Which MES systems are there?

Large diversity

There are a large number of suppliers of MES-Systems ( Manufacturing Execution System ). They differ in field of application, functional wealth, size, (growth) possibilities and price. The best solution will have to be reconsidered for every situation and for every company.

Widely applicable or specific to a certain industry

Certain suppliers provide software that can be widely used within the food industry. Others focus on specific sectors, for example the meat processing industry. We often see that these suppliers also supply process equipment for that industry.

For a specific part of the process

For example, there are MES applications that only focus on packaging lines. Or on a specific aspect of a packaging line, such as OEE.

Focused on a specific functional area

Certain MES applications focus on registering and tracking the flow of goods, while other MES applications focus more on quality assurance and registration.

Generic MES packages

These are Manufacturing Execution Systems that can be widely used in various industries, for example discrete production, process industry, semi-conductor or automotive. Certain System Integrators have developed a solution specifically for the food industry based on a generic package.

Specifically developed for the food industry

A number of suppliers have developed a Manufacturing Execution System specifically tailored to the needs of the food industry. These packages offer rich functionality and often cover the entire production process, from receipt to delivery.

Developed from the controls

There are also System Integrators who have been active in industrial automation (PLC and SCADA) for many years and who over time have built a number of custom solutions for their customers and reuse these solutions at other customers.

Manufacturing Execution Systems

In the table below we have added an overview of all MES packages that are currently available. The top part of the table mainly contains MES packages that are widely used in the Benelux.

The MES systems by supplier

Name of supplierName of the MES packageIndustryReferences
MPDVMES Hydra XFood, Pharma, Machine building, etcTimmerije, Rena Casting, JAEGER Group, Grohe AG, Melitta, Duni, Playmobil en Phoenix-Contact
GE Intelligent PlatformsProficy MES
RBK GroupFOBIS MESFoodAdri & Zoon, ENKCO, Royal Smilde, Zwanenberg, Maasland
ObjectiveObjective MESMilling, Pharma & Medical, Fruit & vegetables, Dairy, Plastics & Rubber, Sweets & Bakery, Chemical industry, Beverages, Animal nutrition, Metal Processing, Machine Construction, Wood & Furniture, Electro & Electrical Equipment, Automotive (spare) partsMilcobel, Vreugdenhil Dairy Foods, Euroma, Duivelaar pompen, La Lorraine Bakery Group, De Paauw Brood & Banket
SiemensSIMATIC IT MES, Siemens MESFood & Beverage, CPG & Retail, Automotive, Machinery, Electronics, Semiconductors, Aero & Defense, Medical Devices, Pharma & Cosmetics, Chemicals, Energy
OnproveThe DPS-systeemFood & BeveragesJohma, Marne, Market Food Group, Cérélia
BrighteyeMomentum MOMFood & Beverages, Batch production, Discrete productionUnilever, Mydibel, Farm Frites, Verstegen, Poco Loco, Kim’s Chocolates, Ardo, Mulder, Teijin, Haaht, McCaim, Agristo, Puffin, Savencia Fromage & Dairy, Olom, Westmalle Trappist
HellebrekersVisual Link Software MESFood
Aveva (Voorheen Wonderware) AVEVA MESFood, Building Materials
Rockwell AutomationFactoryTalkFood, Pharma, Machine building, Building equipement
Act-inAct-in MES
Flexware InnovationFlexware Innovation MESFood
EQUANSEQUANS MESFood, Pharma, Sustainable Energy, Commercial Real Estate
Inductive AutomationSepasoft MES Modules for IgnitionFood, Electronic Solutions
iTAC SoftwareiTAC.MES.Suite
VKS LiteVKS LiteEverything
UltimoUltimo’s Maintenance Management softwareManufacturing, Healthcare, Government & Infra, Logistics, Utilities
BlueStreakBluestreak’s MES
LighthouseShopfloor-Online MESEverything
ProgmaticIPS: Integrated Production System
KatanaKatana MES
MapexMapex MES
Qualitas InformaticaNET@PRO
Aegis Industrial Software CorporationFactoryLogix
PlexPlex MES Everything
Critical ManufacturingCritical Manufacturing MESElectronic, Farma
SAPSAP Manufacturing Execution
CreonisCSD MESFood & Beverages, Pharma, CosmeticaAB-InBev, Palm, MSD
Rockwell AutomationFactoryTalk® PharmaSuite Life Sciences
Körber PharmaWerum PAS-X MESPharma, Biotech

System Integrators of MES systems

Listed below are a number of System Integrators that provide MES solutions for the food industry:

  • AT Automation
  • act-in
  • Agidens
  • ATS
  • AuteQ
  • Actemium
  • CGIA
  • Engie Services
  • dimensys
  • EKB
  • Hellebrekers
  • ICT Automation
  • Inteqnion
  • Pro-Fa Automation BV
  • Proleit
  • Van Doren Engineering
  • VMA
  • Yitch

Are you missing a MES package or system integrator in the above list? Send us an e-mail! We believe it is important to keep the list complete and up to date.