Manufacturing Execution System (MES)

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What is Manufacturing Execution System (MES)?

MES System is a manufacturing efficiency and execution platform which allows for the collection of data from the machines, or entire production line, analyzing and displaying them in a user-friendly manner. MES software is implemented to make operators’ jobs more predictable and help managers to undertake more insightful decisions for faster and better production.

It offers an all-inclusive overview of production analytics that can be handy in identifying underperforming process and causativinelficiencies. This, in turn, enables the correction of the root issues, leading to enhanced productivity and better resource allocation. Further, MES systems aid in quality control endeavours, making it easier to maintain industry compliance. By tracking and documenting the production process, these systems minimise product defects and ensure excellence is consistently achieved in all manufactured units. They also streamline communication within the organisation and help reduce downtime, making your plant exponentially more effective.

System MES - What are the key functions?

  • Seamless and real-time data flow: information is collected and presented on the go due to deep machine connectivity and cabling network 
  • Advanced analytical tools and dashboard: collected data is analysed and presented to the operator or manager in an insightful manner 
  • Digitalized and automated flow of documentation: instructions, checklists, and all documents are stored in the system, version and access control allow for an additional layer of security  
  • Constant quality monitoring: process parameters are automatically gathered from the automation level or manually from operators, including measurements and checklists. 
  • Integration with external systems: two-way communication between multiple systems, provides a complete data stream of the production
  • Track and trace capabilities: Modern Manufacturing Execution System (MES) covers scanning components and materials used for production. While scanning S/N and batches, the system validates and creates a complete genealogy of the finished good. 
  • Industry-specific tools: i.e. the rework module allows tracking and sending the defective item to the suitable machine and follows new routing. 
  • Data integrity and system security: periodical data gathering helps in a fast check for process stability, making the MES system a system of manufacturing. Separation from the factory network provides additional security.   

How ANT MES System can help your production grow?

The full functionality of the system depends on the class of the implemented solution. Our MES System tracks the actual working time of machines and records downtime by automated data acquisition. It allows managers to plan production activities and control their implementation. The system collects information on the quality of manufactured elements and immediately notifies of any irregularities. Most importantly, it significantly reduces the possibility of wasting resources and as a result makes production more efficient and profitable increasing OEE. 

MES software guides the manufacturing process through all its stages: planning, scheduling, monitoring, supervision, execution, and optimisation.  

At each of these stages, the manufacturing execution system checks the work in progress – the MES System application collects, gathers, and processes data, and generates reports. An advanced algorithm analyses the causes of micro-stops and shows Pareto charts to analyse the root causes of current performance levels.

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System MES - What are the common problems solved by MES software?

Whether you have distributed production systems from many suppliers with no integration and overall visibility, or multiple manufacturing sites with the need for remote monitoring, an MES system can help you to solve many of your production challenges. Our consultants talk to production managers, process engineers, quality managers, IT and plant directors to understand and address all obstacles that limit production capacity.

Production Area

  • Production stoppages 
  • Lack of knowledge about the current progress and work of production 
  • Waste of paper, difficulty maintaining versioning and access to documents 
  • Long production start-up times 
  • Human errors 
  • Inadequate reporting on performance data 
  • Unable to take proactive decisions on problems and solutions 
  • Ineffective process control and failure to meet customer expectations

Planning Area

  • Production not shipped on time 
  • Inability to identify bottlenecks in the production process 
  • Manual production planning, planning in Excel 
  • Not sure that I have all the resources to produce

Quality Area

  • Uncontrolled production of defects 
  • Inadequate traceability of production processes 
  • Too many scrap and defects 
  • Manually generated SPC reports

Maintenance Area

  • Lack of immediate information about the failure in the maintenance department 
  • Too much downtime 
  • No windows available for inspections and repairs

IT Area

  • Lack of system integration 
  • Multiple systems across one facility instead of one 
  • Lost access to the prodution system 

Management, CXO Area

  • There is no data to make a good decision 
  • Lack of control over the implementation of production 
  • The need to work on additional shifts due to the failure to cope with the current production 

The software can lead to the identification of more than 200 processes from the shop floor to the warehouse to get rid of or to simplify, e.g. quality documentation forms with redundant information. Step by step, combining small changes can add up to considerable improvement potential. Properly adresssed issues can lead to time savings reduction ranging from 10 minutes up to 2 hours. Not only it helps to reduce the burden for employees in production but also for those surrounding work areas involved in cross-divisional processes. 

