Modern MES solutions, such as those built on a microservice architecture, can provide the real-time data to support predictive capabilities and are more than a simple manufacturing execution system, but instead becoming more of a manufacturing optimization system.
Some manufacturing companies are considering the LC/NC model to extend the life of an existing MES or shop floor control applications instead of investing in a new commercial application. While the initial appeal to extend the life of an existing MES application might seem attractive, there are several reasons why this may not be your best option.
What makes APQP so important is that it provides a framework for focusing on product quality early in the design process and includes the perspective of how production processes affect final component quality.
Recently, I wrote about several ways that a Manufacturing Execution System (MES) can improve New Product Introduction (NPI). In that article, I explained how an MES can play a critical role in improving and streamlining the new product introduction process.
Each industry may have additional environmental factors as will companies that may have corporate technology standards. Therefore, it's important to pick a set of suppliers that can exist in a compatible ecosystem while minimizing the technical debt associated with a multi-vendor IT/OT architecture.
The theme of our fourth educational webinar, The Importance of End User Acceptance, was a reminder of how important it is to engage with those who will be using an MES or any other IT system as part of the implementation. Here's a summary of what was discussed.
There are numerous examples of next-generation metrics that need to emerge to better gauge business performance in an Industry 4.0 future. Basing your MES implementation on some of these emerging metrics might prove your MES investment is more valuable than you originally thought.