While many of the basic functions of each manufacturing system are similar, the choice of system and system vendor typically comes down to customizability, and a reputable vendor is one to know which system will fit best for your processes.
Many project managers have found that using the guiding hand of field experts helps lead to manufacturing solution success, and that the best results come from applying a mixture of manufacturing field solutions with customer service and well communicated field expertise. Good vendors supply:
- Customizable options, inherently designed to support various inputs
- Large, broad tracking systems
- An extensible MES system
Experienced Vendors Will Give You Options
A good vendor knows that the overwhelming majority of manufacturing companies do not use the same systems. In fact, while this field can be regulated and a lot of emphasis is put on finding the “correct” manufacturing system (or ERP), there is no market monopoly by any specific system or system vendor.
Manufacturing solutions typically have many avenues. This mostly leaves open space for selecting a manufacturing solution from a vendor that provides multiple system options and will guide you through a selection process.
Tracking Is the Most Important Facet of a System
Data collection that can predict trends, keep records, and essentially index the inputs and outputs of a manufacturing company is not to be glossed over, as those are the key indicators for what steps you need to take to improve productivity.
All manufacturing businesses require data tracking that covers inputs and outputs, and while not all businesses require more than standard allocation, cash, resource, production, or order data tracking, having those tracking options and more tend to be a good way to provide an avenue for growth in the future.
A competent vendor will know that systems need various tracking methodologies and features to balance and improve the system features, as well as a system that is clear and easy to interpret.
The Best MES Systems
A good MES system will have workflow mapping features, revision control features, and finance tracking. Not all are necessary at once, but having a few of these features in an in-built system that is regulated and provided from a reputable source can pay for itself. This means it’s essential to find the right manufacturing vendor who can help you explore what’s essential for your operation, and why.