In the wake of globalization and rapid technological advancement, the world has witnessed massive changes, especially in the manufacturing sector. As a result of new technology trends, manufacturing companies are upgrading their systems to stay on top of the competition.
An effective manufacturing execution system (MES) is one of the modern tools manufacturing plants are adopting to help improve production efficiency. However, before implementing an MES in your company, you should ensure it comes with the following core features.
An effective manufacturing execution system must be capable of gathering information from pre-defined capacities for labor, hourly usage on machines, and work centers. This data is used to create detailed scheduling that works in a complex environment. Detailed scheduling also enables you to determine a general form of communication for the system, which can then be improved to achieve desired results.
Reliable and Efficient Communication
A reliable execution system must have a well-established connection between each stage of the production line. It should also have an excellent communication feature that enables manufacturers to interact easily and respond to each other in real-time.
With the MES, there should be a smooth transfer of data from one operation to another. That gives business leaders insight into work orders, the actual cost of each process, and an explicit jobs dispatch.
Real-time monitoring means that the execution system can be monitored and configured to prioritize more crucial functions. For example, the issue of non-conformance is critical to the manufacturing process. As such, the non-conformance feature must be available within an MES to reduce or eliminate non-conformance issues.
Non-Conformance communication makes it possible to identify a failing system and correct it before much damage occurs. This function reduces losses and lowers repair expenses. Idle systems are easy to detect, and a lag within the production line can be pinpointed with greater accuracy.
An MES reporting system works in three ways:
This feature employs data collected through real-time monitoring to determine more profitable paths for the production line. Depending on workflow in the production line and availability of work centers, commands to prioritize more profitable operations become easy to execute. Autonomous systems can use this feature to run based on previously acquired data.
Support and Assistance
Sometimes a glitch within the workflow is difficult to identify. An efficient manufacturing execution system notes the need for support and provides a method for obtaining the needed assistance rapidly. With a click of a button, a message is sent to the relevant response teams. This feature acts both as a security feature and a tool to avoid extensive loss from system failure.
Failure and Nonconformance
Some systems within the production line might be running way below capacity. An advanced execution system reduces or eliminates waste units. This feature authenticates the functionality of the process and its product to ensure quality. It can locate production points that disrupt quality.
Implementing an effective manufacturing execution system helps take your company operations to the next level. An MES allows your manufacturing plant to produce quality products while realizing cost savings.