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Manufacturing Execution Systems (MES) Are the Key to the Smart Manufacturing Future

Consider updating your modern manufacturing execution system (MES) to join the digital, everything-is-connected world.If you’re looking to bring your factory into the future, the first thing you should consider is updating your modern manufacturing execution system (MES) to join the digital, everything-is-connected world. Doing that can reduce costs, increase efficiency, cut defects, improve output and add to a manufacturer’s bottom line.

The article “Manufacturing execution systems now key in digitized world” points out just how vital such systems are for moving companies towards what is called Manufacturing 4.0 or Smart Manufacturing.

Its author notes that MES has been around for quite some time, but it was mired in old technology. Plant networks that connect MES to equipment and controllers ran on Ethernet, which was effective in its time, but limited MES’s connectivity and capabilities. Notably, it was difficult to connect MES to the ERP systems that many enterprises use.

But because Ethernet technology is similar to Internet Protocol, it’s not difficult to connect MES systems to enterprise systems like ERP, and to the new generation of IoT devices used on factory floors. The article notes: “The formerly isolated world of plant-floor MES is now readily connectable to ERP and the Internet. Manufacturing execution systems are evolving to take advantage of increased visibility and the proliferation of smart, connected Internet of Things (IoT) devices to improve process control, provide early detection of changing conditions, monitor equipment for predictive and preventive maintenance, and more.”

MES are designed for scheduling and dispatching, quality management and data collection, and when they are updated to take advantage of the latest technologies like IoT, they’re far more effective than in the past, the article notes. For example, they can now gather and act on data in real time, which offers tremendous benefits. The article points out “If a transaction makes it into the system in a few hours or by the end of the shift, that's good enough for the general ledger, but not nearly good enough for plant-floor data and controls.”

MESA International, the pre-eminent MES association, notes that using modern MES systems can help “bring about a revolution in manufacturing business strategy, turning traditional factories from cost centers into profitable innovation centers.”

So if you’re looking to reap all the benefits of the digital manufacturing revolution, consider modernizing the way you connect MES to plant equipment and the greater enterprise.

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Amy Groden-Morrison
Amy Groden-Morrison

Amy Groden-Morrison has served more than 15 years in marketing communications leadership roles at companies such as TIBCO Software, RSA Security and Ziff-Davis. Most recently she was responsible for developing marketing programs that helped achieve 30%+ annual growth rate for analytics products at a $1Bil, NASDAQ-listed business integration Software Company. Her past accomplishments include establishing the first co-branded technology program with CNN, launching an events company on the NYSE, rebranding a NASDAQ-listed company amid a crisis, and positioning and marketing a Boston-area startup for successful acquisition. Amy currently serves as a Healthbox Accelerator Program Mentor, Marketing Committee Lead for the MIT Enterprise Forum of Cambridge Launch Smart Clinics, and on the organizing team for Boston TechJam. She holds an MBA from Northeastern University.

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