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4 Key Features of a Robust Labor Management and Data Collection Solution

One of the most powerful tools at any manufacturing facility is the manufacturing execution system (MES).

A comprehensive information system intended to track and document the process by which raw materials are turned into finished goods, the right MES can help any manufacturer ensure that their operation literally runs like a well-oiled machine. 

Let’s take a closer look at the essential features of a robust labor management and data collection solution.


1. Data Collection

Modern MES systems collect and process real-time data, giving manufacturers access to actionable, high-quality information around the clock. Tailored to monitor the information that’s most relevant to the manufacturing process, data collection capabilities in an MES system can log everything from inventory levels to the length of time it takes an employee to complete a specific task. The automated nature of data collection also helps reduce the likelihood of human error.

2. Traceability

Today’s automated shop-floor machines continuously collect and share valuable and authenticated data, and software Keeping track of where, when, and how products are made is an essential feature of modern MES systems. From the specific parts used to serialized batch numbers, product tracking and traceability features help maintain a high level of quality control, record which equipment was used to make a particular item, and ensure compliance with government regulations

3. Performace Analysis

The data collection capabilities of modern MES solutions enable comprehensive performance analysis measurements, giving manufacturers insights into how the production line is performing in real-time. Using historical data, performance analysis helps determine the effectiveness of equipment, if tasks are adhering to the schedule, and how assets are being utilized. Taken together, these features give manufacturers the data necessary to identify bottlenecks and streamline existing workflows.

4. Maintenance Mangement

Ensuring that equipment is well-maintained helps production remain at peak efficiency. MES maintenance management capabilities not only make it easy to schedule preventative maintenance based on time or equipment cycles, but they can also suggest conditions-based maintenance based on data taken from the equipment itself. By utilizing maintenance management features, manufacturers can help prolong the product lifetime of their manufacturing equipment and reduce potential downtime caused by malfunctioning machinery.

Bringing It All Together

Although each of these MES features can help manufacturers operate at peak efficiency, a modular MES can help expand these capabilities into a robust solution that’s tailored towards any factory. For a deeper look at the modular functions of ShopVue, the user-friendly MES trusted by manufacturers for more than 30 years, watch a demo today.