Islands of automation belong to the past. The intelligent interconnection of production machines via a manufacturing execution system (MES) puts an end to system inconsistencies and forms the basis for integrated, IT-protected production.

MES: efficiency and transparency

Manufacturing execution systems (MES) and/or production control systems provide the connection between the automation level and the planning or Enterprise Resource Planning System (ERP) level. Seamless vertical integration (ERP-> MES -> shop floor) increases the flexibility, efficiency and transparency of industrial production. The use of MES thus ensures the sustainable increase in quality and productivity.

No MES without systems integration

Eckelmann AG has many years of experience in large-scale MES projects. Our specialist know-how has gone into a software library which we use for the implementation of sector-specific MES solutions and the integration of MES functionalities into existing automation environments. The use of established industry standards protects current investments.

Integrated production planning with MES
Integrated production planning with MES

MES makes worlds converge

Production and IT infrastructure are converging more and more. As a consequence of the past specialisation of partners, however, the connection of production and company IT is not always an easy task. In this process, adopting an MES is like tying the knot – both partners benefit from each other’s knowledge. On the ERP level, sound decisions that immediately affect the production process can be taken quicker on the basis of current data.

A database that translates between the worlds

Dry dock in a large-scale shipyard (Photo: Meyer Werft)
Dry dock in a large-scale shipyard (Photo: Meyer Werft)

Eckelmann’s MES connects the planning and implementation levels with each other by providing a relational database that is used as a shared data memory. Here, all operating and machine data are recorded and can then be retrieved both by the higher-level ERP system and from the operator terminals at the individual machines.

Data regarding personnel, storage and material flow are also included. In short, anything that affects the production process converges in the MES database. All processes are directed and monitored by the MES.

  • Quick decisions on the ERP level through real-time control of the production
  • Increased productivity through optimised machine utilisation
  • Flexible production processes
  • Comprehensive quality management
  • Integrated storage and material flow control (supply chain management)

Dr.-Ing. Johannes Stelter