Over the past few months, Ultra has been working on a fairly large MES implementation project with an automotive solutions manufacturer located in the Midwest. This MES implementation project came after the completion of the client’s ERP selection project, which resulted in the selection of an ERP provider, plus additional requirements for a Manufacturing Execution Systems (MES) system.
Ultra’s Client Base
Ultra primarily works with mid-market manufacturing and distribution companies. This client is a good example of a company on the larger end of this spectrum. Founded about thirty years ago, this client has six different manufacturing plants – making an ERP solution that caters to multi-tenant solutions necessary – staffs about 1,100 employees, and earned nearly $250 million in revenue in 2015.
Identifying the Key Areas of Improvement
When identifying key areas of the company that needed to be improved after the ERP and MES implementation, the focus was towards the plant floor. With the implementation and MES integration with added ERP, the client hopes to be able to:
- Gain the functionality for plant floor data collection
- Have rapid access to plant floor information for quick actions to correct issues
- Remove all paperwork from the plant floor
- Have the ability to capture quality metrics
- Notify maintenance and plant management when a machine is down
- Capture downtime statistics and reasons
- Have access to plant floor production output data
During the selection phase of the project, Ultra identified fifteen MES vendors and narrowed the field to three that would integrate with the ERP solution at the shop floor level. This would allow planning to take place in the ERP and execution reporting to happen in the MES system, and then passing this information back to the ERP system for production updates.
Ultra’s Accomplishments to Date in the MES Implementation
So far in the short time we have been working with this client, we have been able to document a few major accomplishments. These include the completion of a Business Process Improvement (BPI) project and an entire MES selection engagement which took eight months.
We also worked with the client and an MES vendor to complete a six week long software trial with the project team to decide whether the solution would work for the client. At the end of this process there was a go or no/go decision, and the determination of what modifications would be necessary to make the software meet the needs of the client. We also developed the ERP implementation and MES implementation project budget, which allotted for software, modifications, support, and implementation for the first two manufacturing sites.
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