What is MES? Real-Time Visibility and Control of Shop Floor Issues

iBASEtWhat is MES? Real-Time Visibility and Control of Shop Floor Issues

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What is MES? Real-Time Visibility and Control of Shop Floor Issues

Speaker: Conrad Leiva

Real-time visibility does not refer only to metrics, but also to issues as they happen in the value chain. For example, if an issue emerges on the shop floor, a manager can bring up Solumina operations process management software, enter the discrepancy, send it to engineering, and get a response right away. In the background, Solumina is also sending that containment action into the supply chain. 

Right away, the supplier knows that there are issues with their products and that their parts are affecting the assembly line at the customer. They have a chance to provide feedback as well, to collaborate in real time. Real-time visibility exposes problems right away so that they can be addressed right away. 

It is preferable for escapes not to happen in the first place, so process controls enable users to monitor quality at the source. More visibility at the source means more can be managed at the source. Some process management also happens at receiving as well as at production. All those control mechanisms help to avoid escapes, and real-time visibility enables manufacturers to respond immediately to them. 

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