6 Advantages of a Manufacturing Execution System (MES) for Government Contractors

Posted by Guest Author on March 28, 2018

MANUFACTURING EXECUTION SYSTEM (MES)

By Colin Quinn, Kinetek Consulting

At its core, a Manufacturing Execution Systems (MES) is an information system used in manufacturing to track, control and monitor the transformation of raw materials to finished goods. 

Proper implementation of a Manufacturing Execution System (MES) ups your team's efficiency by providing the right information at the right time to the right people on how to optimize current conditions to improve production output.

Today, most Government Contractors use a MES to capture extensive data, previously unattainable through traditional methods. Thus a MES presents plenty of valuable advantages to Government Contractors; we've listed the top six outlined below.

1. Replace the Spreadsheets and Paper Notes

With a MES, various costs such as labor, scrap, downtime, and maintenance are recorded in real-time from the shop floor. No more paper notes means management can use this data to evaluate unprofitable business models and forecast future pricing. Since other systems share this data, MES enables your company to increase productivity in all its production facilities.

2. ERP Systems Integration

Yet another critical characteristic of a MES for contractors is the ability to integrate with the systems surrounding it. This will eliminate the need for standalone systems, mindless data re-entry, and provide better information of projected order delivery dates, and improve decision-making.

 

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3. Reduce Waste, Scrap and Overages

MES allows for precisely analyzing production lines and finished products. Therefore the system can detect any inconsistencies on the shop floor, immediately halting them to limit the number of bad parts and materials wasted.

4. Decrease Downtime

A MES will create realistic production schedules. It accomplishes this feat by tracking raw materials and parts inventory. Eliminating time wasted from re-configuring schedules while parts are in transit. It then becomes possible to incorporate employee scheduling to make effective use of all available employees.

5. Reduce Costs

It's possible to streamline operations once you get a better handle on the product, time, and labor required to complete the job. This process eventually enables you to cut back on ordering or to free up personnel from operating production lines and controlling inventory.

6. Reduce Inventory

Storing surplus inventory costs money. Aside from the cost of producing excess goods, transporting, warehousing, and monitoring these goods get expensive. A MES will constantly update your inventory records with new production, materials, and product. That means your purchasing; shipping, and scheduling departments know what is available on hand at each facility, and what needs to be on order.

Summary

A MES does more than simply track the amount of product coming off of your production lines and shop floor. For Contractors looking to gain an edge improving your facility's efficiency begins with accurately recording data, production, material usage, and personnel time. Adding a MES solution to your company accomplishes this feat with ease and precision.  Learn about Deltek Costpoint, the leading ERP system for Government Contractors.

About the author:

Colin Quinn is a dedicated marketing veteran with 7+ years’ experience in maximizing brand awareness through content marketing, social media, & advertising. He is the current director of product marketing for Kinetek Consulting in Reston Virginia.

Kinetek specializes in delivering solutions that empower people to make decisions that maximize performance. We specialize in transforming corporate data into actionable information through proven performance management consulting, training services, and technologies.