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.
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.
Machine downtime is recorded automatically 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.
Track each order as it progresses through the factory. In the discrete world, this means production tracking at each operation in the routing whereas in the batch world, the software tracks each batch.