Most large manufacturers already use ERP systems to optimize their operations across the business. However, ERP software solutions usually do not offer production modules and, therefore, have gaps in managing manufacturing execution. The MES takes over where the ERP system ends: on the shop floor. The MES system schedules and manages batch runs and optimizes quality management during production, which is usually not covered by an ERP system.
Digitizing the production floor is a major investment in the efficiency and success of a manufacturing business. However, manufacturers want to know beforehand what costs are involved, how disruptive the implementation of a digital manufacturing execution system might become and particularly, what ROI they can expect from digitizing the production floor.
An increasing number of food and pharmaceutical manufacturers have identified the digitization of their production floor as a means to increase profits, reduce waste and business risk. Digital processes replace existing paper-based quality, production and batch checklists
As consumers and brands increasingly focus on environmental and social sustainability, more and more food manufacturers are defining goals to tackle food waste during production.
In an increasingly complex global food supply chain, manufacturers, growers, and distributors alike are pushed to ramp up their traceability procedures and efforts to implement transparency.
Accelerating the time to market of their products is one of the key objectives of most food manufacturers, as it means delivering fresher products of very high quality much faster to the consumer – saving time and money and increasing customer satisfaction.