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System MES - Manufacturing Execution System

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Measure and analyse your production process with MES system and indicate places for greater improvement

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What is Manufacturing Execution System (MES)?

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

  • Provides a comprehensive overview of production analytics.
  • Identifies underperforming processes and malfunctions.
  • Enables correction of root issues for improved productivity and resource allocation.
  • Aids in quality control to maintain industry compliance.
  • Minimises product defects for consistent excellence in manufacturing.
  • Streamlines communication within the organisation.
  • Helps reduce downtime, increasing plant effectiveness.

What is the difference between MES and ERP?

The difference between Manufacturing Execution Systems (MES) and Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) systems lies in their core functionalities, focus areas, and operational scope within an organization. While both systems are pivotal in modern business management and aim to increase efficiency and streamline operations, they serve distinct roles within an enterprise.

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MES (Manufacturing Execution System)
ERP (Enterprise Resource Planning)

Focus

Specific to manufacturing processes and shop floor operations

Broad, integrates various business processes across the entire organisation

Primary Objective

Optimising and monitoring production processes in real-time

Streamlining and integrating all business operations

Key Functions

Real-time production tracking, quality control, machine efficiency

Financial management, supply chain management, HR, CRM

Scope

Operational control at the production level

Strategic management and planning at the organisational level

Data Handling

Detailed, operational data focused on manufacturing

Aggregated data across various business functions

User Base

Primarily used by production managers and shop floor personnel

Used by various departments including finance, HR, sales, etc.

Impact

Directly affects production efficiency and product quality

Affects overall business efficiency, resource allocation, and strategic planning

What problems does the MES system from ANT Solutions solve?

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  • 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.

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  • 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.

  • Poor tracking of production and production order fulfilment.

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  • Uncontrolled production of defects.

  • Inadequate traceability of production processes.

  • Too many scrap and defects.

  • Manually generated SPC reports.

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  • Lack of immediate information about the failure in the maintenance department.

  • Too much downtime.

  • No windows available for inspections and repairs.

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  • Lack of system integration 

  • Multiple systems across one. facility instead of one. 

  • Lost access to the prodution system.

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  • 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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What are the key benefits of MES software in production?

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OEE & OTIF increase

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

less-defects

Less defects

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

traceability

Traceability

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

What our clients say about ANT MES system?

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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
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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 fast MES system can be implemented?

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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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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

Is It the Right Time to Consider a 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.

Further reading: Why OEE drops after MES implementation?

Where ANT MES System can be implemented?

  • Modern MES software benefits all production industries.
  • ANT has implemented systems in FMCG, Pharma, Automotive & Aviation, and High Volume Production.
  • Provides clear results and transforms production processes towards Industry 4.0.

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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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