When the term Manufacturing Execution Systems (MES) was coined nearly 20 years ago, the MES acronym was intended to sound like “mess” because that is what it was. While enterprise applications had taken hold firmly for many other areas, the diversity of plant operations had prevented the same level of standardization and use for plant floor software.
Individual plants and even individual functions within each plant have often used spreadsheets, homegrown applications, or standalone software to support monitoring, guiding, and recording outcomes. However, production companies are realizing they cannot continue to work with piecemeal support for and minimal visibility into their main revenue-generating area. Even though some companies don’t need a complex, broad functionality MES or Manufacturing Operations Management (MOM) system, they do want applications that provide visibility into production information and that support good plant success.
In addition to MES/MOM, effective plant floor operations may require an array of solutions. These include quality management (QMS), testing and laboratory management (TMS, LIMS), data historians, supervisory control and human-machine interface (SCADA and HMI), asset management (EAM), manufacturing intelligence and dashboards (EMI), document management and work instructions (EDM), and many others. Automation and controls are also critical to this arena, and are increasingly intelligent.
The diversity of plant operations means that this segment will remain challenging for many companies. Cambashi understands the technologies, providers, products, standards, and trends to assist clients with appropriate planning for competitive advantage.
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