What modules and functions ANT MES System has?

  • Machine communication with standard TCP and native PLC protocols (OPC DA/UA, Siemens and more)
  • Read data from the automation level: production counters, machines status, process parameters
  • Data buffering if connection lost to preserve all information
  • Start production in a planned sequence, use RFID cards to access the system
  • Display progress, main KPIs and current delay for ongoing production
  • Manual or automatic production reporting with machine states
  • Recurring events automatically request quality inspection thanks to triggers
  • Automatic feedback for the operator (quality limits)
  • Dedicated instruction and documentation
  • Automatically generated quality reports: SPC, Shewhart control charts
  • Manual or automated defect reason reporting
  • The decision to report defects or scrap
  • Reporting defects for components
  • Starting rework production by scanning the rework label or choosing special rework order
  • Automatic validation and guiding via rework technology
  • Configure rework flow for reported defect reason
  • Various reports for production, machines, quality
  • Dashboard for ongoing production
  • Various angles for data analytics
  • Transparent overview of all areas
  • Top-to-bottom analysis
  • Dedicated dashboards for most important analysis
  • Display digital documentation for Operator (PDF, images, movies)
  • Documentation categorization like changeovers, quality control, maintenance
  • Demand the read confirmation upon the newest version
  • Display production summary for selected machines
  • Display the current shift’s OEE and production delay
  • Real-time data update based on reports or machine’s cycles
  • Failures reporting with its reason and comment
  • Maintenance failure acceptance and its ending
  • Reaction time, repair time and its KPIs monitoring (MTTR, MTBF, MTTF)
  • Scanning resources to match components and tools with production.
  • Additional validation
  • Automatic serialization and labeling printing for done production
  • Basic production data modeling: items, routings, factory structure
  • Managing production orders, defects, documentation
  • Managing KPI thresholds, production targets or machine states

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System MES - What are the key benefits?


OEE & OTIF increase

✔️ predicted date time of last item in production/sales order
✔️ less and faster changeovers
✔️ faster execution of production tasks


Less defects

✔️ faster defects recognition and rework management
✔️ SPC and condition-based monitoring
✔️ periodical quality plans



✔️ BOM validation (item check, if QC release)
✔️ tools life cycle monitoring
✔️ up-stream and down-stream

Where ANT MES System can be implemented?

All production industries can benefit from implementing modern MES software. ANT has already implemented multiple systems across many industries such as FMCG, Pharma, Automotive & Aviation, and High Volume Production giving them clear results, while transforming their production processes towards Industry 4.0. 
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What our clients say about ANT MES system?


Manufacturing in the region for the region, next to our customers is a pillar of our operations strategy.

We invested massively in our factories over the last years to increase capacity; completing these investments with the best digitalization solution of all manufacturing systems is a key part of our program toward more efficiency and agility. In a great collaboration with ANT, we are rolling out our plans.

Fabrice Revert, COO


OEE, production and quality monitoring is very precise and automatic. The process optimisation is less time consuming and problems are faster and easier to detect.

ANT managed to custom the MES interface and its funcionalities to a high degree so that we could really make the most out of the system

Veronica Ottonello, Industrial Process Engineer at Bormioli Pharma

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How ANT MES System helps to implement Lean Six Sigma management strategy?

ANT MES System is a powerful tool that can facilitate the implementation of Lean and Six Sigma management strategies by providing insights and data-driven models to decision-makers. Eliminating waste, increasing quality and fighting bottlenecks in the production process that slow down the speed of manufacturing becomes significantly easier with all the necessary information on a screen.   

The comprehensive overview of production allows for efficient planning and control that helps to identify unnecessary transportation, excess inventory, and unnecessary motion of people, equipment or machinery, thus allowing for the implementation of suitable strategies to improve the production process.



