A Manufacturing Execution System (MES) is an information system that connects, monitors and controls complex manufacturing systems and data flow on the factory floor. The main goal of an MES system is to ensure effective execution of the manufacturing operations and to improve production output.
Manufacturers have an increasing need for real-time and historical information to drill down into operation cost savings for increased product quality, reduced downtime, reduced energy and increased productivity.
The information provided through an MES application enables operators to make decisions as production is running, whilst enforcing compliance. It manages and reports on production processes in real-time and links these activities to business level systems and processes such as work-in-process, inventory, quality control, maintenance and scheduling.
The position of MES within the ISA-95 functional hierarchy is level 3 Manufacturing Operations Management. MES is a plantwide manufacturing decision tool that serves as an important layer between level 4 Business Enterprise Planning and level 0, 1, and 2 Process Control Systems on the factory floor; giving manufacturers real-time visibility and insight into how best to improve enterprise-wide manufacturing operations.
MES can be integrated with all enterprise control system layers, with information flowing between level 3 MES and level 2 process control systems such as PLC and SCADA systems.
The benefits of using a MES system include:
Reduced preventive maintenance costs
Reduced overtime costs
On-time deliveries (OTD)
Reduced labour costs
Reduced production waste
Increased product quality and compliance
Improved product recall responsiveness
Reduced energy costs
Better energy monitoring
Our team of expert software developers, system integrators, solution architects and project managers are committed to providing total satisfaction and implementing effective MES systems through tried and tested processes. We listen to your needs and make considerations from both an engineering/technical and business perspective. Our services can include project feasibility studies and pre-sales support, with recommendations for the best solutions, helping you choose the right system for your needs.
We follow a fully structured and documented internal quality control system (ISO 9001:2015 certified), adaptable to GAMP standards with the development of URS, FDS, and efficient change management. This provides complete visibility for you and highlights any issues at the initial stages of the project which otherwise may get overlooked. It also means that you know what to expect throughout the project lifecycle giving you the confidence to leave your requirements safely in our hands. Our technical masters will provide innovative and secure MES solutions according to your timescale, quality expectations and budget.
We ensure that you get the most appropriate and effective MES system for your needs by adhering to the following project elements:
Dedicated project team
Requirements gathering and URS generation
Fixed price quotations based on URS
Generation of FDS and traceability matrix
Generation of SDS and detailed test plans at each stage
Full change control procedures, with impact analysis
Use of PM tools such as JIRA, Trello, and testing tools such as HPQC
IFAT, CFAT and UAT to ensure correct functionality at every stage
Operational and maintenance manuals
User and administrator training
Service Level Agreements
Systems implementation engineer
Dedicated IT policy
The entire project team are on hand to support you throughout the whole project lifecycle, to help you get the maximum ROI from your system. No matter what help you need with your new MES software, we can offer support with issues such as:
Guidance through the integration process
Advice on configuring your MES system
Remote access support for fault diagnosis and repair
Software updates and improvements
Advise on system security best practice
General enquiries and assistance
We understand that when implementing systems and software minimum disruption to the production process is vital, so we give you a central point of contact through your dedicated project manager and a guarantee that we’ll deliver what we promise when we promise it.