|dc.description.abstract||Manufacturing Execution Systems (MES) today allow companies to track production from order entry thru shipment to the customer. The reality is that many companies are not using this type software in their manufacturing but instead have been investing in Enterprise Resource Planning systems (ERP) which are not created to monitor real-time manufacturing (De Bernardini, 2013).
Today many companies are making production decisions on purely historical data which is too late to take action on the findings (Miklosey, 2013). Many companies have devised a combination of solutions, both with paper and paperless records that have been created to solve a problem at a given moment. Miklosey calls these type of solutions “archipelago of components.” Givaudan, the world's largest producer of flavors and fragrance, fits this description with sites individually trying to meet corporate standards that tell them to monitor production but lack the “how to” directions for each site.
Bob Miklosey states that implementing an MES radically changes manufacturing and creates a holistic approach that is more natural and involves floor personnel, engineers, Quality and management. Operators become part of the quality system, not just someone recording a manual entry that is part of a historical record. Quality and Maintenance are updated in real time to process upsets and can quickly respond to issues before they become critical.
Miklosey points out a byproduct of an MES will be rich analytical data living in the MES for reporting and action. The system will bring KPI’s and quality metrics to life in real time.||