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Exploring the Core Functions of an MES System | Exenta™ - Without Limits™

No matter the product, in the manufacturing industry, speed to market is critical. Now more than ever, it is imperative for manufacturing and distribution companies to increase their efficiency on the shop floor and their speed to market without sacrificing quality. To do this, companies must leverage software solutions such as a manufacturing execution system (MES). An MES system bridges the gap between different manufacturing operations and improves production efficiency through worker performance feedback, real-time data collection, and more.

What is Exenta Shop Floor Control MES?

Today, many manufacturers are still using legacy systems that rely on gum sheets and manual data entry. Without a modern MES software system, companies are missing the proper checks and balances needed to address issues on the shop floor, leaving many decisions to be made by operators, therefore opening companies up to miscommunication and costly errors. By having a manufacturing execution system such as a shop floor control system, data entry is automated, workers are more productive, and overall communication improves across the shop floor.

Exenta Shop Floor Control MES not only increases productivity, efficiency and communication on the manufacturing floor, the system also reduces throughput time, improves visibility and control, manages costs and product quality, and more. To understand this complex system, it is important to understand manufacturing execution systems’ core functions and the advantages that follow.

Real-time Data Collection and Acquisition

Using wireless networking, Shop Floor Control MES collects production data in real-time, providing extensive visibility and control into production all on one collaborative and web-based management dashboard available for most smart devices. As products are assembled on the manufacturing floor, the MES system is tracking, scheduling, and reporting on the progress. Employees can scan barcodes on garment pieces as they work rather that writing everything down by hand, improving efficiency instantaneously. Improved efficiency and productivity translates to increased profitability.

Labor Management

Many manufacturers still pay their operators an hourly base rate along with a piece rate. Studies have recently shown that workers who are compensated solely by piece rate have lower levels of anxiety, as their wages do not vary as much, and they can see the direct relationship between piece rate and pay. With an MES system, workers are provided pay transparency through direct visibility of their productivity rates such as piece rate, bonuses, and total pay per shift. This gives workers on the shop floor the ability to have more control over their wages and therefore increasing efficiency across the manufacturing floor. With Exenta Shop Floor Control, payroll is calculated automatically with the option to export data to a third-party payroll service.

Plant Floor Visibility and Quality Control

MES technology allows for unprecedented visibility and control on the manufacturing floor. To achieve maximum performance levels, manufacturers need the most advanced visibility across all levels of the manufacturing process, including a drill-down view of each operator. With Shop Floor Control MES, wireless dashboards provide instant access to key performance indicators (KPIs) for any date and time. To increase productivity and efficiency, a high level of visibility is needed for both management and operators. Exenta Shop Floor Control provides a screen called “Daily Targets” that displays units produced, target goals, and other production data points in real-time.

With Shop Floor Control MES, management receives visuals showing all WIP across production, allowing supervisors to view and analyze various performance indicators. Not only does management have access to indicators such as quality and downtime, they also have real-time information regarding defects, repairs, and other issues during the production process that helps management identify and address problem areas. By addressing a problem quickly in the manufacturing stage, management can then avoid further costly issues down the line.

There are many additional core MES functions and benefits including reduced absenteeism, minimized off-standard time, better management of large orders, inventory control, and more. Learn more about the extensive benefits of an MES system by reading our informational white paper here.

To see what an industry-leading Shop Floor Control MES system can do for your business, request a demo.