Manufacturing Execution Systems (MES) are software platforms that help manufacturers optimize and monitor production processes. These systems collect data from shop-floor machines and sensors, schedule resources and tasks, manage workflows, and analyze performance. In this blog post, we will discuss the core functions of an MES.
Core Functions of an MES System
An MES is the comprehensive system that controls all the activities occurring on the shop floor. It begins with all the various orders from customers, the MRP system, the master schedule, and other planning sources; and then builds the products in the most effective, low cost, expedient, and high-quality way possible.
Here is a more thorough explanation of each core function:
Data collection and acquisition: MES systems collect data from shop-floor machines and sensors. This data is then used to schedule resources and tasks, manage workflows, and analyze performance.
Scheduling: MES systems schedule production tasks based on the data collected from shop-floor machines and sensors. The goal of scheduling is to optimize production processes through specific scheduling so that they are more efficient.
Staff and resource management: An MES helps you manage production staff and resources. The goal of this function is to ensure that production processes are carried out in a safe, efficient, and effective manner.
Process management: They also aid in managing production processes. The goal of this function is to optimize production processes so that they are efficient and effective.
Maintenance management: This system will help manufacturers more easily and accurately plan preventative machine maintenance to reduce downtime and production interruptions.
Performance analysis: MES systems analyze performance data to identify areas of improvement. The goal of this function is to improve the efficiency and effectiveness of production processes.
Document management: These systems manage production documents. The goal of this function is to ensure that production documents are accurate and up-to-date.
Quality management: An MES manages the quality of your produced units—including quality deviations and exceptions. MES allows you to open tickets and track resolutions to quality issues.This function can be integrated directly into the software or can use external software.
Labor management: With these systems, you can easily manage your people, products, and/or operations and track any skills or authorizations they require. This ensures that you always have the right people in place at each step of the production process.
These functions mentioned above are just some of the capabilities that an MES can provide. If you would like to learn more about how an MES system can specifically benefit your manufacturing business, professionals at VersaCall can help.
There are many benefits of an MES system. Some of these benefits include the following:
- Reduces manufacturing cycle time
- Reduces or eliminates data entry time
- Reduces work-in-process
- More reliable and precise sequence planning
- Improves product quality
- Reduces or eliminates paperwork between shifts
- Reduces lead times
- Improves customer service
- Reduces setup costs, wait times
- Eliminates lost paperwork
- Empowers plant operations people
- Improves the planning process
An MES automation system can deliver significant improvements in bottom line profitability, on time delivery, and better quality products.
Learn More About MES
If you would like to learn more about Manufacturing Execution Systems and how they can benefit your manufacturing business, please reach out to our professionals at VersaCall. We would be happy to answer any of your questions.