Tag: MES

02 Mar 2017
Diames MRP system

The Benefits of Integrating MES and ERP

Manufacturing execution systems and enterprise resource planning applications have been helping manufacturers be more efficient for decades. However, each of the two systems has its own pitfalls, which are easily covered by their counterpart. This has experts wondering what would happen if MES were combined with ERP, or even an MRP system. Integrating all of the necessary features and functions of both systems could create the best manufacturing processes we’ve seen yet. Here are some of the potential benefits of this integration.

Supply Chain Management

Having enough materials incoming to make products is obviously a critical need for manufacturers. Managing the supply chain can be difficult if you don’t have enough details about how the manufacturing process is operating at any given moment.

The integration of MES and ERP would be able to give managers a clear view of where a particular product stands in the process at all times. This would allow for better forecasting, distribution, production and better overall business decisions. The integration would prevent late arrivals for materials, which would have a trickle down effect to customers and overall business success.

Resource Management

Managing all resources in a manufacturing plant is vital to becoming more efficient. The resources range from actual materials to machines and even the people working the machines. No matter if your company is using MES, ERP or MRP, keeping track of resources is the only way to maintain efficiency.

The integration of MES and ERP would help plant managers analyze flaws anywhere in the process and improve workflow at any given location. You would have the ability to view historical data, current data and future projections in order to manage resources more accurately. The management of resources will help streamline the manufacturing process, which will benefit business at every stage.

Overall Business Efficiency

The overall goal of every manufacturing company is to create an efficient machine. Whether that means integrating processes or systems, improved scheduling or anything else, efficiency means more profits. Integrating MES and ERP will give managers complete control over the entire manufacturing process, so they can focus on smaller areas to recognize and fix bottlenecks and enhance workflow. Without this integration, some flaws could be overlooked, simply because managers don’t have the proper resources to identify the issues.

MES and ERP systems have generally stood alone over the years because they perform different functions. However, they are different enough to be able to create a nearly perfect system if integrated. For more ideas on how this is possible and whether it will ever occur in the future, feel free to contact us.

09 Feb 2017
Diames MES consulting

The Advantages of Implementing a Comprehensive MES

It’s nearly impossible to have a proactive production management improvement approach without a comprehensive MES implementation. A comprehensive MES will give production managers a broader overview of the manufacturing environment, so it’s easier to identify what’s working and what’s lacking. This is different from the watch-and-see approach, because not everything can be viewed at once and it’s difficult to measure productivity in the long-term.

With the real-time results generated by manufacturing execution systems, companies can get a better overview of key performance indicators instantly. Here are some of the other reasons why manufacturing plants are turning to comprehensive MES implementation.

Connects The Entire Process

Many companies make the mistake of taking a narrow approach to viewing different operations. For example, they will look specifically at the workflow of a certain part of the process, but not look as closely at other issues. These issues could range from a general overview of equipment maintenance, supply and demand or the overall quality of the product.

Comprehensive MES implementation connects all processes, from the planning, engineering and scheduling to the entire production process. It’s essentially the only way to be able to view the full picture of production in order to be proactive and get ahead of any potential issues to prevent downtime.

Greater Inventory Turns

Companies who have adopted MES have seen greater inventory turns than those who haven’t. The last thing any production manager wants to deal with is not having enough inventory to meet order demands. Manufacturing execution systems can help prevent a shortage.

Comprehensive MES to Fit Individual Companies

Some companies go through MES consulting to determine what system is right for them. Most companies will at least implement applications for planning and scheduling, inventory control and overall quality management at the production plant. However, since every company operates differently, the comprehensive MES can be tailored to best fit your needs.

When an MES is completely implemented, companies have proven to be more effective and efficient on the production line. This includes providing higher quality products in a shorter amount of time and at a lower cost. All of these factors turn into higher profits, better systems with lower maintenance costs and happier clients overall. For more information on MES consulting and to learn about what manufacturing execution system would be right for your company, be sure to contact us.