Layerless manufacturing execution definition and implementation

Layerless MES creates a structured, standards-based and extensible interface between your ERP and production control systems. It provides the specific functionality you want now without unwanted direct costs, overhead or complications. Yet it enables you to add new functionality later.

Why do we call our approach to MES layerless manufacturing integration? Because it does away with the need to insert a cumbersome structure or layer between your enterprise and plants. Instead, it enables you to leverage existing or available connectivity and capabilities in the primary control and business planning systems already in your business.

The benefits? You can achieve any MES functionality with less to learn, manage or maintain. Just one example: reports and control screens appear within your existing and familiar applications.

Layerless MES implementation

How do we establish layerless MES integration? We start with existing or optional connectivity capability in your ERP systems such as SAP’s XI or xMII or using XML or other standard protocol. Next, we create a functional specification that includes compliance with ISA/ANSI S95, GAMP and other standards, depending on your situation and preferences.

Then when we create an interface to your plant systems using proven open standard solutions like OSIsoft® PI System™, GE Fanuc Proficy™, AspenTech aspenONE®, Invensys Wonderware® IAS, Rockwell Automation RSBizWare™ Batch and others.

Specific layerless MES implementation steps:

  • Scope the exact functionality you need
  • Leverage existing ERP and plant control/information system connectivity
  • Join your business and control layers with a proven communication channel that supports traffic for the target capability you want now
  • Get up and running for a fraction of the time and cost of overly complicated “big–bang” MES applications
  • Cost-effectively phase in new capabilities as needs and goals arise

Next: Achieving capabilities and business value through Layerless manufacturing execution systems