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9 Benefits of MES software


What is MES software?

Gartner defines Manufacturing Execution System (MES) software as a system “to manage, monitor and synchronise the execution of real-time, physical processes involved in transforming raw materials into intermediate and/or finished goods”.


In today's fast-paced manufacturing environment, organisations need complete, accurate, and accessible data to achieve cost-effective productivity and ensure responsiveness to market demand - which only MES can deliver.

Shopfloor-OnlineTM by Lighthouse Systems is an enterprise-level MES system that delivers the data, and the manufacturing intelligence that will enable your digital transformation.

What are the benefits of Shopfloor-Online MES?

  1. Standardise operations and enforce business process
  2. Replace fragmented systems
  3. Empower operators and teams with visual data in real-time
  4. Drive Continuous Improvement programmes
  5. Demonstrate regulatory compliance
  6. Maximise assets utilisation
  7. Reduce operational costs
  8. Improve agility and flexibility
  9. Leverage MES for your digital transformation

Shopfloor-Online MES/MOM


1. Standardise operations and enforce business process

MES software provides the framework for standardising, enforcing and controlling the process:

  • Routings and workflows enforce the process and ensure control
  • Health & Safety procedures are built into the MES software to ensure they are followed
  • Up to date documentation is available to operators at all times on the line
  • In multi-site organisations, MES guarantees everyone works in the same way across all plants

Business Case: Multi-site deployment

2. Replace fragmented systems

Creating an unbroken thread of critical data across all manufacturing operations, MES provides a unified view of the state of the factory, in real-time, from the top floor to the shop floor:

  • Paperless factory: integration of the MES with machines and equipment removes the need for manual data collection, increasing accuracy and security
  • Data is no longer duplicated in fragmented systems: MES software makes spreadsheets, standalone databases, and departmental solutions that do not communicate with each other, redundant
  • Across production, quality, maintenance and logistics, departments work together with a single source of data to make better decisions

3. Empower operators and teams with visual data in real-time

Shopfloor-Online operator dashboard MES promotes transparency, accountability, and reactivity:

  • User-friendly dashboards enable line operators to work efficiently and react faster when issues arise with, for example, work orders and process control data
  • Shift supervisors have a real-time view of the shift performance and problems with, for example, production count and downtime data
  • Plant managers are able to focus on driving plant performance more effectively, with real-time data at their fingertips around the clock


4. Drive Continuous Improvement programmes

MES supports your performance improvement plans:

  • Documentation of non-conformance
  • Recording, assignment, and follow-up of Corrective and Preventative Actions (CAPA)
  • Teams can identify root-causes using historical data in the MES
  • Measuring the impact of corrective actions becomes easy

Shopfloor-Online Quality Management

5. Demonstrate regulatory compliance

Quality Assurance and Control - often dealt with by departmental applications - can be integrated within MES to deliver significant added benefits:

  • Compliance to 21CFR11 for FDA is built-in
  • Certificates of Analysis for your customers, instantly available
  • Conformance to ISO 9001 for Quality and ISO 14001 for Environmental Impact
See how Shopfloor-Online facilitates traceability and quality compliance for a leading electronic assembly manufacturer

6. Maximise Assets Utilisation

shopfloor-online maintenance dashboard MES drives efficiencies:

  • Faster change-overs: alert key personnel when a job is nearly completed.
  • Improved cycle-time: accurately track OEE (overall equipment effectiveness), enabling operations personnel to focus on cycle-time improvement activities based on accurate information
  • Effective maintenance of assets: real-time data from the production and quality departments trigger alerts for preventative maintenance activities; IOT signals can be captured in the MES to enable predictive maintenance

Shopfloor-Online Maintenance Management

7. Reduce operational costs

MES enables increased control and cost-efficiency of all production inputs:

  • Direct labour costs: monitor the machines and progress of jobs and alerts operatives when needed, so operator time is released for other tasks
  • Indirect labour costs: operations data is automatically collected from the machines and equipment, improving accuracy and saving hours of operator time
  • Material costs: real-time process control optimises the quantity of material used to meet specifications; meanwhile, real-time production counting can prevent over-making
  • Energy costs: automated monitoring of energy usage of all plant equipment will quickly help identify faults and optimise energy consumption
  • IT costs: resources are no longer needed to maintain and support home-grown applications.

8. Improve agility and flexibility

MES increases competitiveness as it enables:

  • Fastest New Product Introduction (NPI)
  • Smoother integration of new processes, factories, and personnel
  • Operations to react fast and appropriately to unplanned events
  • Greater integration with the supply chain
See how Shopfloor-OnlineTM helped Nissan reduce NPI by over 50%

9. Leverage MES for your digital transformation

smart manufacturing vector image MES is the foundation of digital transformation in manufacturing. The benefits of using Shopfloor-Online MES include:

  • Industry 4.0 smart manufacturing: the MES enables automated data capture from all machines, production lines, and ancillary equipment, furthermore it communicates with the ERP to provide a real-time view of the state of the factory, with visual controls and user-friendly role-based interfaces
  • Ease of deployment: an out-of-the-box full HTML5 MES application, built on standard technologies with trusted worldwide support by Lighthouse Systems and our network of partner-integrators.
  • Hosting options: deploy Shopfloor-Online MES on-site, in your corporate data center or in the cloud
  • A modular MES: Shopfloor-Online delivers rich functionality across all areas of manufacturing production, quality, warehouse & logistics operations and maintenance

A world-leading enterprise-level MES, Shopfloor-Online offers a flexible approach to your digital transformation, at the pace that suits the objectives and budget of your organisation.


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