Global Deployment Strategy
To begin your deployment process, it is vital that you take a detailed look at your current status. In order to determine your first steps, you must be acutely aware of your current professional situation. The better you understand the direction and content of the journey (the “road map”), the smother the trip will be. The best method to understand where you are is to measure yourself against your competition and current industry standards. You will want to:
- Compare your performance metrics against industry standards
- Identify strong business areas as well as those opportunities for improvement
- Highlight best practices for input into your road map
- Use historical averages of reported benefits to quantify the impact to your business
- Utilize the output from above to substantiate the business case
- Build a vision and road map as part of your cost-benefit analysis
You will also need to educate your organization’s leadership, to assess their openness to deployment and to begin their process of moving forward. Lead workshops for leaders in your organization, covering:
- Successful implementation processes (“Where are we?” and “What do we need?”)
- Performance benefits of a Manufacturing Execution System (MES)
- Best practices review to add input into your road map
Establishing a suitable integration strategy for all sites is key for manufacturers seeking to enhance visibility improve operational efficiency while reducing production cycle times. In general, most organizations deploy Manufacturing Execution Systems (MES) by following a classic project life cycle: 1. planning, 2. design, 3. configuration, 4. testing, 5. deployment, 6. post-live maintenance.
Global Solution Testing & Validation Strategy
When evolving from a paper-based manufacturing system to a digital version, it is critical not to blindly map from one medium to the other. Inherent inefficiencies in the process that could result, whether your organization uses a paper or an electronic system. Thus, a Manufacturing Execution System (MES) implementation offers an opportunity for process improvement and optimization by:
1. converting all paper-based records to electronic records, 2. reducing human error, 3. increasing data accuracy, and 4. reducing the cycle time for batch manufacturing.
MES Manufacturing Maturity Model
The Capability Maturity Model (CMM) is a methodology used to develop and refine an organization’s software development process. For MES, this involves structured levels that describe how well the behaviors, practices and processes of a manufacturing organization can reliably and sustainably produce required products on time, with the highest quality, using well-maintained equipment. The higher the CMM maturity level, the more efficient the organization, the fewer errors and mistakes made, and the fewer systemic problems in manufacturing operations. The maturity model helps organizations to determine resource and staff allocation to increase productivity and efficiency.
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