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What is MES?


Manufacturing Execution Systems

Manufacturing Execution Systems

So, what is MES exactly?

A manufacturing execution system is an electronic information system that helps the manufacturing process become more efficient. Steps in the manufacturing process are tracked in real time, documented and controlled.

The main goal of MES is to maintain high performance and improve production. MES offers a lot of variation in systems to help customize a solution that meets your requirements.

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Functions of MES:


Data Collection

Real-time data collection from the complete production lifecycle.

Employee Management

Analyze your employees to find their best qualities to utilize them in the most effective ways.

Product Tracking

Track work-in-progress (WIP) through production in intermediate steps.

Performance Analysis

Find out what can be optimized in your process and become more efficient.

Quality Assurance

Optimize quality and reduce warranty claims by capturing all quality data.

Maintenance Management and Support

Schedule and plan for preventive maintenance for production tools.


Benefits of a manufacturing execution system:

  • Reduces WIP
  • Reduces labor costs
  • Improves product quality
  • Improves customer service/customer satisfaction
  • Improves supply chain visibility

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The Manufacturing Enterprise Solutions Association (MESA) International created the first MES Model.

MES Model from www.mes.org

Manufacturing organizations managed and automated their accounts with software applications in the 1970s. Those apps were improved in order to provide the standard inventory management features. After those apps were improved and standardized, the MRP (Material Requirements Planning) systems came into play i n the late 1970s/early 1980s.

MES began as simple data collection and turned into a more modern software.

MESA-11 Model from searcherp.techtarget.com

Now you can have Odoo MES solutions to optimize outcomes.

Implementing Odoo as a Basis of your MES Strategy

Implementing an MES system will require you to collect a huge amount of data. Centralizing information and making sure you have a streamlined process is the ground basis for implementing MES.

Odoo is an open source system and therefore, you have access to all the information in the system. Having Postgresql as it's database engine, means that you can have a powerful database to support your data collection needs. And when you send orders from Odoo to MES, it will be seamless. Using MES in Odoo will be user-friendly while helping you achieve more of your goals.

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