A system for production management or ERP?
MES (Manufacturing Execution System), or Production Implementation System and ERP (Enterprise Resource Planning), or Enterprise Resource Planning, are two control systems that use information technology, software, applications, electronic devices, various automation elements to collect information inside the company and transpose them on the business area.
Advantages of MES and ERP systems
The goal of both systems is to show the current and true image of the company in terms of production and management, analysis of key production efficiency indicators, indicators of the use of the production machinery potential, showing all the processes occurring in the organization of the enterprise.
The ultimate goal of implementing both systems is to improve, increase production, incur sales indicators, better organization within the company, increase the motivation of the staff, and all this will result in the final economic growth and increase of the company’s value.
Both systems achieve different paths to their goals. MES works in real time. The production information is collected directly in the machinery hall, from the machines themselves and with the participation of production employees. Thanks to this system, at any time we know at what stage is and to what extent the production is made, which enables, in real time, to make decisions on the whole production process on an ongoing basis. The information provided from the system is involved in the analysis of current performance indicators for each of the machines and the whole machine hall as well as the entire production, giving an overview of the actual use of the production potential.
MES system – benefits
The benefits of using the MES system are manifold, some of them are noticeable immediately after the implementation of the system, the part is visible over a longer period of time. First of all, there is an increase in productivity in each area by reducing the production cycle time, lowering its costs, improving the quality of production, increasing the utilization rate of machine room production capacity, reducing downtime, also unplanned ones, increasing the OFE ratio.
The MES system works with the ERP system. It is one of the communication channels providing ERP information from the production hall. The implementation of the ERP system in the enterprise guarantees a number of benefits in the process of implementing the company’s target strategies by, among others, improving the company’s operations. The ERP system is a system of applications that, implemented in the company, will lead to improvement and, above all, integration of all processes taking place during company management, including production. ERP software creates for the company an interactive environment that analyzes all business processes taking place in the company, and thus; marketing, warehouse, sales and purchase, production and service, finance and accounting. The ERP system provides processed data in real time and allows you to make changes in the same mode. Compatibility management system allows you to work on the network through web browsers. The system can be directly used to manage contacts with clients and business partners. All analytical tools installed in the program allow for effective and rational management of the business sphere.
The ERP system supported by MES integrates the flow of information coming from the machine hall with business information. It provides real-time information on the progress of production processes and their performance. It creates the conditions for ongoing analysis of profitability of production and its current costs.The MES system supporting current production enables collision-free introduction of new production lines and new products. By carefully analyzing every aspect of production, it allows you to shorten production time. The system stores information, corrects it and activates it on every request.
Conclusion – what is better?
The most productive solution is the coexistence of both systems. Only raising the level of administrative management of a company without the sphere of production or vice versa limits the possibility of affecting the functioning of the enterprise.