Manufacturing Execution Systems (MES) Software

Optimize Manufacturing Operations and Improve Production Output

The factory floor is the heartbeat of any manufacturing company. It is a living, breathing, complex environment, with rapidly changing conditions that can affect every other area of the business. It also generates vast amounts of material and product data which must be collected, stored and analyzed to make informed decisions and comply with CGMP regulations. Manufacturing execution systems (MES) software tracks the flow of production data in real time and manages the activities that take place on the factory floor, serving as a crucial link in the end-to-end product lifecycle and providing access to insights that key stakeholders can use to make process improvements and increase production output.

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Functionality and Benefits of Manufacturing Execution Systems (MES) Software

A manufacturing execution system is a computerized system used for real-time documentation, control and management of the manufacturing process including machines, personnel and support services. MES systems track critical production activities and resources, link administration with the shop floor, and are often integrated with other applications used for purchasing, shipping-receiving, inventory control, quality control and assurance, and maintenance and scheduling, such as material requirements planning (MRP) and enterprise resource planning (ERP) systems.

The key functions of MES software include:

  • Product definition management.
  • Resource management.
  • Process scheduling.
  • Order dispatch and execution.
  • Production data collection.
  • Production performance analysis.
  • Production track and trace.

The main benefits of MES software include:

  • Product definition management.
  • Resource management.
  • Process scheduling.
  • Order dispatch and execution.
  • Production data collection.
  • Production performance analysis.
  • Production track and trace.

Who Should Use Manufacturing Execution Systems (MES) Software?

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and other regulatory bodies mandate thorough and accurate record keeping of key manufacturing data and activities to determine if a manufacturing company – regardless of its size or budget – is in compliance with applicable regulations and directives (e.g., FDA 21 CFR Part 11), and to ensure products meet their specifications. Furthermore, production records are crucial to timely mitigation in the unfortunate event of a product recall. Some companies choose to maintain these documents manually using a paper-based or hybrid system, which can be inefficient and compromise data integrity.

Manufacturing execution system software can benefit any manufacturer that wants to streamline its record-keeping and production processes. However, despite its many benefits, the complexity of MES software means that implementation and routine validation can be too expensive for many manufacturers, a cost that can typically only be justified in large companies with heavily automated, high-volume production lines.

Increase MES Software Efficiency and Compliance With Automation

While an MES system collects and stores some of the critical manufacturing data that is needed to compile a compliant batch record, device history record and other required documentation, this data can be cumbersome to extract and leverage. MasterControl Manufacturing Excellence solutions are designed to integrate with MES software and use the essential production information to provide easier access to data insights and automatically generate compliant, customizable production records.

MasterControl Manufacturing Excellence software can help your company:

  • Increase data integrity and transparency: Gain easier access to critical production data and increase confidence in data accuracy by digitizing, integrating and automating your manufacturing processes.
  • Streamline documentation: MasterControl Manufacturing Excellence automatically compiles the information required to build compliant production records such as batch records, device history records (DHR), batch production records (BPR), history records, production travelers and more.
  • Improve real-time decision-making with data mining: Increased visibility of crucial production information and processes combined with predictive analytics capabilities equates to more confident and timely decision-making in response to changing conditions.
  • Account for the human element in production processes: Manufacturing equipment and processes are not the only factors that impact product quality and production capacity. MasterControl Manufacturing Excellence also provides insights into employee training, proper usage of SOPs and team performance.
  • Maximize production uptime: With data available at your fingertips, quality events and bottlenecks can be quickly identified and addressed.
  • Fast track the digital transformation journey: Enjoy significant time and cost efficiencies by replacing error-prone manual

Learn More About MasterControl Manufacturing Excellence

For more information about MasterControl Manufacturing Excellence and how it enhances manufacturing execution systems (MES) software, please contact a MasterControl representative.