By Alexander Thomas
Traditional manufacturing execution system (MES) software can be a powerful tool for automating production processes, improving traceability, error proofing, and lowering cost – when an organization’s production environment is highly automated and the product line is high-volume and high-margin. For most production environments, however, the barriers of adopting a traditional MES have kept many organizations from digitizing their manufacturing environment.
Contrary to the longstanding view in the industry, a traditional MES is not the only path to digitizing and automating production. Today, new technologies are providing smarter, faster, and more affordable paperless shop floor alternatives to legacy solutions – where production records, training documents, standard operating procedures (SOPs), and much more are quickly and cost-effectively digitized under one platform. And the simplicity of these next-gen manufacturing execution systems extends to user adoption and configurability that easily maps to manufacturers’ existing processes.
The introduction of modern manufacturing solutions means that many of the common concerns today are more myth than fact.
For manufacturing organizations that haven’t fully digitized their production processes because of the high cost and complexity of conventional MES solutions, it’s time to put those fears to rest. This industry brief explores and dispels six common misconceptions of adopting MES in life sciences manufacturing.