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MES CAT – The MES software

Less downtime and more throughput with the latest generation MES Suite.


On-time deliveries, less waste and shorter set-up and idle times – digitizing production with the help of a manufacturing execution system (MES) offers many advantages. The MES CAT Suite from T.CON makes it possible to seamlessly interlink production-related systems in globally distributed production plants and with the central SAP ERP. Each production step is assigned to a value-added step. Now, for example, when it comes to waste, you don't just look at the number of kilos, but you find out right away what this value means in euros. On this basis, processes in production can be improved in a targeted and continuous manner. Machines and systems are optimally utilized.

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USER EXPERIENCE AND USABILITY

MES CAT – A system for your production workers.

Thanks to mobile devices with touchscreens your production workers can use the system without taking off their gloves. Information and safety instructions can be adapted for individual workers, specific tasks and work centers. Information displays and control elements can be configured individually for production.

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LANGUAGE AND SPECIALIST JARGON

MES software customized for your corporate culture.

It’s important to be able to switch between different languages, particularly in an international environment. With MES CAT, switching languages is as simple as it gets. You can localize specific terminology, jargon or expressions and customize the wording to match your corporate culture. Consequently, your workers will recognize familiar phrases and terms and will feel at ease with the software from the start.

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ALERT FUNCTIONS AND CHECKS

MES CAT informs and assists your employees when errors occur.

When errors occur, your workers need to realize straight away that something has gone wrong. Unmissable alert windows pop up immediately with detailed information. Displays with powerful signal effects help your workers when these errors occur. Plausibility and field checks prevent false or invalid inputs. Your production workers can focus on their work, while MES CAT supplies all the information they need.

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Benefits at a glance


Complete transparency about the production

Optimization of production and maintenance processes

Flexibility through modular design

Complete integration in SAP

 

 

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MODULE OVERVIEW


MES CAT is built as a modular software and can be flexibly customized to meet your individual requirements. Find out more about the individual modules and their strengths.

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Execution

The core of MES CAT

Easy data capture and transparent views of all production processes. MES CAT Execution is integrated into SCM (Supply Chain Management) and ERP systems to ensure that postings are carried out fully automatically in the background, while you have a comprehensive view of production.

Analytics

Evaluation and reporting

Extensive product and process data is generated by production; this must be adapted to the specific recipient’s needs if it is to provide meaningful information. The Analytics module enables you to view, check and track data in one centralized location.

Quality

Avoid errors with quality management

Obtain an overview of production and truly optimize by linking in external systems (e.g. sensors, camera systems, lab systems).

Connect

Link machines to measurement and control systems

Today’s factories have numerous machines and interfaces, making it a challenge to maintain all your data in one centralized location. With the Connect module, you can integrate and automate arbitrarily many machine and plant connections.

Warehouse

Automated warehouse processes

If you manufacture and warehouse numerous products and variants, it can be hard to keep track of everything. Use the Warehouse module to stay on top of your inventory – raw materials, intermediate products and finished goods – and automate warehouse processes.

Maintenance

Plan maintenance before production grinds to a halt

The Maintenance module links your production systems directly to maintenance teams. It manages preventive maintenance, consumption of wear parts and monitoring production downtimes, and also includes modern interfaces such as RFID scanners.

Realtime-Services

Integrated real-time data

Integrate customized real-time services, e.g. energy data management, into your analyses at any time, based on your specific requirements. Use the module to open up new potential by evaluating data from pressure, flow or temperature sensors, to help you understand the ramifications of particular decisions – e.g. on consumption costs or production quality.  For example, the energy peaks resulting from starting up a machine can be timed to avoid periods when electricity is particularly expensive.

Planning

Production planning

The Planning module brings transparency to your production systems; you can implement different planning strategies simultaneously, based on your requirements. For example, the module can easily plan for “Making to Stock” (MTS”, “Making to Order” (MTO)), grouping orders, fine-grained deadlines or unplanned orders. Use the module to simplify your complex production planning.

