MES in Industry 4.0

The central system today and in the future

In the Industry 4.0 discussion, the question is repeatedly asked whether the MES will still have the same meaning in the future. We believe YES: That is why we work with product partners to provide the solutions to the challenges of Industry 4.0.

An MES or, in a broader sense, Manufacturing Operations Management (MOM) has the following main tasks in the production area:

  • Planning the optimal production process
  • Support in decision making
  • Documentation of the production process
  • Monitoring and ensuring product quality and process ability
  • Monitoring and ensuring material and resource availability

All these tasks must be fulfilled in real time.

We believe that optimal results can only be achieved on the basis of a comprehensive information base. This is achieved by a fully integrated central MES.

Of course, the central systems are supplemented by new concepts and structures:

  • Sub-decisions are made as close as possible to the executing agency in accordance with the principle of subsidiarity. This in turn means that the subsystems become more intelligent.
  • Agent systems can deliver optimal results in environments where not all relevant information is available centrally.

In a known environment or production, the best decision can be made on the basis of all available information. This requires a central system, such as an MES.

The integration of the life cycle and the value chain are tasks which are typically closely linked to the MES. In this direction, MES will continue to develop strongly in the future.

On the other hand, the internal structures of the MES will increasingly be characterized by the standards proposed in RAMI (e.g., ISA S95). Like all industry 4.0 components, the MES is to communicate in the future via the management console, based on the RAMI communication standards, above all OPC UA.

The MES products in the znt portfolio are strategically aligned to these challenges.