by Jim Connett, on June 07, 2021
Integration is the art of harmonizing hardware, software, and equipment systems in order to optimize, visualize, and automate manufacturing processes.
Automation is the art of transforming manually performed business activities into processes that are orchestrated and controlled through software solutions.
Optimization is the art of maximizing manufacturing efficiency, throughput, OEE, yield, and quality by monitoring, analyzing, and iteratively tuning manufacturing processes.
Visualization is the art of providing transparency into manufacturing, engineering, and supply chain operations in order to enable continuous optimization.
Migration is the art of exchanging critical business processes and IT systems without disrupting manufacturing operations.
A white paper is an authoritative report or guide that informs readers concisely about a complex issue and presents the issuing body's philosophy on the matter.
Best practices documents describe manufacturing IT solutions which are accepted within the manufacturing industry as being correct or most effective.
Previously recorded webinars provide in-depth discussion regarding specific manufacturing topics and solutions.
Demos are brief videos that showcase a specific aspect of a manufacturing topic or solution.
Presentations and recordings from past events hosted or attended by SYSTEMA are available to view or download.
Case studies are up-close and detailed examinations of challenges faced within a real-world manufacturing environment along with proven solutions.
Data sheets provide critical pieces of information, such as features and technical details, related to SYSTEMA’s products and services.
Blogs are informal discussions or informational pieces related to manufacturing optimization topics, solutions, and SYSTEMA-related news.
One of the most significant and impactful software investments your company will make is the manufacturing execution system (MES) application. The MES is the heartbeat of your facility. If the MES is running efficiently and effectively, you’re probably going to do well. If the MES is causing issues, the impact will be felt both internally (missed KPIs, monthly goals, and orders) and externally.
If you invested in an MES some 20 years ago, you are probably seeing now how the new demands and requirements of today’s manufacturing world can’t be addressed in a legacy MES. Consider that AI-driven, web-based interfaces were pretty much not even a thought in the minds of the MES developers in the 80s and 90s, even into the 2000s. Today, we have highly intelligent, web-based MES architectures which are readily available and provide a competitive advantage. Think about cloud-based MES environments; that concept was never imagined for the MES applications two decades ago. Yet today, a decentralized MES architecture is now available and allows for more cost-effective global growth.
Legacy MES applications may be failing to meet the needs of these new demands, and your IT group may be considering an MES migration to take advantage of newer technologies and capabilities. At some point, the decision to migrate (or upgrade) the MES is unavoidable. If you find yourself in that position today (or you sense that you’ll be there soon), then here are some points to ponder (in no particular order) on this exciting journey.