accurate decisions. When equipped with statistical tools, the MES becomes a vehicle for quality improvement efforts and allows for timely CAPA, preventive maintenance and higher process efficiency.
Lean manufacturing with MES
June 26, 2013
In a research study by Julie Fraser, “The MES Performance Advantage”, she found that manufacturing plants that used MES with lean achieved 367% higher gains, 45% greater unit cost reduction and 65% greater cycle time reductions. These statistics speak for themselves.
Implementing six-sigma: with or without an MES?
June 13, 2013
Research shows companies using MES and Six-Sigma increased their profitability by 151% as compared to 22% for those which used only Six-Sigma. Also the firms with the former combination achieved JIT and Lean more successfully than firms without MES.
Could supply chain traceability have reduced Shanghai GM’s recall?
June 10, 2013
It’s about time suppliers start mitigating the risk through the adoption of MEs systems. Instead of waiting till, eventually, the OEM’s impose centralized systems they have to comply to, they need to think about the long-term viability of their own business, given the high-risk they’re exposed to.
The importance of Document Management in MES
June 05, 2013
In an application like the MES, an integrated DMS becomes pivotal to the overall usefulness of the system. In such applications a DMS needs to be intelligent by design and be capable of grasping the context in which a particular document is being used
Can IT cope with empowered end-users?
May 21, 2013
User-empowerment will be the future of MES applications, where these will allow users to control their functionality and information flow. The challenge however lies the capability of providing this empowerment and still ensuring error control and accuracy.
MES as an Integration Platform
May 15, 2013
An MES must be able to replicate the process flow and ensure a precise execution of the process. It must be able to reduce the need for users to perform time consuming data entries and analysis of data collected, while ensuring real-time information and greater accuracy.
MES Usability: to infinity and beyond
May 07, 2013
MES need to facilitate the execution of a production process and contribute to improve the quality, productivity and efficiency of both the product and the process. Applications which are easier to use, configure and learn from will be able to contribute more to the productivity of an organization.
Is MES going mobile?
May 02, 2013
Modern IT applications are making process management and control more accessible to users, by providing apps that give users access to the MES systems on their mobile devices. Mobile apps are being developed to provide 24x7 connectivity, irrespective of their locations.
Evolvability - the capacity of a system for adaptive evolution
April 24, 2013
In software engineering area evolvability is the property of software to be easily updated to fulfill new requirements. An MES that is evolvable is scalable and will cost less to the organization in terms of money spent in operation, maintenance and upgrade.
MES: Different roles, different functions, the same system
April 17, 2013
A modern MES application must be able to accommodate users based on their functional areas and deliver maximum value for its users. This is possible if the system has been designed to deliver customized information using the same architecture.
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