What MES means to you

What MES means to you

The economy depends on the movement of things. Resources change into products. Trucks move them to customers. And, hundreds of transactions happen from developer to user.

Every transaction completes an exchange, some this for that, and each act of exchange involves cost. To succeed, manufacturing must track, document, and cost analyze every move. That’s the job of Manufacturing Execution Systems (MES).

What MES means to you

Maximum Control

Manufacturing leadership wants control of everything going on. They’ll never have the control they want. After all, all kinds of variables can affect processes and outcomes. And, unpredictable humans are involved.

Work is process and performance. Some of it is automated. Some of it is teamwork. Some of it is simply beyond control.

But, manufacturers need control of what they can control: facilities, equipment, data, material, inventory, and more. Anything that can be counted, sorted, and measured can be digitized. And, MES software serves to maximize the control possible.

Improve Productivity

More than other industries, manufacturing is obsessed with productivity. Productivity is manufacturing’s job. In a paper published by the University of Southern California, Johannes Cottyn and colleagues wrote, “In a continuous struggle to remain competitive, manufacturing companies try to boost performance, improve quality and cut costs.”

To succeed, it must do more. Its productivity must pursue quality and efficiency. And, to maximize these principles need to know what’s going on – front door to delivery dock.

MES management does the paperwork, checks the processing, transmits the info across interested functions, and reports on resources and outcomes. The best MES does this and more.

Managing the New Manufacturing

Manufacturing once belonged to the cottage industry tradition. It was fundamentally piecework, and when it grew, the process broke into segments. Speed became the major metric.

Modern manufacturing is much more complex with challenges all along the way. Any given step in the process pulls together the interests of engineering, marketing, logistics, training, inspection, and other organization functions.

Manufacturing Execution Systems

MES can bring mastery to this complexity. It brings management control, just-in-time inventory strategies, quality compliance, and time-to-market analytics.

And, it replaces manual record keeping and human error with accurate metrics and process visibility.

Managing Future Manufacturing

Manufacturing has taken the lead on participative work. By empowering workers to stop and revise processes in the interest of better outcomes, management has improved quality and customer retention.

MES serves collaborative interests with graphics and illustrations to demonstrate the work as it happens and the direction it is taking. It takes the guesswork and subjectivity out of useful metrics.

According to Shaun Black, Global Vice President of Marketing at Aegis, recommends MES software that includes “materials receiving and labeling; incoming quality control; material kitting and dispatch; material position tracking; MSD handling and bake management; resource scheduling; material reservation; shop floor material handling and traceability; part replenishment and reorder.”

The idea is to save time and eliminate the confusion that can reign over a lean New Product Introduction (NPI) process. MES will guide user groups across the evolution from CAD engineering through Bill of Materials, integrated information all parties need to know.

But, all this happens within a dynamic and volatile environment of discrete manufacturing, scheduling, warehousing, shipping & handling, and deployment.

MES is the watchdog.

Outcomes are the proof of process, and money saved drives organizational performance. Paperless, simple, logistic, analytic, and integrated, MES watches all the metrics modern manufacturing respects.

Analytics, reports, and metrics display in engaging dashboards that motivate and educate workers. Metrics show the needs to continue or correct, and they drive employee performance with self-evident and real-time advice.

Its manufacturing intelligence is built-in, so the learning curve is short. But, this also leaves managers more time to do more constructive work and develop their own skills. As it does so, MES revises talent needs and changes recruiting targets.

In these and all business operations, MES changes manufacturing for the better. As Andrew Waycott wrote for Manufacturing.net, “Increasingly, those who don’t use Manufacturing Execution Systems (MES) to drive down variability and costs will be left by the wayside.”

Author’s Bio

Michael F. Carroll

Title: Freelance writer atOutreachMama

Mike is a freelance contributor toOutreachMama andYouth Noise NJ who helps businesses find their audience online through research, content copy, and whitepapers. He frequently writes about management, marketing, and sales with customized outreach for digital marketing channels and outreach plans depending on the industry and competition. You can contact him athttps://outreachmama.slack.com/messages/@mfcwriter orTwitter.

 

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