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Moreover, ANT MES can monitor the production process in real-time, ensuring that all work is being completed correctly and reaction time to any deviations is mitigated. With ANT MES software, companies can improve their production efficiency, reduce wastage, and quickly identify and solve problems. This, in turn, enables them to implement their Lean and Sig Sigma management strategies more efficiently and effectively. 

How ANT MES System enables Cloud Manufacturing?

Cloud manufacturing leverages cloud-based platforms to oversee the entirety of the manufacturing process. This modern approach incorporates advanced analytics, automation, and artificial intelligence to enhance the creation, distribution, and upkeep of products. One of the pivotal tools in this domain is the ANT MES System. This system grants businesses a streamlined and economical method to handle their production frameworks. Furthermore, it offers immediate access to pivotal data and analytics, empowering companies to make judicious decisions. By utilizing the ANT MES System within the realm of cloud manufacturing, enterprises can diminish overhead expenses, elevate their production management, and expedite the delivery of high-caliber products.

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How fast MES system can be implemented?

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MES Integration – How do we integrate MES with other IT systems?

The system integration is responsible for receiving inbound data from ERP and for sending outbound data to any other external system. It works in real-time to provide the most up-to-date information on your display. Comprehensive connectivity across the facility is a key factor influencing the seamless data flow and interoperability of internal and external systems. For the vast majority of implementations, ANT delivers the system along with the necessary ERP integrations to cover the core factory workflows.

  • Inbound and Outbound Interface with external systems like ERP, WMS, APS, Cloud, QMS, EMS, HR, CMMS and more)
  • Built-in import mechanism from auto-generated and properly structured Excel files
  • Resend mechanism for production reports interface

Why ANT?

ANT is an independent software provider for modern manufacturing. Our solutions are designed to make production facilities more flexible, adaptable, and efficient. The software enables real-time visibility into your operations and facilitates collaboration between people, data, and systems so that you can spend less time on operational tasks and more time on innovation.

  • Various products in a single scalable platform
  • Integration with all existing systems
  • Connectivity to all machines
  • Business-lnow-how and tehnical knowledge
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Is It the Right Time to Consider an MES System?

We can suggest several indicators suggest it’s the right time to consider implementing an MES:

  1. Growing Production Complexity: As production lines become more intricate and diversified, an MES can streamline operations, ensuring that every step is optimized and interconnected.
  2. Demand for Real-time Data: In an era where data drives decisions, having real-time insights into your manufacturing processes can be a game-changer. MES provides this data at your fingertips, enabling faster, more informed decisions.
  3. Quality Control Concerns: If maintaining consistent product quality is becoming a challenge, MES can offer tools to monitor and ensure quality throughout the production process.
  4. Scalability Needs: For businesses looking to expand or diversify, an MES system can seamlessly integrate new production lines or processes, ensuring that growth doesn’t compromise efficiency or quality.
  5. Regulatory and Compliance Pressures: Many industries face stringent regulatory requirements. MES systems can help ensure compliance by providing traceability, reporting, and documentation tools.

If you see any of these points in your factory, schedule a presentation!

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Łukasz Iskra

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Why to get a demo?

  • 60-minute online meeting with a dedicated specialist presenting a top system from an industry similar to yours
  • Live modeling of your production process
  • budget quotation after the meeting

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The price of a professional MES system depends on the selected list of functionalities, integration with machines and required equipment (i.e. printers, scanners and computers).  The total cost will depend on the company’s needs and the number of machines that need to be connected to achieve business results. The MES system is unlimited, modular and scalable, and is not tied to a specific number of users or devices, and can therefore be customized to meet the needs of any company. 

The time it takes to implement MES software depends on the company. Some companies can implement it in 3 months, and others in 6 months. The time needed also depends on how much data needs to be collected from the company’s processes and how many people need to be trained to use the new system. A first quote and a concept for the solution can be delivered in as little as 3 days after the meeting. PoC (Proof of Concept) 3 weeks including connecting the machines, and a full rollout of the system in the factory can be ready after 3 months. 

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