Reporting and data storage
We now return to the issue of production data. Access to information, such as real-time production data and performance reporting, is key to ensuring continuous efficiency. This was another major obstacle during the pandemic due to limits being placed on the number of people allowed on site. How can a production manager track progress and make informed decisions when they are not physically on site?
The answer, of course, is to enable remote access to information. This is a differentiator when it comes to coping with times of uncertainty, but it also requires that an organization has reached a certain level of digitalization.
A fully functional and integrated MES solution gives you the possibility to track production progress from wherever you are. You are able to monitor and visualize production data in real time and make data-driven, informed decisions based on activity and performance reports.
MES can be used in any industry
In many verticals this level of reporting is a matter of ‘license to operate’. For example, in pharmaceutical manufacturing, control of batch-specific information and data integrity are essential. Likewise, environmental monitoring and emissions reporting are a requirement within the energy sector.
However, even verticals that have not traditionally prioritized the storage and archiving of production data are now investing in this area. These investments go beyond the desire to simply monitor and visualize ongoing production status. Their ultimate goal is to generate manufacturing intelligence with the help of data lakes, data historians and production information systems, which can then drive process optimization and continuous production improvement.
More data granularity leads to greater possibilities for manufacturing intelligence, which can then be applied across all areas of production. For example, helping to optimize energy consumption, reduce waste and emissions, minimize scrap and reworking, or to maximize quality and yield.
Investing in production information, together with the right analysis tools, not only helps you to achieve a sustainable production but can also drive your future competitive advantage.