MES application consists of different functional modules that are tailored to your needs. These needs (or requirements) should be defined before the MES is implemented and stem from the Production ICT strategy (read more about the importance of this strategy here).
If you do not work from a solid implementation plan, there is a chance that you will immediately start using all the functionalities that the chosen MES contains. This makes the implementation very comprehensive. The chances of the implementation being completed within the stipulated period are then small.
Important functionalities in Manufacturing Execution Systems are:
- Handling production orders
- Detailed planning of the orders across the different lines
- Management of recipes, process settings and work instructions
- Controlling processes, lines and machines
- Registering consumption, process and quality parameters
- Controlling sampling, analysis (in and on the line) and adjusting the process
- Comprehensive batch reporting
- Detailed Tracking & Tracing
- Static Process Control (SPC)
- Overall Equipment Effectiveness (OEE)
- Managing (interim) stocks
- Using scanners
- Control label and inkjet printers
- Use of mobile devices, such as tablets
- Reporting, trend analysis, data mining
Of course, the functionalities vary from one MES supplier to another
Each MES supplier has developed its own application containing various functionalities. It is very different for each software package which functionalities are standard and which require customisation. For this reason, we recommend always taking control during the MES selection process and preparing a solid requirements document. On this page you can read more about our software selection approach.
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