 

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USING COMPLEX MACHINE DATA FOR OPTIMIZATION

SMART IOT

Our SMART IOT tool links business and production data originating from e.g. SAP S/4HANA or our MES CAT with data recorded through the IoT and your machines. This bulk data can be used for optimization. The spectrum of potential scenarios covers optimized configuration of highly complex plants through to setting up analysis tools, predicting process stability and quality, or energy management.

PROVIDING SKILLED WORKERS AND PLANNING PERSONNEL

WORKFORCE MANAGEMENT

The WORKFORCE MANAGEMENT add-on can be used to draw up rotas and deployment plans on a workplace-oriented basis, bringing shift planning, vacation planning and substitute planning together in a single system. All entries or changes are updated in real time, so you have a perpetual precise, up-to-date overview of where your workforce are scheduled and when. And it’s fully integrated in the SAP timesheet system!

Benefits of MES CAT


Head of IT

You already use SAP ERP to handle commercial and logistical processes in your company? MES CAT is the perfect addition for your production in many aspects. From a technical point of view, MES CAT and SAP ERP form a single unit. Both systems are developed on the basis of SAP NetWeaver, are programmed in ABAP and use the same structures for data exchange. The entire integration logic of MES CAT is included in the scope of delivery, eliminating the need for complex interface projects. MES CAT integrates seamlessly into your system landscape of development, test and production systems. From an organizational point of view, you already have SAP know-how in-house and can use and apply it extensively for MES CAT. Your employees understand the system operation and can use their knowledge immediately without further training. The open platform allows you to make your own developments analogous to SAP ERP and to use your existing BI solutions for reporting. From a financial point of view, the more homogeneous system operation of SAP ERP and MES CAT has a positive effect on the TCO. From a strategic point of view, MES CAT with SAP NetWeaver is a future-proof basis for mapping your production processes and at the same time the right integration platform for current and future innovations driven by Industry 4.0.

Production Manager

For you as a production manager, the focus is on transparency. The recorded data from PDA and MDC are combined in a key figure system and provide you with information about the current production process. You are able to compare and evaluate individual workstations and machines based on their OEE and analyze process losses across the board. Using up-to-date feedback from your employees or the direct connection of machines, you get an overview of your production in real time.

Employees

Clear, well-structured and easy-to-use terminals make it easier for every employee to record relevant data and promote the acceptance of doing so "gladly". Machine- or person-related worklists of production orders with all necessary details form the basis of on-time processing and enable paperless production. Relevant bookings in the context of order processing can be made quickly and comprehensively and immediately flow into the company's own reports as well as into the production controlling of the foremen and production managers. At the same time, the bookings are transferred to SAP ERP without any additional effort.

Management Board / Controlling

An MES provides the basis for informed decisions that affect your production. Continuous order feedback and inventory posting lead to transparency at product and workplace level, enable granular calculation of manufacturing costs, help optimize material inventories, and form the basis for a KPI system to assess efficiency and productivity.

Foreman

As a foreman, you are faced with the challenge of making the manufacturing process of your area as efficient and smooth as possible. MES CAT offers you the possibility to plan your orders and resources accordingly and to keep an overview of the running production. The recorded data from PDA and MDC are combined in your views in real time and allow you to immediately recognize deviations from the plan. Malfunctions can therefore be identified and eliminated at an early stage. Using defined evaluations, you can evaluate and analyze key figures over any period of time. This provides you with information about the reasons for disruptions and the causes of deviations and enables you to eliminate them in the long term.

Quality Assurance

You are responsible for the quality of manufactured products and must ensure this on a lasting basis. MES CAT supports you in continuous quality control. By integrating it into production processes, quality inspections can be triggered on an event basis and production data can be linked to quality data. Deviations in quality can therefore be analyzed and traced back to changed production parameters. By means of “tracing”, the entire manufacturing process of a product can be analyzed along the logistics chain. For each production step, it is possible to trace when and at which workstation it was carried out and the input materials that were used. This ensures the traceability of every batch produced.


Paper Industry

MES CAT for the paper industry

Metal Industry

MES CAT for the Metal Industry

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MES CAT for Discrete Manufacturing

Textiles Industry

MES CAT for Textiles Industry

Foil Industry

MES CAT for Foil Industry

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