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Why Do You Need An MES?

Manufacturing is growing more competitive and complex, demanding faster turnaround time, lower cost production, and stringent compliance to industry standards and regulations. Using real-time manufacturing data to drive business decisions is imperative, however 85% of manufacturers are still using paper and spreadsheets to manage their production floor.

ERP and other business systems capture the input of orders and output of invoices; however, when it comes to production, the insights these systems provide are too shallow and unreliable to optimize operations.

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The Manufacturing Execution System

A Manufacturing Execution System, or MES, is a productivity tool that helps you manage and keep track of all your orders in production, allowing you to deliver on-time and drive process improvements.

It can connect to your existing systems to provide a real-time view of your operations, easing communication amongst your managers, and will report on KPIs for you to analyze operator and business performance.

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Benefits to Operations

  • I have an ERP With ERP
    Gain Real-Time Visibility into Production

    Replace paper and spreadsheets with a visual dashboard showing you how production is proceeding in real time.

    Identify Errors and Bottlenecks Immediately

    Be alerted as soon as errors occur, and identify root cause quickly to resolve them. Analyze production to find bottlenecks and optimize operations.

    Analyze Cycle Times and Improve Predictability

    Calculate cycle times to improve forecasting, and provide accurate available-to-promise times to customers.

    Measure Labor Utilization and Cost

    Accurately measure labor man-hours and cost involved in producing a product or servicing a customer.

  • I do not have an ERP Without ERP
    Gain Real-Time Visibility into Production

    Replace paper and spreadsheets with a visual dashboard showing you how production is proceeding in real time.

    Identify Errors and Bottlenecks Immediately

    Be alerted as soon as production or quality errors occur, and identify root cause quickly to resolve and keep production moving.

    Prioritize Production to Achieve On-Time Delivery

    Use dashboards and rules to prioritize which orders and tasks to work on, immediately notifying and directing the production floor.

    Measure Labor Utilization and Cost

    Accurately measure labor man-hours and cost involved in producing a product or servicing a customer.

Benefits to Finance

  • I have an ERP With ERP
    Enable Activity-Based Costing

    Make crucial pricing, production, and investment decisions with an accurate picture of total costs, including granular labor utilization.

    Maximize Impact of Cash-to-Cash Cycle

    Drive improved WIP reduction by understanding your cycle times and throughput.

    Measure Labor Utilization

    Understand your cost of labor, providing a true cost per unit produced.

    Understand Marginal Costs

    Accurately price products and services by understanding every component that goes into your production process.

    Reduce Non-Value Adding Time

    Determine root cause of production-halting errors in real-time as well as uncover bottlenecks to optimize operations.

    Foster Accountability

    Measure your team’s perfomance as well as the outcomes of major projects, driving data-backed decisions while holding your team accountable.

  • I do not have an ERP Without ERP
    Enable Activity-Based Costing

    Make crucial pricing, production, and investment decisions with an accurate picture of total costs, including granular labor utilization.

    Measure Labor Utilization

    Understand your cost of labor, providing a true cost per unit produced.

    Maximize Impact of Cash-to-Cash Cycle

    Drive improved WIP reduction by understanding your cycle times and throughput.

    Reduce Non-Value Adding Time

    Determine root cause of production-halting errors in real-time as well as uncover bottlenecks to optimize operations.

    Understand Marginal Costs

    Accurately price products and services by understanding every component that goes into your production process.

    Foster Accountability

    Measure your team’s perfomance as well as the outcomes of major projects, driving data-backed decisions while holding your team accountable.

Benefits to IT

  • I have an ERP With ERP
    Robust API

    The FactoryFour API is built to never be the limiting factor in integrations, allowing you to connect various systems and databases to the FactoryFour application.

    No Infrastructure Required

    FactoryFour is cloud-native, and accessible by any device through a web browser. No need to set up your own infrastructure.

    Security & Compliance

    Data in FactoryFour is encrypted end to end, at rest and in transit. The system is also compliant with HIPAA, GDPR, ITAR, and Part 11.

    Hardware-Agnostic

    FactoryFour is accessible by any device through a web browser or our API, allowing connectivity with devices ranging from consumer- to enterprise-grade.

    Future-Proof

    As you upgrade your ERP, or implement business systems, FactoryFour will never be the limiting factor in connecting with them.

  • I do not have an ERP Without ERP
    No Infrastructure Required

    FactoryFour is cloud-native, and accessible by any device through a web browser. No need to set up your own infrastructure.

    Hardware-Agnostic

    FactoryFour is accessible by any device through a web browser or our API, allowing connectivity with devices ranging from consumer- to enterprise-grade.

    Future-Proof

    As your business needs change in the future, FactoryFour can be configured to new processes and connect with future softwares you implement.

    Integrations with Common Systems

    We have built integrations into common systems like Quickbooks so you can stand up integrations or custom exports of data with ease.

    Security & Compliance

    Data in FactoryFour is encrypted end to end, at rest and in transit. The system is also compliant with HIPAA, GDPR, ITAR, and Part 11.

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