Measurement and Process Automation


MES as a success factor of production

MES – Manufacturing Execution Systems – have developed into the strategic element of flexible and networked production. In material terms, MES combine all tasks of modern production management in an increasingly integrated software system, at the same time constituting the operational platform for future requirements of companies on their way to the “digital factory” and the factory of the future.

MES combine tasks of production management in a software system.


MES solutions are becoming increasingly important and widespread amongst companies in the areas of process and production industry. This development must be considered particularly in consideration of the continuing globalisation of the economy and the resulting increasing competitive pressure. In addition to the developments in the field of production, as well as the introduction of new production and logistics concepts, the changes of products, as well as the product development process, are the driving components for the use of MES.

Advantages in many respects

 Product life-cycles are becoming increasingly shorter and products become more technologically complex – with the simultaneously occurring reduction of development time as well as the increased number of prototypes and variants in production. “Time to market” is a fundamental and crucial success factor for producers in the global competition.

Every sector uses MES differently

 Today, MES solutions are largely composed of configurable modules. The configurable proportion typically accounts for approximately 60 to 70 percent, while the sector-specific and customer-specific extensions make up between 30 and 40 percent of the functions. In order to be successful, it is important to tailor the systems to the task.

MES systematically prepared

 The 90-page ZVEI brochure “Manufacturing Execution Systems (MES) – Sector-specific requirements and vendor-neutral description of solutions” offers an orientation aid in the heterogeneous world of terminology. In order to clarify the relationships and meaning of the terms used, the terms employed by different sectors or manufacturers are classified and arranged on the basis of the structure in accordance with IEC 62264.

The brochure also contains descriptions of typical operating procedures from different branches of process and manufacturing automation, and explains how each activity in production, quality, maintenance and storage can be supported by MES tools.

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