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MES CAT for discrete manufacturing
The production process is driven by increasing complexity. Idle times must be avoided, throughput and productivity must be increased. High set-up times should be reduced to a minimum. This makes real-time tracking with integrated operational quality processes increasingly important.
Whether raw material quality, routine material handling or the correct execution of the individual process steps on the processing machines or assembly lines - MES CAT continuously records, controls and monitors all production data and processes in production and assembly. Predefined key performance indicators (KPI) - either as real-time information or as trends - enable online evaluation of current and future production situations.
This enables significantly improved process efficiency, higher yields and cost savings while maintaining stable product quality and manufacturing transparency.
MES CAT is an intuitive, web-based Manufacturing Execution System. Developed with SAP software tools, users benefit from the seamless integration into SAP ERP. It enables real-time and exact recording of production information, such as feedback on production performance. Due to the continuous electronic workflow and the central consolidation of production-related information in the ERP system, media breaks and double entries are avoided. The real-time overview of production progress and status as well as multilingualism round off this tool.
A conclusive operating concept simplifies the handling of the MES system for the production employee. For example, an employee wearing gloves should not have to make any entries on touchscreens. As a modern operating concept, MES offers voice control. The set-up of the control elements and the information displays depend on the work center and the employee's area of responsibility. He only sees the information and safety instructions that are relevant to him. A clear user guidance ensures reliable data entry.
MES CAT runs effortlessly in different languages, in production with employees of different nationalities as well as international locations. Terminology on the input masks can easily be changed, hence adjusting it to your specific needs. Default values can be exchanged for terms that are commonly used in your company, so that employees are already familiar with the technical jargon of the system.
In the event of a malfunction, the employee can see at first glance what is wrong. Conspicuous information windows provide detailed information and displays with a strong signal effect provide support in the event of a fault. Plausibility and field checks prevent the posting of incorrect entries or invalid values. With MES CAT supporting the production employee in the best possible way to enter all required information correctly, he can give his undivided attention to his machine.