Tuesday, May 28, 2013

Press Release: MESA announces the publishing of MESA White Paper #43

Applying Global MOM Systems in a Manufacturing 2.0 Approach
CHANDLER, ARIZ., May 28, 2013 - What is the Global Best Practice for Manufacturing Operations Management (MOM) systems and IT architecture? What practices do industry experts recommend for different manufacturing types and supply networks? Is your management thinking and corporate culture outdated for the changing global market? Is MOM technology too expensive and  your IT architecture unable to rapidly adapt to market change?

Manufacturing companies have long been reluctant to adopt the "new" thinking for operations work processes, especially where intelligent systems are making task-level decisions based on operations rules and real-time inputs. While plant equipment evolves continually, work processes supporting intelligent equipment are still primarily based on paper transactions to execute production orders, as if to say, "Our methods have worked for 20 years, why should we change them now?" With this thinking, the world of intelligence technology has evolved rapidly with only few adapting and most manufacturers left behind. The very few best-in-class manufacturers globally use the new developments in intelligent operations methods. The truly progressive ones have adopted these intelligent manufacturing developments most often through a trial and error process over 10-15 years.

So what do end user manufacturing technologists and manufacturing software vendors (MES/MOM vendors) need to change in their thinking?

These groups need to be exposed to the thinking and concepts of Manufacturing 2.0 (Mfg 2.0) as developed by the Gartner Group and then supported by case studies and Global Best Practice studies done by industry organizations such as MESA and the ISA-95 Best Practices Working Group. Once manufacturing companies start asking for flexible MOM systems based on Mfg 2.0 architecture, the vendors will follow.

This paper explores the four main perceptions and obstacles that the above-mentioned "best in class" progressive companies had to overcome to gain enterprise-wide acceptance of their MOM systems architecture as a corporate strategy.

The paper discusses four obstacles or perceptions as proof that end user manufacturing technologists and vendors are not progressive in their thinking, but reactive. These are:
  1. Why MOM and Not MES?
  2. Why Service-oriented Architecture (SOA) in Manufacturing?
  3. Why MDM for Manufacturing?
  4. Is EMI Best Positioned Against or With Business Intelligence (BI)?
For each of these concepts, what they mean and where they fit are explored individually to expose manufacturing technologists to the concepts and the benefits of accepting and working toward this vision. The paper concludes by evaluating the different integration approaches used over the years and comparing them to the current proposed "best practice" and Mfg 2.0 vision.

This paper 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 is also be published in the methodology best practices collection, The MOM Chronicles: ISA-95 Best Practices Book 3.0 (Published by ISA, February 2013)

All of MESA's white papers are available at www.mesa.org for MESA premium members, who have complimentary access to over 800 white papers, presentations, MOM/MES guidebooks, industry studies and web casts.

Gerhard Greeff, Bytes PMC
Charlie Gifford, 21st Century Manufacturing Solutions LLC

Contributing Editor:
Mike James, ATS International B.V.
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.

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