Smart Manufacturing 08/26/2022

Three good reasons why medium-sized manufacturers deserve the best MES

Three good reasons why medium-sized manufacturers deserve the best MES

A Manufacturing Execution System (MES) controls the core processes of value creation, in large companies as well as in medium-sized companies - and thus significantly influences the company's success. Nevertheless, medium-sized companies often limit their selection and introduction to the middle class. Experienced advisors from znt Richter advise against this for three reasons.

Same challenges - same opportunities

When large or small companies introduce a Manufacturing Execution System, they want to use it to better manage their challenges economically. Depending on the course of the economy, the price pressure increases or decreases. In sectors such as medical technology, the requirements for documentation and traceability of products are increasing. There is currently a shortage of electronic components, from simple capacitors to modern microprocessors, which necessitates partial batch production and frequent changeovers. In many places, the complexity of the products is growing due to more components, the combination of mechanics, sensors, electronics and software as well as the increasing number of variants and increasing individualization.

This also complicates the introduction of new products (NPI) - which must take place in ever shorter cycles in all industries. The search for manufacturing information, its verification and the implementation of production-related changes are intensifying. Manufacturers quickly reach the limits of their paper-based processes - which can be overcome with end-to-end digitilization and MES.

These challenges apply to medium-sized companies as well as large companies - which incidentally often produce in small units. Consequently, the functions and properties of an MES with which they can be mastered do not differ significantly.

Integrated sustainability

The MES Opcenter Execution (formerly Camstar Enterprise) recommended by znt Richter is regarded worldwide as a particularly broad, comprehensive and functionally leading solution. The specific characteristics, for example for medical technology, electronics or semiconductor production, are based on in-depth industry knowledge and reflect many proven procedures. It is part of the Xcelerate portfolio from Siemens Digital Industries Software and thus offers numerous interfaces within the largest digitization platform in the world. The external integration options are just as comprehensive and numerous, from the leading ERP systems to design and development to process automation and machine control.
Those who opt for such a digitization basis gain the security of being able to meet all future requirements and challenges.

Successful implementation partner

This is especially true if you have the right service provider at your side. Just as in motorsport the fastest vehicle is most likely to find the best drivers, leading software systems also attract experienced service providers. In znt Richter, medium-sized manufacturing companies find a partner at eye level who knows what is important. Experience, successful project methods, quick reactions and a high level of motivation are just as important as our own, complementary product portfolio. Our Process Automation Controller (PAC) ensures a real, comprehensive integration of the common production facilities into the MES and thus enables a continuous digitilization of the production processes.