4 Tips for a Smooth MES Implementation
Implementing an MES system can help manufacturers across all industries run a highly efficient, highly effective operation.
But even though a company may have a strong desire to streamline its manufacturing operations, that doesn’t mean every MES implementation always goes as planned.
As noted by Control Engineering, choosing the wrong software, setting impossible expectations, and lacking sufficient buy-in from relevant stakeholders can turn a transformative technology solution into a headache-inducing boondoggle.
Fortunately, careful coordination and planning from the start can help ensure that the adoption of an MES system meets all expectations. Here are four important tips to achieve a smooth MES implementation:
1. Define your business goals
An MES can enable any manufacturer to streamline and track the process that turns raw materials into finished goods. But considering the vast scope of such capabilities, manufacturers must have a clear understanding of how such powerful features will come to be realized at the granular level. Whether you’re hoping to improve production output, incorporate product traceability, or better manage labor, be sure to identify your business’ specific objectives for implementing an MES.
2. Discuss the scope of the MES with your vendor
With your business goals in mind, it’s important to approach your MES vendor with an understanding of the breadth of your implementation. From industry-specific functionality to custom software integrations based on business needs or particular employee roles, be sure your vendor understands how you best envision your MES fitting into your manufacturing environment.
3. Gather user stories
For a better understanding of how an MES might perform in your setting, take time to speak with other manufacturers who are running the same system. By independently validating how the product performs in similar scenarios, you can get a better understanding of the potential cost savings, pain points, and daily workflows achieved through an MES implementation. Not only can you perform this research yourself online, but a quality MES software manufacturer should be able to recommend users who can attest to the experience and quality of their solution.
4. Validate the preliminary implementation
Before fully committing to an MES solution, it’s essential to make sure that it’s capable of handling all of your business and industry’s requirements. Carefully validating a preliminary MES implementation can help ensure the software will work correctly with your new or existing solutions, provide the necessary functionality, and be ready to work as soon as the full implementation goes live.