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Maximizing Profit Margins: How a MES Platform Can Transform Your Manufacturing Floor

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Craig Scott

Founder and CEO of Fuuz

Maximize profit with the MES Platform.

The manufacturing landscape is highly competitive and digital technologies have emerged as an invaluable tool for eliminating inefficiencies, boosting customer retention, and maximizing profitability on the plant floor. Many companies are swapping error-prone, paper-based processes and disparate solutions for integrated, cloud-based ones that can deliver a quick return on investment (ROI). 

If you’re considering a similar shift, one of the first places you should look is your Manufacturing Execution System (MES). All manufacturers are already using MES in some form, even if your system is as simplistic as Excel and manual spreadsheets. Upgrading to a cloud-based MES that integrates with your ERP is a natural stepping stone, and many manufacturers have taken note. The MES market is expected to experience a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 10.8% between now and 2030. 

We recommend going a step further with an option you may not have heard of yet, and that’s an MES platform. The next generation of MES technology, MES platforms like the Fuuz MES Platform blend powerful cloud infrastructure with manufacturing modules and integrations to deliver the ultimate value. 

Most Fuuz customers achieve a full ROI in a matter of months while eliminating the need for costly tech investments in the future because our solution is scalable, extensible, and will grow with your business as it evolves. Here are a few of the ways an MES platform can benefit your bottom line:

Reducing Defects, Scrap and Enhancing Accountability

One of the most direct impacts of MES implementation is the reduction of scrap and defects. With real-time data analysis and process tracking, manufacturers can identify and fix issues right away, ensuring that quality standards are met and exceeded. 

Fuuz MES Platform customers report an up to 23% reduction in defects and scrap, which plays an integral part in increasing an enterprise’s overall value. Plus, every step of the production process is meticulously logged and attributed, minimizing errors and improving overall efficiency.

Improved Overall Equipment Effectiveness (OEE) and Productivity

MES platforms contribute to improved OEE by providing real-time insights into equipment performance and efficiency. As mentioned in the first point, it’s productivity benefits like these that continue contributing to the overall company value. 

Cloud MES solutions also encourage proactive maintenance, minimizing downtime and optimizing production cycles. If you’re looking to enhance productivity and reduce bottlenecks through streamlined processes, investing in customizable technology is a superpower you must have.

Better Data Accuracy and Real-Time Decision-Making

One of the best things about cloud MES is that it complements your ERP and fills gaps enterprise software wasn’t designed to handle. Our solution, for example, can handle incredible amounts of data and connects all of your machines, workstations, processes, and existing software in a centralized database that can pass data in and out of your ERP in real time. 

The result? Improved data analytics for information decision-making on the fly. Accurate, up-to-the-minute data ensures that adjustments can be made swiftly, improving overall agility and responsiveness to market demands. This assessment capability, which includes tracking everything from product setup, dispatching, tracking, and reporting, is instrumental in staying ahead in today’s competitive environment.

Enhanced Traceability and Quality Control

MES platforms play a crucial role in ensuring traceability, and therefore accountability, throughout the production process. This not only reduces overhead on quality concerns but also minimizes the likelihood of mishaps reaching the customer in a worst-case scenario. With precise tracking of process and product quality, manufacturers can build a reputation for reliability and excellence. Fuuz MES Platform customers report an up to 40% reduction in cost of quality.

Efficient Scheduling for Flexible Operations

Supply chain disruption and shifting customer demand contribute to market volatility and modern manufacturers need to be able to shift production in an instant. Failing to do so can result in higher costs, late charges, product waste, and, worst of all, damage to customer relationships. MES platforms give manufacturers complete visibility into and control over their production environment, making it easy to change processes and ensure timely deliveries.

They also enable a strategic approach to maintenance, eliminating run-to-fail methodologies that can result in costly unplanned downtime. The Fuuz MES Platform’s CMMS module enables you to plan and schedule preventative maintenance, minimize downtime, and ensure the seamless operation of your factory floor.

Optimizing Expendables and Introducing Barcode Scanning

Tracking expendables through MES platforms enables manufacturers to charge customers when returnable items run out, ensuring some sort of cost recovery – a process that should be in place on every manufacturer’s floor. Incorporating barcoding and scanning into the production process eliminates paper on the floor, reduces mislabeled products, and minimizes sorting or rework charges – which further improves overall efficiency and accuracy.

Streamlined Hiring and Onboarding with Cloud MES

Did you know that MES platforms help companies attract and retain skilled workers? By offering advanced technology and streamlined processes, real-time data, digitized work instructions, and immediate access to requirements, companies can reduce training and onboarding times while improving job satisfaction. This allows new employees to contribute more rapidly to the production process versus getting stuck in the onboarding process where they’re never truly meeting their full potential as an employee.

Every manufacturer wants to produce the highest quality product for the lowest possible cost, and the best way to do that is with an MES platform that goes above and beyond a traditional MES solution or limited manufacturing modules found within most ERPs. Are you ready to identify and solve inefficiencies in your manufacturing process? We can help; get started by signing up for a free manufacturing operations assessment today.