An MES (Manufacturing Execution System) is an automated tracking and monitoring program used by factories to track the processing of materials into finished goods. The aim of an MES system is to make sure that the operations of a manufacturing process are executed effectively to improve output.
To achieve this, an MES tracks and gathers accurate real-time data on the progress and completion of a product. An effective MES system begins with all orders made by your clients, then considers your master schedule, an MRP system, and other scheduling sources.
The system then molds your production process using the most cost-effective, convenient, and high-quality solution. The result is comprehensive control, visibility, and optimization of the production process unique to your business.
The Primary Functions of Manufacturing Execution Systems
The acceleration of innovation brings more rapid changes to the manufacturing process, putting more pressure on day-to-day operations while increasing product quality levels. Even with optimization of business initiatives and strategies, all growing businesses must make rapid and informed decisions in a fast-changing operating environment.
The ISA-95 was published in 1995 by the ANSI (American National Standards Institute) to provide guidelines, standard terminologies, and abstract models for the exchange of information between manufacturing operations systems and enterprise business systems in an enterprise.
The most current core functions of Manufacturing Execution systems include:
- Data Collection
- Data Acquisition
- Process Management
- Staff and Resource Management
- Document Management
- Performance Analysis
How Can VersaCall Systems Work for My Firm?
We all want an MES system that is easy-to-use and can help deliver an exceptionally significant productivity gain. VersaCall is one such system. The straightforward VT3000 system serves as a software-only product that relies on your existing IT infrastructure or as an autonomous system boasting its own mesh network and hardware.
Below are a few ways VersaCall Systems can work for your manufacturing business.
Enabling Real-Time Visuals On Your Dashboard
With green, yellow, and red color coding, it is easy to view and use the Andon systems dashboard display of each machine and workstation. The real-time visuals on your Andon dashboard enable you to consider which devices or workstations are waiting on support and how long they have been waiting.
You will also be able to access your production KPIs, including progress towards goals, cycle time, scrap rate, etc. You will also automatically receive alerts once a KPI surpasses a set threshold. With efficient and timely notifications, allowing you to make educated decisions quickly.
Enabling Operators to Call for Support
Operators will need the help of your support team from time to time. The Andon system allows your operator to easily click on a button or screen at the workstation, which delivers an email, text, walkie-talkie, or pager to the relevant personnel.
The message could be intended to summon maintenance or a supervisor to perform operations that facilitate production, branding, marketing, etc. Moreover, the response time and the resolution time are automatically measured and recorded, enabling you to take corrective action to make your services faster and more efficient.
Connectivity to Other Factory Systems
The VT3000 can pull critical processing data from ERP systems and share the data as well as analytics on the data with MES, ERP, etc. to enable an all-inclusive approach to your factory’s processes. As the smart manufacturing system takes hold in our manufacturing sectors, this inter-factory connectivity becomes more effective and vital.
The VT3000 system is scalable and flexible, allowing you to start with the basic capabilities and expand into the interconnectivity of workstations and automated machines. VersaCall also enables you to customize your work for more effectiveness in each factory with unique goals, needs, machines, and environments.