Column:WHY USE MES? Time:2015-01-07

    I am already using ERP system, why do I need MES?

    In fact, discrete manufacturing companies in all industries need to manage business process information in one integrated ERP system or from multiple IT systems incorporating spreadsheets. Many typical areas of these systems require special attention: sales, CRM, finance, purchasing/purchasing, warehousing, human resources, quality management, and production planning.

    Today, manufacturing companies face tight economic and competitive pressures: margins are shrinking, lead times are tight, production cycles are shortening, and products are becoming more complex.

    In many manufacturing companies, major costs in the production value chain are not reflected in detail and transparently.What's more, many of the target data in the production domain that is typically maintained by ERP systems or e-forms are all estimated based on assumptions or past experience.

    Without a manufacturing execution system, the problem is always the same:

    · how reliable are workshop feedback data (equipment running time, downtime, capacity, waste causes, utilization and production efficiency, efficiency, etc.)?

    · how much delay is there between the workshop data feedback at the bottom and the data identification of the ERP system at the top?

    · what are the real labor costs (working days and hours) that need to be provided to the upper ERP system?

    · why do we still have so many lead time problems even though we are not running at full capacity?

    · why did we fail to make the expected profit despite our full production capacity and best turnover?

    The reason is that there are only a limited number of IT systems on site in the workshop, and these systems are usually guided by mechanical control and automation.Or there is no IT system at all, so there must be extra management staff, spend extra time, generate a lot of documents, delay time, search, add extra cost for unnecessary communication, contact, contact, telephone consultation.There is a gap between the upper management (ERP systems, APS systems, e-forms, etc.) and the lower workshop environment, resulting in inefficiency and additional costs that reduce overall company performance.

    The gap can be closed!The answer is to build an executive system (MES) HYDRA!


    The standard and modular MES is a coordination information system between the workshop and the senior ERP system.MES HYDRA provides transparency of workshop information that is not normally provided by an ERP system.HYDRA builds on the standardized software capabilities of mature modules and has been proven in various industrial production conditions.

    ERP connectivity: MES HYDRA provides a reliable data interface between upper management systems, such as an ERP system, and the lower workshop (operating terminals and equipment).

    Workshop level connectivity (operator): HYDRA has surpassed the level of acceptance by operators in the workshop because the terminal interface is designed to be easily accepted by operators with different cultural backgrounds, education and knowledge levels.

    Shop-level connectivity (equipment) : any equipment can be virtually easily connected to the system through standardized solutions, including whether it is the latest machining centers or robots, or even manual equipment with the most outdated control technologies.

    What can we do with it?What benefits can HYDRA bring us?

    Process transparency!Traditional management cost accounting model USES unit cost or unit cost to deduce production performance.Clearly, these unit costs contain a significant amount of overhead costs (over 90%).(note: material costs are not considered!).The result is that further unit cost transformation is difficult to achieve, whether using new technology in a particular technical process, reducing salaries, or many other metrics.This phenomenon is often referred to as the "unit cost trap" or "unit cost trap" :

    The process potential in the complete internal value-added chain is very large, but has not been developed by many manufacturing companies. MES HYDRA will now enable you to develop your process potential easily and reliably in real time:

    · what are your major reasons for scrapping and why?

    · what is the main cause of your mechanical failure and what is it?

    · where is your main raw material idle time?

    · where, what, why, when, who, how...These are all related to equipment, tools, working environment, team, cost center, production order, project order, parts, materials, material batch, process, QA problem, personnel, pass rate, etc.

    The following illustration shows a typical real-life question to answer using HYDRA with just one click of the mouse!

    Automobile manufacturers, food and beverage manufacturers, pharmaceutical industry:

    Meet all your production documentation and material tracking requirements (automotive: ISO/TS 16949;Food and beverage/pharmaceutical: FDA requirement)

    Pipe and coil manufacturer:

    Track your pipes and coils, including additional material batch in (1) printed with packing backing paper or (2) mother compass metal cracking or (3) tapered rolls etc...

    Summary: HYDRA has become the planning tool you use to ensure and promote your superior production. It makes your manufacturing, human resources, and quality management extremely transparent and exposes the most pervasive distractions in your production environment. By reducing these negative process impacts and continuously monitoring your results, the complete process will be improved to the greatest extent possible. These will be converted into improved utilization, power and efficiency, etc., reducing production costs, gradually increasing output efficiency, and finally obtaining higher profits!