Fueled by advanced technologies, manufacturing execution systems are evolving to become service-oriented, modular, and connected.
Cloud connectivity is the backbone of smart factories, allowing advanced manufacturing systems, devices, products, and equipment to interact autonomously. IIoT (Industrial Internet of Things) devices and sensors across the supply chain are continually gathering and generating data. This real-time sharing of data helps smart factories to continually improve their operations – automating better workflows, customizing products and services, and growing smarter and more efficient over time.
MES software can also help manufacturers take advantage of a key trend in the evolution of manufacturing execution systems: customized production. Instead of mass production, your smart factory could move to mass personalization – and meet the demand for less expensive, highly tailored products with speed and affordability.
While personalization makes manufacturing more complex, advanced technologies can help manufacturing systems to react and pivot in real time. Artificial intelligence (AI) can improve production efficiency, handle predictive maintenance, and reduce waste. Tapping into machine learning capabilities, production lines can become increasingly smart and efficient. With virtual reality (VR), manufacturers can simulate processes and identify potential improvements. And they can integrate augmented reality (AR) solutions to reduce production downtime and optimize shop floor operations.
All of these advanced technologies and capabilities make it easier for companies to compete in a digital world – responding to demand rapidly and accurately with customized products that are lower in cost and higher in quality.