4 Objectives Of An MES (Manufacturing Execution System)

Manufacturing operations have always been complex and costly. As products become more intricate and complicated, the tools needed to control the many aspects of the operation become essential. Manufacturing Execution System (MES) applications are designed to do just that by coordinating the planning, monitoring and execution of every part of the operation from order release to shipping.

Fundamentally, Manufacturing Execution Systems have 4 top levelgoals: Improve Quality, Increase Productivity, Manage Compliance and Generate Flexibility in the operation. Effectively implementing an MES will drive increasing value to each of these goals and generate ROI and increased competitiveness.

Let's take a deeper dive into each of the 4 goals so that we better understand how an MES creates value:

1. Quality

  • Yield
    • Access to machine and process data allow Engineers to better understand operational limitations and process behavior.
    • Digital work instructions embedded in MES tools will reduce manual errors and automate many other manual activities.
    • All this data and control will also better contain process exceptions
  • Performance
    • Real-time machine data allows engineers to more deeply incorporate accurate benchmarking
    • Statistical Process Control implementation promotes better process performance through improvements in process stability
  • Customer returns
    • Incorporating and streamlining returns, servicing and disposition
    • SPC or other monitoring can tell Engineers a lot about upstream processes
  • Delivery
    • Control and management of shipping and receiving functions
    • Real-time shipment status, visibility and availability

2. Productivity

  • Volume Increased
  • WIP reduced
  • Cycle Time reduced
  • Cost reduced
    • Increased automation
    • Production scheduling, visibility
    • Machine status and alarms
    • OEE - Overall Equipment Effectiveness
    • Paperless, more efficient management and documentation
    • Real-time cost analysis including simulation capabilities

Also read our use case about MES here:

3. Compliance

  • Business process
    • Transitioning to digital systems promote more accurate and more rapid management
    • Improved ability to maintain regulatory compliance - (ISO, FDA)
  • Track and trace
    • Immediate access to real-time data, version control, etc.

4. Flexibility

  • Business rules
    • The ability to quickly adjust course, implement improvements and communicate across the enterprise
  • Execution
    • Order management and prioritization
  • Personnel
    • Real-time personnel training produces lexible workforce
    • Visual work instructions delivered digitally to the shop floor

Also read our use case about Manufacturing Execution system: MES .

As you can see, integrating an effective MES can create positive outcomes that all contribute to the bottom line. These benefits may vary based on industry and process complexity, but really the improvements can generally be expected across any industry including Aerospace, Defense, Automotive, Food, Chemical, etc.

In fact, proper implementation of an MES will not stop at the MES. Vertically integrating the MES with an ERP (Enterprise Resource Planning) like SAP and even with shop floor solutions like VKS can create a streamlined solution that will allow your company to scale quickly.

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