What is MES

Definition of MES

Manufacturing execution systems (MES) are software systems that are used to manage and optimise the production processes in a manufacturing facility. MES typically includes a suite of applications and tools that are used to control and monitor the various stages of the manufacturing process, from the initial receipt of raw materials to the final delivery of the finished product. MES systems are designed to provide real-time data and analytics on the status of the production process, as well as to facilitate collaboration and communication among different teams and departments within the organisation. MES can also be used to automate certain tasks and processes, such as scheduling and resource allocation, to improve efficiency and productivity. Overall, MES helps manufacturers to better control and manage their production processes, which can lead to improved product quality and increased profitability.

Manufacturing Execution System used in all types of manufacturing: continuous, batch and discrete processes. MES is equally beneficial for mechanised production lines as well as for manual assembling/fabrication work cells.


There are several benefits to implementing a manufacturing execution system (MES). Some of the key benefits include improved efficiency and productivity, better quality control, increased flexibility and agility, reduced waste and improved performance, and enhanced visibility and traceability.

  1. Improved efficiency and productivity: By automating many of the tasks involved in manufacturing, an MES can help to improve efficiency and productivity. For example, it can help to reduce the amount of time spent on manual tasks such as data entry and reporting, and it can help to ensure that production processes are running smoothly and without disruptions.

  2. Better quality control: An MES can help to improve quality control by providing real-time visibility into production processes and by allowing manufacturers to quickly and easily identify and address potential quality issues. This can help to reduce the number of defects and improve the overall quality of the products being manufactured.

  3. Increased flexibility and agility: An MES can help to increase the flexibility and agility of a manufacturing operation. By providing real-time visibility into production processes, an MES can help manufacturers to quickly and easily respond to changes in customer demand or production schedules. This can help to reduce lead times and improve customer satisfaction.

  4. Reduced waste and improved performance: MES can help to monitor and control the production process in real-time, which can help to identify and address any issues that may cause waste or inefficiencies. This can help to improve the overall performance of the production facility.

  5. Enhanced visibility and traceability: An MES can provide detailed, real-time visibility into production processes, allowing manufacturers to track and trace the movement of products and materials throughout the production process. This can help to improve supply chain management and ensure that products are being produced in accordance with quality and regulatory standards.

Overall, the use of MES can help production facilities to improve their operations and remain competitive in a global market.

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Off-the-shelf vs Custom

Off-the-shelf manufacturing execution systems (MES) are pre-made software applications that are available for purchase and use without any customizations. These systems are designed to be general-purpose, and can be used in a variety of different manufacturing environments. However, because they are not tailored to a specific manufacturing process, they may not offer all of the features and functionality that a particular company needs.

Custom MES, on the other hand, are designed and developed specifically for a particular company and its manufacturing processes. This allows the MES to be tailored to the specific needs of the company, and to provide the exact features and functionality that are required. Custom MES has advantages when integrating with other systems, such as Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP), Maintenance Systems (CMMS) or Warehouse Management Systems (WMS). However, custom MES are typically more expensive to develop and maintain than off-the-shelf MES.

Implementation of MES

An implementation of an MES typically involves installing the software on computers or other devices that are connected to the manufacturing equipment, as well as configuring the system to meet the specific needs of the manufacturing process. Typically, there is a main server which is storing data from other computers and devices. Off-the-shelf MES has pre-defined user interface when user interface of custom MES is open for customisation and can be integrated with minimum operation disruption. The MES is also integrated with other systems, such as Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP), Maintenance Systems (CMMS) or Warehouse Management Systems (WMS), to provide a more comprehensive view and control of the manufacturing process.

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