Monday, April 22, 2013

Press Release: STI SlimSoft Starts Cloud-Based MES/MOM Discussion at MESA 2013 North American Conference

Company sponsors MESA Business Forum to
engage marketplace and jumpstart broader, public dialogue

Greenville, SC,  April 22, 2013 – MESA International announces that STI-SlimSoft introduced a new initiative aimed at “bringing Manufacturing Operations Management (MES/MOM) software to the cloud” during the MESA North American Conference today.  The intent, according to Andrew Waycott, CTO of STI-SlimSoft, is to open up the power of today’s Operations Management solutions to a much broader set of customers.  Most notably, he said, was that small and mid-sized manufacturers will be able to benefit from advanced capabilities often available only to larger enterprises.

STI-SlimSoft gave a presentation entitled, “The Cloud in Production Operations” as a first step in opening a broader, public discussion on the topic.  Company leaders are leveraging MESA as the forum to drive the discussions in industry, and are offering their leadership in doing so.  The MESA Technical Committee is considering white papers, presentations and other deliverables on the topic, as well as a possible Working Group.

MESA’s president Mike Yost commented, “I’m excited that STI-SlimSoft is stepping forward to offer their leadership in driving the conversation around ‘the cloud in production operations’.  As often happens with new technologies, people try to figure them out on their own.  MESA is the place where those conversations are unified and everyone’s best interests are represented.”

STI-SlimSoft also said they are ready to take inquiries from manufacturers about participating in a beta testing program for their first application available in the cloud environment.  The first is a packaging line application based on STI-SlimSoft’s proven SlimUp offerings, and is fully complemented with mobile apps for iPad, iPhone, and Android-based phones and tablets. The official launch is planned for Q3 of this year, with other vertical solution offerings to follow.

CEO of STI-SlimSoft, Charles Horth adds, "Today we are breaking new ground for Operations Management in the world of manufacturing. We hope to bring more manufacturers into a strong market position by delivering data where it’s needed without the investment in infrastructure."

Manufacturers interested in participating in the beta program or in gaining more information can go to or send an email to

About MESA International
MESA International (Manufacturing Enterprise Solutions Association) is a global not-for-profit industry association dedicated to improving outcomes for businesses and their people through the use of manufacturing information. MESA is comprised of manufacturers, producers, solution providers, and industry thought leaders collaborating to formulate practical strategies to turn plant-floor data into valuable knowledge for enterprise success. We do this by:
•Collecting, sharing, and publishing best practices to help drive greater productivity and the overall profitability of the manufacturing enterprise. Over 800 webcasts, guidebooks, whitepapers, studies, and surveys are available for download in our Resource Library.
•Educating professionals through our IACET-accredited  MESA Global Education Program (GEP).
•Facilitating collaboration among members in over 40 countries who connect, contribute, cultivate understanding, and exchange strategies to drive business results through real-time enterprise and Plant to Enterprise (P2E) integration.
•Creating partnerships with other industry associations and experts like the World Batch Forum (WBF). Our 2012 merger broadens our knowledge of ISA-95 related standards like B2MML, and ISA-88 related standards like BatchML.

The bottom line?  Members benefit from knowing what MESA knows.

About STI-SlimSoft
300 years of combined, real-world, manufacturing experience, coupled with proven expertise in implementing real-time manufacturing systems through a wide range of industry verticals makes STI-SlimSoft the best choice as your manufacturing systems partner.  Regardless of where you are on your operational excellence journey, STI-SlimSoft's proven solution offerings and implementation methodologies will ensure project success and real ROI for Manufacturing Execution Systems (MES) solutions and Manufacturing Operations Management (MOM).  With offices in the US, Canada, the United Kingdom and Central America, and with over 400 projects delivered in over 30 countries, STI-SlimSoft has the global reach to support manufacturers in 6 languages around the world.

Plant As A Service™,™, SlimUp™ are trademarks of STI-SlimSoft and its affiliated companies.  All other trademarks belong to their respective owners.

Charles A. Horth – CEO, STI-SlimSoft –
Andrew Waycott – CTO, STI-SlimSoft –
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