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7 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”.

Shopfloor-OnlineTM is a modular enterprise-level MES system to support digital transformation and enable the Smart Factory.

What are the benefits of MES?

MES software delivers complete, accurate and accessible data enabling manufacturers to address the relentless drive for cost reduction and efficiency gains in today's manufacturing environment.

1. Increase visibility across the manufacturing network

Paper, spreadsheets, standalone databases, measuring systems and SCADA systems are no longer able to provide the data required to drive today’s manufacturing enterprise.

MES software replaces these fragmented systems to seamlessly connect the top floor and the shop floor, creating an unbroken thread of critical data across all manufacturing operations.

MES software delivers:

  • Critical analysis in real-time, such as performance and quality indicators, displayed in a highly visual graphic format that mimics the process
  • Operator empowerment with the tools to react faster when issues arise
  • Benchmarking of machines, production lines, production runs, plants and drive improvement

2. Reduce operational costs

MES enables increased control on all production inputs.

  • Direct labour costs: the MES monitors the machines and progress of jobs and alerts operatives when needed, so operator time is released for other tasks, saving direct labour costs
  • 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: constant automated monitoring of energy usage by all plant equipment will quickly help identify faults and drive optimisation of equipment utilisation

3. Drive efficiencies

MES supports performance improvement plans.

  • Throughput and asset utilisation: with accurate downtime data - when, where and for how long - improving machine / line / plant performance
  • Change-overs: MES alerts key personnel when a job is nearly completed; with the scheduling functionality the MES software supports better planning as well as reaction to unplanned events such as material shortage or equipment breakdown
  • Cycle-time: the MES software tracks OEE (overall equipment effectiveness), enabling operations personnel to focus on cycle-time improvement activities based on accurate information

4. Improve agility and flexibility

MES increases competitiveness through real-time visibility of manufacturing operations.

  • Fastest New Product Introduction (NPI)
  • Smoother integration of new processes, factories and personnel
  • Greater integration with the supply chain

See how Shopfloor-OnlineTM helped Nissan reduce NPI by over 50%.

5. Standardise operations and enforce best practice

MES software provides a foundation for benchmarking and improvement in the manufacturing industry.

  • Routings and workflows enforce the process and ensure control
  • Integration of the MES with machines and equipment removes the need for manual data collection, increasing accuracy and security
  • Dashboards show real-time performance of shifts, production lines and plants

Shopfloor-OnlineTM provides a solid foundation for all your operations and process standardisation, i.e. digital transformation.

6. Improve regulatory compliance

Quality Assurance and Control is often dealt with by departmental applications but it is best when it can be integrated within MES to improve:

  • Conformance
  • Responsiveness
  • Traceability
  • Compliance
  • Overall quality metrics

Shopfloor-OnlineTM provides a complete quality management software suite.

See how Shopfloor-OnlineTM facilitates traceability and quality compliance for electronic assembly manufacturer.

7. Leverage MES for the Digital Transformation of the manufacturing enterprise

If your organisation’s manufacturing sites are running multiple legacy applications, then consolidating them within a single well supported platform will bring many benefits:

  • Consolidate multiple legacy applications across manufacturing sites: simpler infrastructure will give you better control over manufacturing IT
  • Reduce direct costs: IT resources are no longer needed to maintain home-grown applications
  • Material cost: elimination of paper on the shop floor and physical storage space
  • Host the MES software in the corporate data center or in the cloud
  • Ensure business continuity with an out of the box MES application, built on standard technologies and supported worldwide

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