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Why Manufacturing Execution System (MES)?

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Manufacturing Execution Systems (MES) are highly powerful automated systems deployed in manufacturing to track the transformation of raw material to finished product in your production line. MES keeps up with your production process in real-time and is used to optimize all aspects of your production line.

  1. What Can You Do With MES?
  2. What To Look For in an MES

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What Can You Do With MES?

1. Analyze Production and Downtime Management for Overall Equipment Effectiveness

OEE scores are probably one of your most important top-level metrics. An MES gives you actionable insights into quality, performance and availability details with the aim of maximizing each category.


There are a number of factors that could modify ratios of usable products coming off of your production line. And integrated solution allows you to look at every step of your process for possible quality control opportunities.


MES provides insights into both sides of the performance metric. On the planning side, you can get the information you need to create the most productive line and change the layout when necessary. On the practice side, you can keep track of order execution and resource scheduling to get as close to the theoretical goal as possible.


Through enhanced reports powered by integration with order execution and product definitions, an MES can help increase your availability score. Getting these step-by-step reports back from the floor has several advantages. Correlating loss events with other data could inform scheduling of maintenance and identify problem resources, for example. It all goes towards decreasing the frequency of the specific type of unscheduled downtime you're experiencing.

The right information can help you climb to the top of your industry in OEE scores. 

2. Engage in Materials Track and Trace

Your products undoubtedly undergo complex transformations, but everything starts with the materials. Understanding their status during every step of the process allows you to keep better records for inventory control, quality standards compliance and any number of other functions.

MES track-and-trace functions give you the oversight you need to understand where your materials are going and what is happening to them every step of the way. This granular data provides direct support for other functions, such as OEE scoring and resource scheduling, to help inform decisions about resource commitment, order timing and other enterprise-level concerns.

From intake to finished product, tracking and tracing with an MES lets you tell a detailed story about what happens to each of your materials. See how Intraratio solutions could integrate into your system by scheduling a demo now.

3. Improve Order Execution and Dispatch

Manufacturing managers need to define the processes necessary to complete orders in a set amount of time, either working forward from the day materials are received or backward from a due date. Order execution planning and the scheduling control element, order dispatch, typically happen at the MES level.

Stay Flexible at Scale:

When things don't go exactly according to schedule, your plan might need to change across your enterprise. Lower-than-expected efficiency, longer maintenance times or a steep learning curve could all have an effect on whether orders come through on time.

You need to make the right changes as soon as possible to prevent production delays. That's where MES comes in.

Get Relevant Information:

Real-time reporting allows you to manage production and provides a top-level, updated view of order scheduling and execution as information comes back from the floor. If things are going slower than expected, data from MES would suggest which action you need to take to make your goals, such as retraining or increasing resource commitments.

Accurate order execution makes happy clients. Book a demo today to see what MES tools can add to your production management practice.

4. Measure Product Quality

Anyone who is involved with a growing manufacturing enterprise knows that higher production and competitive pricing can threaten quality. An MES lets you keep track of custom product quality metrics and compare them to other elements of production.

Product quality is about more than just satisfying customers in highly regulated industries, such as chemical, pharmaceutical and food manufacturing. Through integration with resource scheduling, product definition and other systems, an MES can inform quality improvement decisions about every aspect of production:

  • Materials
  • Equipment
  • Training
  • Scheduling

Then, you can track the effect of your changes in real time as information comes back from the production floor. You can also push the MES data out to other systems.

An MES allows integration with other important systems, such as MRP, MRP II and ERP. It scales up seamlessly to multiple work centers, creating enterprise-wide quality oversight and control. See what a customized management and tracking system could do for you by scheduling a demo today.

5. Schedule Resources and Control Inventory

Resource management is critically important to manufacturing. After all, your orders won't get filled on time if you don't have adequate levels of material, equipment or labor resources.

An MES provides a framework for oversight and analysis of resource scheduling and control.

Here are a few of the specific things these systems can do for your manufacturing enterprise:

  • Track the use of labor, uptime and materials
  • Utilize product definition and order execution data for resource scheduling
  • Manage orders to maintain or decrease on-hand inventory

The closer you are to real-time reporting with this data, the better control you have over your inventory tracking and consumption. Intraratio has an innovative step-by-step system that lets you see exactly when each material is consumed.

As with other functions of an MES, you can communicate resource scheduling and inventory control information easily across enterprises. It can also feed into MRP, MRP II and ERP systems. 

What To Look For in an MES

Evaluating MES options to meet your company’s unique needs is crucial. Here are the facets of MES technology that need to be considered:

Level of traceability needed

  • Many options provide some level of traceability. However, some options to more granular levels than others. For example, Intraratio’s RunCard offers Serialized Traceability, which allows you to track materials to a serial level. 

 Serialized Traceability is Driving Real Change

Cloud-based or deployed on-site

  • Do you require your system to be deployed on-premise, in the cloud, or a hybrid of both?
  • Based on production volume data requirements, flexible solutions can be beneficial.
  • Read on about what deployment option is right for you.

Cloud and On-Premise Manufacturing Execution System


  • Do you need to integrate your MES with an ERP?
  • Will the solution you’re considering seamlessly integrate with data feeds from suppliers across the world?
  • These integration options are important to ensure improved performance and inventory tracking. Reduce your costs by eliminating manual transactions and supply chain errors.

Integration: ERP Systems and MES Working Together for Greater Output

The in-house IT resources you’re willing to devote

  • Some MES’s will require sizeable IT involvement from company to manage and assist in the installation of your system.
  • Intraratio’s RunCard system is not one of those. Our flexible system can be deployed on the could or on-premise and has one of the quickest installation cycles of any MES on the market
  • Learn more about the cost-saving benefits of flexible MES like RunCard

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

As digitization has taken root in manufacturing over the last few decades, two particular types of systems that overlap in functionality but maintain distinct purposes have garnered attention and debate: Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) and the Manufacturing Execution System (MES).

Exploring the core functions of each of these applications can help decision makers determine whether one of these systems or the other, or both working.

Learn More About MES vs ERP

Guidance for Better Manufacturing Operations

MES provides the digital backbone for Industry 4.0 and the Intelligent Enterprise.

Intraratio can help you discover the power of MES and yield management systems for your manufacturing process. Arrange now to speak with an MES expert who can guide you through the ins and outs of customizing an advanced solution for your operation.

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