Saturday, January 22, 2011

More Info on MESA Training on manufacturing operations management

MESA International, an international organization promoting best practices in manufacturing execution systems (MES) and manufacturing operations management (MOM), is launching two programs this year in a series of forums that are offering MES/MOM Methodology Certificate of Competency (CoC) and MES/MOM Methodology Certificate of Awareness (CoA).

Much of the training materials are derived from the ISA-95 Best Practices Working Group’s 20 Methodology Papers and the MESA Guidebooks. This new book published by the International Society of Automation (ISA), "When Worlds Collide in Manufacturing Operations: ISA-95 Best Practices Book 2.0," is derived from the papers. The book's outline is:

Chapter 1: Service Oriented Architecture (SOA) for Manufacturing Overview
Chapter 2: Data Architecture for MOM: The Manufacturing Master Data Approach
Chapter 3: Building a Manufacturing Transformation Strategy with ISA-95 Methods
Chapter 4: Work Process Management for Adaptive Manufacturing
Chapter 5: B2MML, Integration Patterns, and Data Mapping
Chapter 6: Integration of Manufacturing Intelligence with MOM
Chapter 7: Lifecycle of Service Creation using the ISA-95 MOM
MESA MES/MOM Methodologies Program: MESA Certificate of Competency (CoC, 4 Days)

This MESA CoC Program is a comprehensive program of MES/MOM Methodologies courses in a 4 Day Curriculum for MES/MOM Consultants, System Analysts, Architects, Programmers, and Project Managers.

CoC Program Courses Overview:
1. Manufacturing Operations Models and Integration Standards (3 hours)
2. The Role of MES/MOM System in Continuous Improvement and the Collaborative Pull Supply Chain (2 hours)
3. Manufacturing Transformation Strategy: Maturity and Roadmap Modeling(3 hour)
4. Metric Framework for Enterprise Manufacturing Intelligence (EMI): Aligning Financial and Operations Metrics (4 hours)
5. MES/MOM System Justification and ROI Assessment (4 hours)
6. MES/MOM SOW, RFP and Product Evaluation Method (4 hours)
7. Manufacturing 2.0 Architecture Overview (SOA for Manufacturing) (4 hours)
8. MES/MOM Implementation and Governance: MES/MOM System Requirement Specifications, GAMP and Industrial System Development Life Cycle (SDLC) Methods (4 hours)
9. MES/MOM Project Management Techniques (4 hours)
MESA MES/MOM Business Function Program: MESA Certificate of Awareness (CoA, 2 Days)

A MESA CoA Program is a high-level program of the MES/MOM Business Function courses in a 2 Day Curriculum for Executives, IT Professionals, and Manufacturing Professionals are short courses. These short courses are high-level versions of the 4 hour courses in the MES/MEM Methodology CoC Program.
CoA Program Courses
1. Strategic Relationships between MES/MOM, ERP, PLM, Supply Chain, BPM and Automation Initiatives (2 hours)
2. Market Requirement for Adaptive MES/MOM Systems based on Industry Standards (2 hours)
3. Manufacturing Transformation Strategy: Maturity and Roadmap Modeling (1 hour)
4. Justifying Manufacturing Operations System to Business Leaders (3 hours)
5. The Role of MES/MOM Systems in Continuous Improvement and the Collaborative Pull Supply Chain (1 hour)
6. Metric Framework for Enterprise Manufacturing Intelligence (EMI): Aligning Financial and Operations Metrics (2 hours)
7. The Influence of Management Philosophy on MES/MOM Deployment and Governance (2 hours)
8. Choose the Right Solution: MES/MOM SOW, RFP and Product Evaluation Methods (2 hours)
9. MES/MOM Project Management Techniques (1 hours)

More information can be found on the Web here.

Course dates and locations are:
Chicago: CoC, March 7-11; CoA; March 14-15, 16-17
Sydney, Australia: CoC, April 5-8; CoA April 11-12.
Melbourne, Australia: CoA, April 14-15; CoC, April 18-21.
Philadelphia, PA: CoC, April 5-8; CoA, April 11-12
San Francisco, CA: CoA, May 5-6; CoC, May 9-12
Johannesburg, South Africa: CoC, May 4-7; CoA, May 11-12
Toronto/Mississauga, CN: CoC, May 31-June 3; 2 CoA. June 6-9
Copenhagen: COA, April 7-8
Haarlem, Netherlands: CoA, March 7 & 8
Nuneaton, UK: CoA, 28 Feb & Mar 1
Nuneaton, UK: CoC, 14-17 June

"When Worlds Collide in Manufacturing Operations: ISA-95 Best Practices Book 2.0," by Charlie Gifford, Editor and Contributing Author. ISA member price is $99.00, while non-members can purchase it for $109.00. Information can be found on the Web.

