Applying Manufacturing Execution Systems (MES)

Every enterprise that manufactures anything has some sort of manufacturing execution system – some means of tracking what needs to be done and how it gets done. Whether it is effective depends on its ability to provide structure and control, visibility and accountability, and support the kind of flexibility and responsiveness demanded by today’s make-it-now, make-it-my-way economy.

Today’s manufacturing environment demands smaller lot sizes, faster cycle times, greater flexibility and smaller inventory buffers than ever before. This course addresses not only what a Manufacturing Execution System is and where it came from, but how it can affect market share and competitive position through faster response, broader product offerings, reduced time-to-market and better performance against commitments to customers.

You will be able to:

  • Identify the business drivers that make effective MES a competitive weapon in today’s manufacturing environment
  • Understand the evolution and functional modules of a typical MES
  • Recognize application issues of core and support functions
  • Visualize where MESs fit in relationship with planning systems (ERP) and plant equipment control devices
  • Recognize return on investment opportunities to justify MES efforts
  • Understand how to develop a business case that drives a requirements definition document
  • List the basic steps in developing the user requirements for an MES
  • Define and apply an implementation approach that delivers results

You will cover:

  • History and Evolution of Manufacturing Execution Systems (MES): Why these Systems are Part of the Manufacturing Landscape | How They Fit with Planning Systems and Plant Floor Control Systems
  • Core and Support Modules: Typical Core Module Functions | Support Module Functions | Integration
  • MES System Benefits: Financial and Management Justification | How Companies Benefit from System Implementations | How MES is a Part of the Supply Chain Management Process
  • Typical System Benefits: Translate Benefits into Return on Investment Opportunities and Project Phases
  • System Configuration Examples: Possible Architectures Worldwide | Corporate Wide | Plant Wide Systems
  • Implementation Approaches: Long-term Relationships and Partnering | Software Licensing | System Integration

Classroom/Laboratory Exercises:

  • Examine a possible MES business case and requirements definition
  • Configure and operate a simulated MES demonstration


2 days


€ 1.095,- p.p. excl. VAT, including course materials and catering.

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