Tag Archives: manufacturing execution system

Can you See the Silver Lining in Compliance?

The old adage is “every cloud has a silver lining.” Finding the positive in what is typically considered a negative can be powerful.  Can you do it with compliance? Most manufacturers rebel against compliance requirements.  Whether the demand for compliance is from a customer or a regulatory body, if the company views it only as […]

Comments ( 0 )

Selecting MES

How does a company define their needs and select a manufacturing execution system (MES) to meet them? In existing plants, the way things have always been done can get in the way of clarity about requirements. With a new product or a greenfield plant that is still under construction, the needs may not be completely […]

Comments ( 0 )

The next wave of MES in semiconductor

Sometimes pioneers find that 20 years later, the territory that they discover becomes very heavily populated, and changes drastically. The buildings that they erected are now dilapidated. The new settlers come with fresh newfangled approaches and things. In some cases, a wave simply comes and washes the village away, leaving only rubble. This is the […]

Comments ( 0 )

Scheduling Embedded in MES

One of the most rewarding jobs I had was marketing plant floor scheduling software. We were able to optimize the operations of many manufacturers back in the day with that technology.  Think about how important it is to know WHEN to do things and WHICH resources are available to do them at that time! Especially […]

Comments ( 2 )

Have MES Come of Age?

Have we learned enough to succeed consistently? It’s the age-old question for manufacturing execution systems and operations management systems (MES/MOM). The technology is mature enough, but the practices for selecting, implementing, adopting and sustaining them… well that’s still an outstanding question. Tomorrow I have the good fortune to moderate a MESA International webcast where Rick […]

Comments ( 1 )

Streamline IT with MES for quality

It’s always great when you can be both more effective and more cost-effective by making a single move. This is something companies can do by combining quality management into their manufacturing execution system (MES). It will not only streamline your IT infrastructure, but also improve the effectiveness of both quality and manufacturing functions. Let’s examine […]

Comments ( 0 )

This old saw is broken: If it “ain’t broke” don’t fix it

There is an old saw where I come from that I now find is nearly always poor advice: If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it. (Sorry for non-native English speakers – an old saw is a maxim – it’s supposedly words of wisdom.) Awful grammar aside, the world is constantly changing and people who don’t […]

Comments ( 0 )

Why Plant Information Matters: Because People Matter

As my career continues, I’m often asked what I do. Being a consultant and researcher on manufacturing software, specializing in plant floor software, it can be difficult to explain. And even more difficult to explain why I’m so dedicated to it. I’m finding a way to articulate what I hope to accomplish: helping companies create […]

Comments ( 1 )

Merger Bright with Promise and Vision – Will it Deliver?

Is consolidation a blessing or a curse? Is becoming part of larger organization a better place to be or not? As another Manufacturing Execution System/Operations Management (MES/MOM) provider is being acquired by a larger company, I ask these questions. Dassault Systemes has agreed to acquire Apriso and since they are both clients I know them […]

Comments ( 0 )