If your organization wants to take advantage of the latest Industry 4.0 solutions, you need to be integrating manufacturing execution systems (MES) and a product traceability platform into your day-to-day operations. While the two systems accomplish different goals, these goals go hand in hand to streamlining your manufacturing operations. Here’s how.

The Role of an MES

Manufacturing execution systems work by delivering a comprehensive information platform that connects, monitors, and controls all of the manufacturing systems and data flows at your facility. As such, an MES autonomously executes manufacturing operations while refining and optimizing production output.

With an MES, your team can gain a deeper understanding of your manufacturing processes by tracking production from start to finish, gathering data in real time, and quantifying production lifecycles.

The 10 core functions of a comprehensive MES include:

  1. Operations/detailed sequencing
  2. Resource allocation and status
  3. Performance analysis
  4. Maintenance management
  5. Process management
  6. Quality management
  7. Data collection/acquisition
  8. Product tracking and genealogy
  9. Labor management
  10. Document control

By facilitating one centralized platform for recording, tracking, and analyzing these mission-critical factors, you can minimize production timelines, improve quality control, streamline your supply chain, and maximize machine use.

The Role of a Product Traceability Platform

While an MES solution integrates product tracking, a product traceability platform takes tracking to the next level. While an MES focuses on product tracking from material procurement and delivery to final production and quality control, product traceability allows you to track products and batches once they’re in the hands of consumers.

A product traceability solution uses unique identifiers that allow you to track exactly where and when a product was made and where the materials came from, along with other product safety factors. Prioritizing product traceability becomes critical in the event of a product recall or when uncovering quality control issues. That’s why proper product traceability is fundamental for complying with government regulations.

MES Enhanced Traceability

Integrating your traceability strategies with your MES platform adds several robust features that can prepare your operations for the challenges of tomorrow, while optimizing your workflows today. With MES enhanced traceability, you can track the production process in real time. That can be crucial if quality control issues are uncovered early on, by allowing you to pinpoint areas of concern (down to the raw material used), identify affected products, and minimize product loss and operational downtime.

Your team can use MES enhanced traceability to track any manufacturing variable from back to front as well as from front to back. By implementing tracking strategies at every stage of procurement, production, and delivery, you can prioritize the customer experience while elevating efficiency to new levels. At the same time, your team will have access not only to manufacturing data in real-time, but the ability to transform data into valuable insights that drive decision-making.

Your Traceability Experts

If you want to take your traceability strategies to the next level with real-time tracking at every stage of your production process, contact the experts at HEXA today. We have the experience to ensure your operations remain compliant while taking production efficiency to new levels.


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