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Q&A with Market Researcher Taylor Short, Software Advice

2/16/2017

To thrive, manufacturers in today’s accelerating global markets must master the management of change. In fact, organizations using a manufacturing execution system (MES) are proving to be a powerful tactic to ensure that decision makers receive the information they need quickly, accurately, and on demand. This helps provide the intelligence needed to understand and manage change.

Here is a Software Advice Q&A on further insights into a MES and key findings. Chart of Functional Areas of MRP, MES and ERP Software

You recently published a report "Manufacturing Maintenance: How Does an MES Help?" What were some of the important takeaways? 

"Based on interviews with Paul Ellis, director of sales at Epicor, and insights from Gartner’s "Market Guide for Manufacturing Execution System Software” we identified key aspects to keep in mind when seeking an MES," said Taylor Short of Software Advice, a company that hosts reviews of maintenance management systems. "Our big takeaways: look for an integrated system offering real-time production schedules, move toward predictive maintenance, and find a vendor that can customize the system to include the features you need and to capture the data you want.

A manufacturing execution system steps in between the functional areas of MRPs and ERPs to focus on the quality management and maintenance needs for the actual production line. Having a system in place that is tailored specifically to what you are producing helps organizations improve their output over time.”

How does a MES help with a maintenance professional’s daily tasks?

"Epicor Mattec MES includes the functionality to optimize production by monitoring the real-time condition of assets on the line, while also offering maintenance personnel the ability to create preventive maintenance tasks and determine root causes to critical failures. This combination ensures maximum uptime and quality."

Why is it particularly important to enhance manufacturing efficiency in 2017?

"The U.S. manufacturing industry is in a significant boom period, so it’s a great time to invest in technologies that will push your production beyond the competition. An MES gives organizations the tools to improve quality and increase productivity so that your organization can achieve industry-leading efficiency."

What features should I look for in a quality MES?

"When seeking an MES, find vendors that offer the ability to tailor the system to fit your needs depending on what type of manufacturing you perform. Secondly, you should look for an MES with strong reporting and analytics. A system that matches your particular needs and offers insightful data is a combination that is likely to lead to a successful implementation."

What are some software selection best practices?

"I always recommend that software buyers assess needs and determine "must-have" features, consider software cost and preferred deployment models, create a short list of solutions, and set up product demos with vendors. If needed, confer with a technology consultant to make sure you’re on track before making a significant investment. Be sure to consult product reviews from current users, and if possible, speak with peers to find out what benefits and challenges they have experienced with systems. Most importantly, make sure the proper integrations are available, and you have a plan for implementation. Follow these steps and you’re well on your way to selecting the right tech to help your business thrive."

Posted by @SoftwareAdvice

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