Managing Extreme Vertical Integration with a Single MES

Modeling and integrating MES with other systems is challenging enough when your factory manufactures one type of product with similar flows. But what if your MES implementation includes a variety of manufacturing modes, product types, volumes, and varying degrees of automation? What if your industry is regulated? What if your task is to implement all this variety in a single MES instance? Ultradent is currently implementing MES, beginning with Electronic Batch Record across a variety of production lines in their Utah manufacturing location.

Watch this webinar to hear Craig Pinegar discuss the challenges of selecting and implementing MES in an extremely vertically-integrated MedTech environment, including:

  • Selecting a commercial MES
  • Goals, scoping, and success metrics of MES implementation
  • Big Bang vs. phased implementation
  • Selecting suitable project methodologies
  • Pros and cons of “Paper on Glass”
  • Security and availability concerns of paperless manufacturing
  • Integrating MES with PLM, ERP, and more
  • Automation vs. manual processes
  • How to bootstrap and develop an MES team
  • How to scale from your pilot lines to your entire plant
  • How Lean and MES support each other
  • How to approach software validation with MES


Craig Pinegar
Director of Manufacturing IT at Ultradent Products Inc.

Craig works at Ultradent Products Inc. and is responsible for manufacturing IT vision, strategy and architecture. He has 29 years of experience selecting, implementing, supporting and extending manufacturing and supply chain applications with small and large companies in a variety of industries.

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