Manufacaturers have to contend with greater competition and increasingly complex supply chains created by continuing industry consolidation and globalization. In addition, they have to comply with a growing range of regulations covering environmental, safety and financial activities.
To solve those problems, many companies are turning to manufacturing execution systems (MES) technology, which integrates information systems on the plant floor with overall enterprise systems. The result, ideally, is the ability to weave manufacturing more closely into the business. Doing so can have a significant impact on business performance.