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Manufacturing execution system

What is manufacturing execution system?

Digitally controlled and monitored workplaces nurture increased bottom-line. In a manufacturing company, tracking and capturing the entire business data is paramount.

Manufacturing Execution offers tools for the Execution phase in the production process. Specifically, the time span between when a production order has been released to the production floor and until the work is completed.

While the key task of Manufacturing Execution is the ability to have an intuitive and easy way of starting and reporting back on production jobs, Manufacturing execution also supports the daily planning happening on the shop floor, this includes prioritization of one job over another, assigning jobs to resources where resources are either individuals or groups of workers or individual or groups of machines or even in some cases vendors operating on part of the production process.

Workers should not be confused with large numbers of jobs and functions. With an easily configurable terminal, companies have the option of setting up dedicated terminals showing only jobs assigned to a specific worker, showing only jobs assigned to a given sub section of the production floor, and perhaps showing only functions relevant for the type of work being performed around that particular terminal. These could be those functions accessing the details of a worker’s personal time schedule, flex hours etc. which are only available in the break rooms while core production functions are available only on the production floor.

Increasing the efficiency of shop supervisors is equally important. When Manufacturing Execution shop supervisors receive tools, that decrease the amount of times they would otherwise have to use in an office. Enabling the shop supervisor to quickly execute on tasks such as job reprioritization, reassignment, materials availability and absence registrations allows for the least disruption in the day to day operation.

As the day passes and the accumulated registrations come in from the production floor, the enterprise as such will have a far more accurate picture of the current state of the production process with an immediate understanding of produced quantities and cost incurred.

The reasons to invest in a Manufacturing Execution System (MES) are many. Listed below are a few of the critical reasons –

  • Enhanced visibility and more control over production –

MES ensures proper production optimization by giving supervisors access to real-time information. This includes current state of the equipment in use, product trials, availability of resources, etc.

  • Consistent processes –

A full-fledged MES feature ensures consistency. Once the operation is performed, personnel can track it for improved security. Replacing paper-based documents, eliminates data redundancy, loss, and duplication.   

  • Better quality of goods –

Even in a controlled business environment, undesired events can happen which may hamper the quality of final goods. MES ensures procedural enforcement to sustain the shop floor efficiency.  

  • Meet customers’ requirements –

When you ensure quality and consistency of processes, it automatically enhances customer satisfaction.

  • Integration of the comprehensive business processes –

MES is an add-on which standardizes the entire business operations with its top-notch functions. Shop floor personnel can execute, track and record activities. This allows the supervisor to take prompt decisions.      

MES is an intensive system with multifaceted shop floor execution capabilities. It serves as a functional layer, allowing manufacturers to work efficiently in real-time. MES depicts many advantages for manufacturers; we have outlined the top five advantages, below –

  1. Less wastage and expenses

MES includes digital master logs and device history records. Now, you need not store, file and spend the time to track the paperwork done on the shop floor. This saves time and efforts made during data entry.

MES creates a streamlined work environment. It reduces scrap by maintaining product capacity and detecting inconsistencies. For example, MES captures labor, tooling, scrap, downtime and other expenses directly from the shop floor. Its capability improves the operator’s speed and efficiency. They can manage the shop floor data transactions and documentation easily.

  1. Minimize inventory

For every organization, a sizeable inventory means huge expense. When you include a Manufacturing Executive System in the organization, it ensures the specific amount of materials needed for the subsequent future. This allows businesses to save time, efforts and inventory expenses. MES also minimizes the excess inventory by encouraging just-in-time inventory strategy.

  1. Better traceability

If you have MES integrated into your ERP system, it can link lot numbers from raw materials to the work in progress items with finished goods.

In this way, the operators and supervisors can document/track the tasks in a better way so as to avoid chaos and enhance traceability. It will improve the quality compliance. MES is an efficient tool that provides mission-critical production information across the manufacturing company and supply chain.

  1. Decreased downtime

Equipment downtime is an empirical state which usually every enterprise face. When machines don’t work effectively and are not maintained properly, it’s hard to make money in any manufacturing company. So, how can MES help you with the increased uptime? MES includes integrated scheduling and maintenance. This means that the task will only be initiated when the right tooling is ready, machines are maintained well and source inventory is available.


Manufacturing Execution System monitors work-in-progress (WIP), encourages increased uptime, greater efficiency, prevents errors and improves shop floor visibility.

It supports electronic record-keeping and ensures that unified information is cascaded throughout the entire organization.

Presently, manufacturers are including connected devices, the Internet of Things and other state-of-the-art technologies and devices which increases operational efficiency. MES also allows you to integrate shop floor devices together to improve speed of work. During lot processing or dispensing of goods, MES lets you track and record the data.

Why use disparate systems to manage distinct operations when you can do more with a comprehensive ERP solution?

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