The value of Manufacturing execution system (MES)

Manufacturing companies depends more than ever on optimizing the integration throughout the whole supply chain and on the shop floor.

A survey conducted by MESA and reported by Modern Materials Handling identifies the major benefits of MES:

  • 45% average reduction in manufacturing cycle times
  • 17% average reduction in work-in-process levels
  • 75% average reduction in data entry time
  • 32% average reduction in production lead time
  • 56% average reduction in shop floor paper work
  • 15% average reduction in finished goods defects

In the world of manufacturing, every company is unique. Each has specific equipment, processes, routines and demands, however, those who are successful share something in common – they have efficient production processes.

One integration platform

In many manufacturing sites the IT landscape is a mixture of duplicated functionality, gaps in functionality and many isolated add-on solutions as Excel sheets, paper systems and other “best-of-breed” solutions. All with the purpose of trying to connect the ERP level and shop floor level systems without a layer in between.

By introducing a Manufacturing Execution System (MES) layer between the ERP system and the shop floor level systems a predefined integration is achieved. This not only covers processes in the production but also influences the whole supply chain, distribution, quality assurance and maintenance.