Most manufacturers use a Product Lifecycle Management (PLM) for product design and development; and an Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) system for the high-level management of the company. It’s also common organizations have in place other type of manufacturing relevant applications in place, such as document management and training systems. The Enterprise Integration module provides a robust, bi-directional asynchronous communication mechanism based on a message queued and a queue processor.
MES provides bi-directional integration to enterprise applications to support both rapid tactical shifts and strategic business goals. Benefits include:
The link between an ERP system and a MES has been well established and their integration is now common place and more valuable than ever. Both are critical to manufacturing processes, however, there is still confusion in deciding which processes should be supervised by MES vs. ERP.
MES is the best solution to handle complex production processes with multiple variations and a massive number of transactions. An ERP is generally designed to support a homogeneous process with business operating information.
Communication between MES and other applications like PLM can prove to be essential for perfect interoperability of the system infrastructure. It allows for continuous response to shifting demands by distributing the latest product designs and assembly methods to a more connected, efficient, and effective production value chain.
There are direct connections from PLM to the shop floor, i.e. with work instructions, routing information, etc., and vice versa from the shop floor to PLM with non-conformance results.
The direct link between PLM and MES has the potential to deliver agility through shop floor execution excellence.