Manufacturing Execution System (MES)


What is a Manufacturing Execution System (MES)?

A Manufacturing Execution System (MES) system can provide the right information at the right time to show the manufacturer how the current conditions on the plant floor can be optimized to improve production output.

MES systems work in real-time to enable the control of multiple machines in the production process.  They should be the highest priority project as it is more important than a capital equipment acquisition.  An MES solution creates the ideal conditions for high-quality and efficient manufacturing, increased reliability, and full global product traceability.  MES systems are one of the best strategic drivers to obtain a competitive advantage in the manufacturing landscape as it improves profitability, reduces waste, and ensures compliance with regulations.  You can improve your product quality while driving down costs at the same time with MES software.

Why Buy an MES Justification?

1) High Priority

  • An MES system should be the highest priority project
  • Obtains competitive advantage – improves profitability, reduces waste, ensures complaince with regulations
  • Increased ROI

2) Plant wide efficiency greater than 10%

  • Plant wide efficiency improvements greater than 10% are normal
  • The increase of utilization and OEE of current assets is directly correlated to increasing profits
  • Increase the capacity of plant (find the hidden factory) and save on labor and outsourcing
  • Visibility of production gives valuable information about your business
    • If you can measure it, you can manage it.
  • The most productive shops in 2012, according to Modern Machine Shop, used MES and were 12.6% more efficient than shops who did not have an MES system in place
  • Memex customers have seen 10%-50% improvements and directly correlate their success to MES.

3) Profitability is exponentially improved and sustained every year

  • “A 10% improvement in OEE (capacity utilization) will increase IFO 22%-60%” (Overall Equipment Effectiveness: A Powerful Production/Maintenance Tool for Increased Profits, Robert C. Hansen, Pgs 47-56).

4) ROI, typically of 100%, in the first 12 months based on profit

  • Payback typically in the 3-5 months range
  • Full justification tools are available to address:
    • Utilization
    • Availability
    • Quality
    • Performance
    • Operator productivity
    • Reduction in downtime
    • Lean and corrective actions
    • Root cause analysis
    • Production status in real-time
    • Order to delivery
    • Accurate actionable data, vertically and horizontally, from shop floor to top floor.

5) MES > Lost profits

  • Every day a company waits to implement an MES system, is a day of lost profits that cannot be recovered
  • Automation tools and technology have advanced as such to make MES implementations affordable and scalable
  • Companies now use information systems and readily adapt to these tools for easy deployment on the shop floor
  • Everybody wins with increased profits
    • Customers Win with lower costs
    • Employees Win with sustained operations

 Now is the time to implement an MES system in your plant!

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