Design of a Lean Manufacturing Execution System Framework

Production environments face constant pressure to produce better and faster in order to remain competitive. It is a continuous struggle to eliminate unnecessary production costs; improve manufacturing, process and business performance; increase throughput; reduce cycle times; maintain quality; etc. In support of those goals, an adequate level of automation is strived for. Efficient manufacturing operations can be provided by a Manufacturing Execution System (MES). Nowadays, efficient manufacturing operations without software support has become unthinkable in many cases, due to legal provisions (e.g. tracking & tracing in the food and pharmaceutical industry), high product mix, etc. Company strategies and business requirements need to be continuously adjusted to follow the latest customer requests and industry trends. Production environments are dynamic, with constantly changing products and manufacturing processes. Today's challenging business environment drives the adoption of Continuous Improvement (CI) initiatives; such as Lean and Six Sigma; in pursuit of business and operational excellence. An MES contains a treasure of information that can be used to support the waste identification and elimination process. Unfortunately, a lot of companies fail to exploit the full potential of the available data. This research combines Lean (production optimization) and MES (production digitization). A Lean MES framework structures an approach to integrate both strategies. The result is a standard analytical environment on top of realtime data collection.

Johannes Cottyn
  • Hendrik Van Landeghem Kurt Stockman
June 1, 2012, 1:44 p.m.
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