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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.  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.
It seems that it is easy to achieve the initial benefits and then move attention to other things. Does management even know about these potential benefits? Has the organization bothered to present these additional areas of improvement as possible phase 2 or phase 3 projects with their own ROI?
- Integration of in-process quality management processes, material review board (MRB), rework specifications, and corrective action management
- Integration of automated factory equipment like parts placement and inspection equipment that collected a lot of data that could be pumped directly into the MES
- Integration of engineering data directly from the PLM system including 3D CAD as the basis for 3D visuals for work instructions and integration of specification in PMI directly into the MES inspection verification requirements
- Integration of the supply chain management processes including supplier quality management
 Get the Most Out of Digital Manufacturing by Extending the Value of Your Manufacturing Execution System, Franzosa, Gartner, 2016