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Top 9 Benefits of an MES Software


What is MES software?

Manufacturing Execution System (MES) software is 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.” Gartner


How Can an MES Benefit Your Business?

Today's fast-paced manufacturing environment demands complete, accurate and accessible data from the shop floor. An MES application will provide effective monitoring and synchronisation throughout the factory to achieve high productivity and ensure responsiveness to market demand.

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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.

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What are the benefits of Shopfloor-OnlineTM MES?

Shopfloor-OnlineTM is an enterprise-level MES application that delivers first class manufacturing intelligence to enable your digital transformation.

1. Real-time visibility with user-friendly dashboards

Visual MES data in real-time empowers operators and teams, promoting transparency, accountability and reactivity:

Screen shot - Shopfloor-online MES operator dashboard

  • 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


2. Support Continuous Improvement

MES supports your Continuous 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
See how Shopfloor-Online facilitates traceability and quality compliance for a leading electronic assembly manufacturer

3. Ensure 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

4. 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-Online helped Nissan reduce NPI by over 50%.

5. Standardise operations and enforce best practice

Shopfloor-Online MES provides a framework to control business process, for single and multi-site manufacturers, by standardising workflows and procedures:

  • 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.

6. Maximise use of assets

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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-OnlineTM 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. Replace fragmented systems

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

  • 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

9. Enable digital transformation

MES is the foundation of digital transformation in manufacturing. Shopfloor-Online MES provides a flexible framework to leverage new technology for your needs to include:

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  • 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 centre 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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