The benefits of a Manufacturing Execution System (MES)!

The concept of a Manufacturing Execution System (MES) is often seen as an intermediate layer without much added value. However, the opposite is true! At a time when digitization and automation are at the center of attention, it is important to keep up with the latest developments in the market. One of these developments is the rise of MES as a critical system within the organization.

MES isn’t what it once was: it’s better. Over the years, endless modules and options have been made possible within the domain and MES as a concept has grown into an advanced industry solution.

In this blog we describe the advantages of a MES.

Advantages of an MES system

A MES has many advantages. Here we describe the most important benefits for your organization.

Monitor activities
An MES helps to monitor the various activities within the organization, with an emphasis on the production environment. This enables an organization to move decision-making from reactive to proactive by collecting relevant and real-time data.

Business Intelligence
Collecting data about your processes is good, but translating this data into insights is better. Terms such as Overall Equipment Effectiveness (OEE) and Key Performance Indicators (KPI) are no stranger to MES. With MES you always have clear and relevant insights available. This improves the management of processes and prevents errors.

Manage documents
Complex production processes usually involve an (even more complex) document flow. A MES helps manage these documents by providing one place where all knowledge is stored. That way, employees never have to search long for relevant information. This also minimizes production downtime.

Maintenance of machines
Because an MES is in most cases linked to machines on the shop floor, the performance of these machines can always be monitored. By anticipating deviations in performance, an MES can predict when a machine needs maintenance. This prevents downtime.

Quality management
The right product quality is of great importance for any organization. An MES helps to keep quality high through numerous (adjustable) quality tests that are requested at exactly the right time. That way, the organization and, more importantly, the customer will never be surprised by a bad product again.

time management
To guarantee the continuity of production processes, it is crucial that machines work properly. At least as important is your staff. A MES makes it possible to track time management of your people, so you always know which stations are manned, and collect this data for your finances.

Managing processes
Finally, an MES can be integrated with your production processes. In this way you are assured that machines always produce with the right parameters, the right orders are processed, the correct sequence of processes is maintained, and much more!

If the decision has been made to select an MES system. Read this blog in which we discuss some aspects that you should definitely include in your MES selection.