Lighthouse MES downloads production orders from ERP for scheduling, marshalling materials, production execution plus labelling, packing and finally confirming back to ERP. The MES software simultaneously monitors and analyses downtime, counts production and waste, tracks labour and calculates OEE in real time.
Plan production orders, determine start and end dates and assess capacity and ability to meet deadlines. Communicate the plan to production with real-time feedback as production executes.
Production tracking for batch and discrete manufacturing orders. Track production order progress through the factory for each manufacturing operation or for each batch process.
Machine downtime is recorded by direct connection to the PLCs controlling production processes (or manually where such connections are not possible); downtime analysis and reporting then identifies opportunities for improvement.
Record production quantities either manually at the end of the production run, or in real-time, by picking up counts from the production lines and equipment. Calculate KPIs such as production efficiency and actual cycle times.
Record production waste & scrap manually or automatically. Analyse waste with real-time data capture to help reduce losses.
Collect and analyse production performance data in the software module that calculates OEE for each production process. Improve production efficiency and accountability.
Improve communications across all groups within manufacturing, e.g. hand-over between crews on shift change, team and management reporting, operators back to planning. Improve traceability.
Track where labour hours have been spent. Define target manpower on the product routing. Control costs. Improve exception management. Support traceability.
Model the execution of the manufacturing process in the MES. Identify all the steps that should be followed, capture the progress of the job as it executes and keep a detailed record of the production process.