Manufacturing execution system (MES) provides real-time data that is used to monitor and track all of the processes on the shop floor. It monitors the entire life-cycle of a product from receipt of a purchase order to the invoicing of a finished good.
MES collects date from multiple elements of the digital manufacturing enterprise and turns it into actionable insights from the shop floor to the top floor. It provides all personnel real-time visibility, access, and control over the production process.
In the ISA 95 architecture, MES operates at the “level-2” or the “manufacturing operations management” level. It helps communication between field level and node level systems with enterprise-level systems. MES also enables operational aspects like scheduling, production, and quality management.
Today, guided analytics has empowered MES with the ability to decentralize tactical decisions through the power of decision support systems and predictive analytics. This has accelerated the lead time in response to a failure on the floor. It has also enabled harnessing the wisdom of experienced floor personnel towards optimizing day-to-day floor activities.