Manufacturing execution system (MES) is a factory floor information and communication system with several functional capabilities. This system is essential for successful manufacturing.

It includes functions such as resource allocation and status, operation/detailed scheduling, dispatching production units, document control, data collection and acquisition, labor management, quality management, process management, maintenance management, product tracking and genealogy, and performance analysis.

It can provide feedback from the factory floor on a real-time basis. It interfaces with and complements ERP systems.

Advantages of Manufacturing Execution System

  • This process is useful for all type of industries including semiconductor, automotive, pharma companies, aerospace etc
  • It helps to eliminate the human error in the manufacturing process
  • It monitors the manufacturing activities throughout the industry and link them in lead time
  • Helps to control the manufacturing supply chain
  • Improves the quality of the product by providing real-time quality data checks 
  • Eradicates valueless activities like paperwork
  • Helps to find the faults easily
  • Supports complicated workflow process
  • Reduces manufacturing cycle time and data entry time
  • Helps to improve customer service

History of manufacturing Execution System

Around the 1970s some of the manufacturing industries started using software applications to automate their accounts. Time files and these applications improved and started providing particular features for standard inventory management. In the early 1980s, manufacturing requirements planning (MRP) came with material planning, material control, and material monitoring.

In the 1990s, the system improved and the manufacturing execution system comes into the picture.

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