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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.