MES 4.0: Navigating to Smarter, Leaner & Agile Manufacturing with Sustainability

The manufacturing industry is under pressure to increase its top line and bottom line to stay competitive. As a result, manufacturers are exploring different avenues to help them. Businesses are optimistic about their prospects and aim to deliver the best with the rapid adoption of Industry 4.0 and cutting-edge technologies across engineering, design, sales, production and operations.

There has been a shift towards a deeper analysis of manufacturing data to drive data-driven decisions on the production floor more precisely. In addition, there has been an urgent call for green and sustainable manufacturing practices as manufacturers aspire to be a carbon-neutral society.

This industry must deliver more from less. It must extract the maximum from existing assets and make its brownfield plants more productive and efficient. Sharing information between the production floor and business systems can help industries build a connected enterprise and realize operational efficiencies through seamless data interfaces between systems vertically and horizontally. Furthermore, it helps identify process bottlenecks, production inefficiencies, quality issues and organizational resource skill and talent issues. Addressing this enables delivery more from less and is a step closer to reducing carbon footprint.

Manufacturing process data correlates with machine data to generate critical information, models and statistics by Data Scientists – the processed data in real-time helps address the inefficiencies before causing production losses. In addition, the information provides a holistic view of all the process flow on the manufacturing floor; be it labor, machine, process, material or otherwise.

As we aim to shape and simplify the manufacturing process and operations with a human centric approach, this paper series touches upon the critical aspects of the Manufacturing Execution System (MES) and lays out a detailed view on the evolution of MES and its impact in Smart Manufacturing.

The current paper (the first of the series) focuses on the evolution and regeneration of MES driven by customer needs and challenges that have shaped the adoption across industries. In this journey, while we unravel the challenges faced in navigating to a Digital Manufacturing Execution, we also discuss democratizing the use of MES-MOM applications – irrespective of size, category, business line and geography.

Intended Audience

The paper series aims to provide a view of the usage and ratification of MES-MOM for roles in the services industry that are focused on clients across manufacturing segments and anyone new to the Industrial IoT space and eager to quickly understand the scope, benefits and challenges specific to MES. It also helps enterprises calibrate their expectations when considering MES as a critical part of their IT ecosystem.

Head of Manufacturing, Enterprise

Provides an overview of utilizing MES and associated tools and products that offer deep insights into the process and help to improve major KPIs set at various hierarchical levels. Overall, the paper will help them to understand the criticality of an MES platform and how it can drive actionable insights to improve the manufacturing processes.

Site Manager / Site IT

Deprived of the right tools that can help smartly capture the manufacturing processes and operations to trace the entire lifecycle of an end-product, site managers struggle to understand the process effectiveness without data in a synchronized and seamless manner. The paper shall guide and enable them to leverage MES effectively for paperless and automated manufacturing setups.

Leadership, System Integrators

This paper guides on the impact that MES driven Digital Manufacturing can deliver. The generation shift from being just an MES data collection application to a more comprehensive and holistic product covering QMS, MPS, and MOM alongside MES shall enable leaders to make an informed decision on their investments and choose the suitable MES packages and products.

Consultants, System Integrators

This paper is a perfect guide and learning artifact to understand the concepts and offerings of an MES application, its usability and its integration with peripherals and OT systems. It can provide a jump start for all who wish to learn and grow in the MES application development domain.

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