Title: Manufacturing execution systems: an accelerated enablement protocol

Authors: A. Telukdarie

Addresses: Post Graduate School of Engineering Management, University of Johannesburg, Johannesburg, South Africa

Abstract: Production facilities deliver value as subsets of larger corporate entities with a key enabler being systems, inclusive of enterprise resource planning and supplementary systems. The enterprise requires operational data for strategic and operational management. The efficiency of top floor to shop floor communication and vice versa, is highly dependent upon the technological maturity of the middle layer or manufacturing execution systems. This research focuses on the development of an evaluation toolset for manufacturing execution systems maturity, specifically determining a 'business units' system maturity relative to best practice. The core purpose of this research is to deliver a toolset that expedites the evaluation of current business specific systems. The toolset development is approached on a tiered basis with a business process specific focus. Results analysis focus on current maturity, required maturity and gap emphasis. The potential application of the toolset includes any environment which requires business to manufacturing integration.

Keywords: manufacturing execution systems; MES; systems; evaluation tools; business optimisation.

DOI: 10.1504/IJIE.2017.089206

International Journal of Intelligent Enterprise, 2017 Vol.4 No.4, pp.283 - 302

Received: 27 Feb 2017
Accepted: 01 Jun 2017

Published online: 02 Jan 2018 *

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