Friday, March 15, 2019

Hidden Treasures in Plain Sight – At the Manufacturer’s Shelf

By Conrad Leiva, Chair of MESA's Smart Manufacturing Working Group

Download ‘MESA/Gartner Business Value of MES Survey 17’ results.  |  This blog is a MESA Member Point of View

There are hidden treasures at the manufacturer’s shelf and we are not talking about the inventory shelf. We are talking in this article about the IT shelf of already owned software that is not being used. More specifically about the Manufacturing Operations Management (MOM) or Manufacturing Execution System (MES) software the company purchased a few years back that hasn’t been deployed to its full capabilities.


Gartner has recently published some interesting results from a joint survey with MESA International — results that validate this premise. [1] Figure 1 below (Figure 4 in the report) shows that even though most companies have achieved the expected return on investment (ROI), they still believe that there is more value to capture with their MES.


Thursday, January 31, 2019

Slow but Steady Progress Towards Smart Manufacturing

This blog is MESA Peer Reviewed

By Conrad Leiva, Chair of MESA's Smart Manufacturing Working Group


The manufacturing industry continues to make progress towards the vision of a fourth industrial revolution—a  vision of revolutionary productivity increase. How? Through the the higher levels of automation, orchestration and optimization enabled by Smart Manufacturing’s higher levels of connectivity and data transparency from each resource, plant and partner in the new manufacturing ecosystem.

In the Figure 1 below, we compare results from 2017 survey data compiled by IndustryWeek and MESA International [1] to results from a 2018 poll running at MESA International’s website [2]. At first glance,  it might seem that the number of Smart Manufacturing projects implemented are going down, but that  decrease in percentage is explained by an increase in the percentage of companies planning and researching the topic and a decrease in the percentage of companies not doing anything.