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MES Essential Tool #5: Track and Trace

For heavily regulated industries, such as food and pharmaceutical, manufacturing execution system (MES) tools can offer manufacturers a valuable level of insight into their processes. Using a track and trace system on top of your organization’s control system to monitor the progress of a product through the manufacturing process can provide a wealth of information to all users, from operators to managers.

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Essential MES Tool # 4: Asset Management

Asset management systems are used to track a variety of information on your assets (machines), including their manuals, maintenance records, spare parts inventory levels, maintenance schedules, and more. This data is typically stored using a computerized maintenance management system (CMMS). In the manufacturing environment, there is the added benefit of colle cting real - time information about these assets using the numerous sensors and controllers on the plant floor. Bringing these systems together creates a truly powerful tool for maximizing asset productivity.

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Essential MES Tool #3: Data Entry Automation

In the previous two blogs in this nine-part series, we’ve discussed some of the high-level manufacturing execution system (MES) tools for better understanding productivity problems – overall equipment effectiveness (OEE) and downtime tracking. Both of these MES tools generate a lot of data, which brings up the next important question when it comes to implementing MES solutions in your organization – how do you handle this excess of information?

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Essential MES Tool #2: Downtime Tracking

As discussed in the first post in our nine-part series on manufacturing execution system (MES) tools, manufacturers can use MES tools to better understand where their optimization efforts will be best spent. This post focuses on downtime tracking, which can help you see not only when a machine is unavailable, but why it is not running.

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Essential MES Tool #1: Overall Equipment Effectiveness

Until you achieve maximum production efficiency, continuous improvement should be an integral part of your business. With manufacturing execution system (MES) tools, you can bring efficiency to your organization through streamlined data flow, which will increase your production capacity without the capital expense. And, rather than embarking on continuous improvement initiatives that may or may not benefit your organization, you can use MES tools to show where your efforts will be best spent. This is the first post in a nine-part series that examines what we believe are the most essential MES tools to improve business performance.

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6 Tips to Delivering a Successful MES Project

A successful MES project has the potential to deliver huge efficiency improvements that can boost production and save money. Critical steps along the way such as how you plan your project, map your process, leverage actionable information, and design your user experience can make or break the success of your project. Here are six strategies you can put into action right now to improve your MES implementation.

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The Role of MES Software in the Digital Factory

As your organization prepares to morph its facilities into a digital factory, it is important to understand how tools, such as manufacturing execution system (MES) software, can help manage these changes. MES integrates all databases, machines, and people within your plant into one cohesive, interconnected system that eliminates islands of information, such as handwritten paperwork, whiteboards, Excel spreadsheets, and isolated software systems.

 

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Transitioning to a Digital Factory One Step at a Time

Digitization is a hot topic on everyone’s minds, with its promises to make manufacturing companies competitively lean and mean. The tangible benefits of digitization include shorter innovation cycles, increased flexibility for rapid response to market changes, improved quality due to early detection and raw material traceability, and increased efficiency. But what does it really mean for you, living in the real world of budgets and red tape? And where do you start?

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Demo Video: Implement Affordable Manufacturing Intelligence with MES Lite

Implementing MES solutions in your manufacturing business can be a daunting task. And an expensive one! Much of the software available on the market today is overly complicated and expensive, and those that are affordable are inflexible and underperforming.

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Recorded Digital Factory Webinar Now Available 

If you missed our recent live webinar around using plant floor data to transform your business, the recorded session is now available. During this webinar, Vertech teamed up with London Consulting to discuss the technical and organizational aspects of moving to a digital factory, enabling technologies and best practices, and the efficiency enhancements they can bring. 

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