Manufacturing Execution System (MES)
Manufacturing Execution Systems (MES) are software solutions that ensure that quality and efficiency are built into the manufacturing process and are systematically enforced. Manufacturing Execution Systems connect multiple plants, sites and vendors’ live production information, and integrate easily with equipment, controllers and business applications. The result is complete visibility, control and manufacturing optimization of production and processes across the enterprise.
Manufacturing Execution Systems monitor and synchronize manufacturing activities across globally distributed plants; and link them in real-time to the enterprise for optimal performance. MES tracks product and order details on the plant floor, collects transactions for reporting to financial and planning systems, and electronically dispatches orders and manufacturing instructions to shop floor personnel. MES eliminates human error in manufacturing by providing real-time quality data checks, yield monitoring, automatic enforcement of specifications and business rules, and as-manufactured lot, batch, device or unit traceability – all resulting in improved product and process quality, and higher productivity. Paperless manufacturing with MES helps to reduce scrap and eliminates paperwork errors and redundant checks. MES provides the flexibility to model and change complex processes and enforce them immediately. Manufacturing Execution also provides the real-time feedback needed to quickly identify and resolve issues for continuous product and process improvement and optimization of manufacturing processes.
Quality Management System (QMS)
Quality Management Systems (QMS) are software solutions that typically include Event Management, and Nonconformance Management systems. A QMS that creates a closed-loop quality process proactively monitors events from any source – including supplier issues, manufacturing nonconformances, complaints, service, and audits – across local, distributed, or outsourced operations – to identify potential problems before a quality issue occurs. Closed-loop Quality Management provides root cause analysis, rapid containment and corrective action methods to minimize the scope and impact of quality issues when they do occur. QMS ensures compliance with corporate and industry regulations, and also enables quality programs such as Lean and Six Sigma to advance product quality and prevent adverse events.
Supplier Network Quality
Supplier Network Quality solutions enable collaboration with globally dispersed sites, component suppliers and contract manufacturers to proactively ensure that products meet specifications. Supplier Network Quality solutions acquire data from suppliers, contract manufacturers (CMs),original design manufacturers (ODMs), manufacturing sites and service centers through connections with test equipment, automation and control systems, databases and direct data entry. Data is aggregated, interpreted and optimized for analysis, and intelligence techniques offer unprecedented visibility, discovery, and alerting capabilities.
For brand owners, Supplier Quality Networks deliver early visibility and real-time manufacturing process intelligence, driving quality from suppliers, CMs and ODMs, - preventing costly rework and scrap downstream. Supplier Quality Networks help manufacturers analyze and determine root cause of return materials and warranty claims and accelerate process improvements with visibility into test and quality results. Supplier Quality Networks deliver electronic Certificates of Compliance (COC), eliminating the need for frequent and disruptive on-site audits and improving supplier ratings. Manufacturers can effectively monitor the product across the value-chain - through the lifecycle from prototypes to production; through the value chain from suppliers to final manufacturing to end users to service and returns.
Supplier Quality Networks reduce customer returns, cut service repair costs, eliminate tester false alarms, prevent inadequate test procedures and enable zero quality escapes from supplier to brand-owner. Cloud-based Supplier Network Quality solutions are delivered as Software as a Service (SaaS), requiring no hardware or software installation.