An MES ensures the right information is delivered to the right people and equipment, at the right time, so that products are made with the right quality, for the right cost. Recipes are automatically downloaded, ensuring equipment is set up properly and the correct materials are used, and that standard procedures are followed. Test plans are enforced; quality results are monitored in real-time; and off-spec product is prevented from entering the supply chain. Asset performance is monitored continuously to ensure availability and throughput.
And not only does an MES enforce good manufacturing practices, it creates an end-to-end digital record of everything that takes place, providing a rich repository of data to support root-cause-analysis and continuous improvement efforts.