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Overview

Manufacturing Execution Systems or MES software are tools designed to help a company manage its manufacturing processes. Manufacturing is too complex nowadays to not have a system in place that defines how customer orders are scheduled and manufactured on the production floor. If you're in manufacturing, then you have MES in place, it may just be your implementation is in the form of spreadsheets, emails and posted schedules. Modern MES software helps by replacing those spreadsheets with a connected system that provides real-time operations information to those who need it when they need it, and allows the flow of data from plant floor devices and equipment directly up to ERP and Inventory Management Systems.

MES system is not the system of a plant floor and it is not an ERP system. Manufacturing execution systems or manufacturing operations management (MOM) software is modeled after the ISA-95 standard and is designed to bridge the communication between the plant floor and management in executive levels. Most companies have a little of any success in standardizing all the data in MES layer. Ask yourself, how is your company handling MES data today. Do you have separate SPC systems, track and trace on paper,settings managed at local operation interfaces, spreadsheets using schedules? The data coming from different sources can create confusion and system which doesn't work together cause a  lot of frustration. The result is a loss of money, time and quality. So what is missing here? The answer is a fully integrated unified MES solution where you can get all your MES data in one place, on one screen. Now with Sepasoft MES you could finally do just that. 

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What makes our MES suite of products so special?

  • Real-Time Efficiency Tracking and Monitoring Controls
  • Downtime Data Collection
  • At-a-Glance Executive Dashboards
  • Easy ERP Integration
  • Mobile MES Access
  • Production Scheduling
  • Quality and Maintenance Management
  • Batch Processing
  • Fast, Customizable Implementation
  • Automatic Data Collection

MES operates across multiple function areas, for example, management of product definitions across the product life-cycle, resource scheduling, order execution and dispatch, production analysis and downtime management for Overall Equipment Effectiveness(OEE), Product Quality, Track and Trace.

MES creates the 'as-built' record, capturing the data, processes and outcomes of the manufacturing process and maintaining the system of record. This can be especially important in regulated industries, such as food and beverage or pharmaceutical, where the documentation and proof of processes, events and actions may be required.

The idea of MES might be seen as an intermediate step between, an Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) system, and a Supervisory Control and Data Acquisition (SCADA) or process control system, although historically, exact boundaries have fluctuated. Our MES solution is targeted at the Plant Operations layer in manufacturing systems, providing flexible methods of interacting with the ERP system and the plant equipment. According to ISA-95 models, plant operations comprise Production Operations, Inventory Operations, Quality Operations and Maintenance (or Engineering) Operations. In each of these areas, our MES Product suite has modules that provide the necessary functionality.

MES is the factory floor execution system. It is the layer in which the operators directly interact to step through the execution of the work flow to produce or repair product. The list of work to be performed, specific instructions to execute the work, data points to be collected, quality inspections of the work, sign off’s indicating the work is complete, are all performed within this layer.

MES provides the workflow, visibility and event notification required to ensure that manufacturing is meeting enterprise information demands. Simultaneously MES reduces non value-add activities, increases data accuracy and provides the ERP system with real-time data needed to maximize enterprise processing, planning and scheduling activities.

MES system acts as a messenger between the factory floor, corporate engineering (PLM), and corporate planners / schedulers (ERP). When operator requires data from the ERP or PLM: initiates the request within MES; the MES system then connects to the appropriate system to retrieve and display the information.

With Sepasoft MES, now you can have a system that is capable of being friendly with your ERP system sharing production schedule with all your departments, reviewing numbers, info and various types of data in a unified system without any need to compare paper reports. The connected docs would help you to relate the data that is used during the manufacturing processes. All modules integrate seamlessly with the Ignition HMI and SCADA softwares. You can achieve true collaboration and access all your data from one unified system. 

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