Tuesday, January 18, 2011

MESA Global Education Program Launches

Important initiative addresses knowledge gap in Operations Management field globally

MESA International announced the launch of the MESA Global Education Program, delivering independent competency training in the MES/MOM (Manufacturing Enterprise Solutions/Manufacturing Operations Management) arena. The program aims to remove the recognized lack of wide-scale MES/MOM competency as a barrier to plant and supply chain optimization and global operations excellence.

With members in 78 countries, MESA is an independent, objective community of like-minded enterprises and people working to make Operations more reliable, capable and profitable. The MESA Global Education Program offers Certificate of Competency and Certificate of Awareness programs on different subjects and audiences. The initial programs offered focus on MES/MOM Methodologies and Business Awareness.

MESA Certificate of Competency (CoC): MES/MOM Methodologies – a 4-day, comprehensive program of MES/MOM Methodologies courses aimed at Systems Analysts, Architects, Programmers, Project Managers and Consultants.

MESA Certificate of Awareness (CoA): MES/MOM Business Awareness – a 2-day, high-level program of MES/MOM Business Functions courses geared for executives, manufacturing/operations and IT personnel and sales professionals.

Check here for course abstracts, schedules and registration information.

Locations MES/MOM Methodologies 4-day Certificate of Competency (CoC) MES/MOM Business Functions 2-day Certificate of Awareness (CoA)
Nuneaton United Kingdom June 14 – 17 February 28 – March 1
Haarlem The Netherlands March 7 – 8
Copenhagen Denmark April 7 – 8
Johannesburg South Africa May 4 – 7 May 11 – 12
Sydney Australia April 5 – 8 April 11 – 12
Melbourne Australia April 18 – 21 April 14 – 15
Chicago U.S.A. March 8 – 11 March 14 – 15, March 16 – 17
Philadelphia U.S.A. April 5 – 8 April 11 – 12, April 13 – 14
San Francisco U.S.A. May 9 – 12 May 3 – 4, May 5 – 6
Toronto/Mississauga Canada May 31 – June 3 June 6 – 7, June 8 – 9

Tuesday, January 11, 2011

MESA Best Practices Working Group Releases White Paper

In industrial batch/continuous production environments, production scheduling is concerned with allocating resources such as tanks, reactors and other processing equipment to production tasks. Scheduling determines what product is to be made, how much is to be made and when it is to be made. Detailed scheduling optimizes the production schedule through describe the production process with a heuristic model to find the best way of allocating the available tasks and resources. Detailed scheduling is a centerpiece of production and closely interlinks with production control, order processing, material and energy control and maintenance.

In order to be able to provide all the necessary information for making logic decisions, it is in some cases necessary to implement data transfers that are not supported by the ISA-95 standard for enterprise to plant integration. One example of production parameters that are not included in the standard are release dates and due dates of products. The release date is the exact time from which on a product can be produced. The due date is equally important and refers to the date that the product has to be available, usually due to a customer requested time.

The integration of a scheduling solution for a steel plant using the ISA-95 standard is described. The application shows one way of benefiting from the already existing elements and expanding the B2MML files using the means provided. The resulting input data contains much more information than ISA-95 was originally designed for because the optimization takes place as a separate module on an MOM level. All input/output information must thus be provided through ISA-95. On the other hand, the output file fits completely to the ISA-95 landscape. This case study also shows that many practical applications only need to implement a small part of provided elements and there are always several options to make this happen.

MESA White Paper #33 was produced as part of the MESA/ISA-95 Best Practices Working Group through an international peer review process involving 5 or more subject matter reviewers.  This MESA White Paper will also be published in one of two methodology best practices collection, Book 2.0, When Worlds Collide in Manufacturing Operations (Collections published by ISA, 1/1/11).

All of MESA's white papers are available at for $25.00 per paper for individual papers, or become a MESA premium member and have complimentary access to over 250 white papers, presentations, MOM/MES guidebooks, industry studies and web casts.

Tuesday, January 4, 2011

Whitepaper Released on OEE Reporting in Manufacturing

MESA International today announced the availability of MESA Whitepaper #34, OEE Reporting in Manufacturing: Value through Operational Improvement, to help MESA members implement OEE reporting to guide manufacturers into better performance.

Jaap Both, one of the paper’s authors noted, “Practical implementation of OEE is usually not as simple as it seems in theory. This whitepaper covers both organizational issues to ease the implementation process, as well as technical considerations you are likely to encounter when designing OEE.”

OEE (Overall Equipment Effectiveness) is a standardized reporting metric that shows the effectiveness of a production line. The OEE-score of a production line is normally a value between 0 and 100 where 100 means: running without losses. The OEE metric provides structured means to collect and represent data about the performance of a line and it identifies when, in a period of time, losses occur: due to reduced speed, bad quality or (unexpected) downtimes.
Setting up improvement teams and implementing OEE-reporting provides an increased focus on improvement potential and this can be very valuable with relatively small and focused projects. This whitepaper is available via MESA’s Resource Library.
MESA premium members have complimentary access to over 250 white papers, presentations, MOM/MES guidebooks, industry studies and web casts in the Resource Library. Others can purchase individual papers from the Resource Library for $25.00 per paper.