Manufacturing Execution Systems (MES) are a specialised type of software solutions focused on managing and monitoring manufacturing operations, in which raw materials are transformed into semi-finished and/or finished goods.
In the ISA-95 model of plant operations, the MES system synchronises production by connecting the Level 2 (machines and equipment controlling operations) and Level 4, typically, the business information system (ERP), providing real-time view of the state of the factory.
Not only is a manufacturing execution system key to executing production efficiently, it is also considered an essential building-block of smart manufacturing and digital transformation.
Dispatching work orders and their specifications from the ERP to production
Supporting the execution of production orders from order release to finished goods
Enforcing the process steps to ensure goods are manufactured conforming to the plan and to meet quality requirements
Collecting data, automatically from equipment or through manual input, to drive operations, demonstrate compliance, measure efficiency etc.
Providing a data store to hold historical data (relational database, integration with a data historian)
Embedding quality management processes in production steps in regulated environment (non-conformance and CAPA management)
Enabling traceability & genealogy of parts or raw materials, labour and equipment to manage warranty services and product recall.
Providing integrated analytics and dashboards for monitoring and reporting of plant performance
Integrating with production equipment (Level 2), business systems i.e. ERP (Level 4) and PLM
Today's fast-paced manufacturing environment demands complete, accurate and accessible data from the shop floor. An MES system will provide effective monitoring and synchronisation throughout the factory to achieve high productivity and ensure responsiveness to market demand.
Lighthouse System's MES software was recognised with an "Honorable Mention" in the 2021 Gartner Magic Quadrant for Manufacturing Execution Systems report and named a "Customers’ Choice" in the 2020 Gartner Peer Insights ‘Voice of the Customer’ for MES.
Visual MES data in real-time empowers operators and teams, promoting transparency, accountability and reactivity:
MES supports your Continuous Improvement plans:
Quality Assurance and Control - often dealt with by departmental applications - can be integrated within MES systems to deliver significant added benefits:
Better processes, better integration of people and technologies as well as real-time data increase competitiveness.
Shopfloor-Online MES provides a framework to control business process, for single and multi-site manufacturers, by standardising workflows and procedures:
MES systems drive efficiencies:
An MES system enables increased control and cost-efficiency of all production inputs:
Create an unbroken thread of critical data across all manufacturing operations, from the shop floor to the top floor:
MES is the foundation of digital transformation in manufacturing. Shopfloor-Online MES system provides a flexible framework to leverage new technology for your needs to include:
A world-leading enterprise-level MES system, Shopfloor-Online offers a flexible approach to digital transformation, particularly suited to multi-national, multi-sites organisations.
Shopfloor-Online MES: Digital Transformation at the pace that suits your objectives and budget.