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Construction- Integration of MES/ERP Applied in Ceramic Production

Creating a New Standard for Global Ceramic Smart Factory

Hiphoenix Online


Implementation of MES (Manufacturing Execution System) must be based on the overall planning of enterprise informatization, and realize the interconnection with information islands such as ERP and equipment. Digital factory is the foundation of intelligent manufacturing. In digital factories, the activities of enterprise product life cycle establish a shared database and form useful information through data processing. The shared database uses relevant data and information to simulate the actual production process, optimize the production process, and realize the synchronization of monitoring and actual production process. The goal of establishing digital factory is to shorten the product development cycle, deliver on time, reduce inventory, improve product quality and respond to market demand quickly, so as to meet the individual needs of customers and improve enterprise efficiency to achieve sustainable development.


The core of digital factory construction is MES. It is a production information management system for workshop execution level of manufacturing enterprises. MES can provide enterprises such as Production Data management, Planning and Scheduling Management, Production Scheduling Management, Inventory Management, Quality Management, Production Process Control, Analysis of Underlying Data Integration, Decomposition of Upper Data Integration, etc. in order to create a reliable, comprehensive and feasible manufacturing collaborative management platform for enterprises


MES focuses on the implementation of workshop schedules, and enriches the functions of job-shop control and scheduling in order to meet the needs of the changeable workshop environment. That is to say, according to the traditional pyramid planning and controlling mode of enterprise production management, it is not comprehensive to regard MES only as execution system, because MES has developed into the core system of enterprise production management integration and leads a production system.


MES can help enterprises to provide a rapid response, flexible and deliberate manufacturing environment, and to reduce costs, deliver on time, improve product quality and improve service quality. It is a good enterprise information management tool for a large-scale continuous production and for a manufacturing enterprise having both large-scale and small-scale, multi-varieties productions.



MES can monitor the whole production process from raw materials to products, record the materials and equipment used in the production process, acquire the data of product testing results, and understand the production time and personnel in each process. Through the analysis of MES system, the information collected can show us the situations of production progress, target achievement, product quality and the utilization of human-machine on the real-time basis so as to make the whole production picture completely transparent. No matter when and where can enterprise managers understand the production situations clearly through the Internet.


MES optimizes the management of manufacturing process by the help of feedback results. The traceability function of the production process can make the enterprise very clear about the information of the raw material of the product, when the supplier provided, who the recipient was, the parameters of the inspection, the time of each production process, the technical parameters of the production, operators involved, and so forth. Enterprises can understand the factors of high cost or unstable product quality on the basis of these feedback information so as to make adjustment in real time. At the same time, the obtained data provides effective support for the decision-making of production management, so that the problems in production process can be exposed and dealt with in time. Therefore, MES can optimize the whole workshop manufacturing process, rather than just solve a single production problem. MES must provide the function of real-time data collection in production process and make corresponding analysis and processing. MES also needs to exchange information with the planning system to achieve full integration of enterprise information through continuous information exchange.


Being an important role between the planning system and field acquisition system, MES needs to be integrated with many IT systems, such as ERP, SRM, WMS, PDM, CRM and FEM.


However, before realizing the MES project, we must consider that the completion of MES must be based on the overall planning of enterprise informatization, and require the satisfaction of the soft and hard conditions. Soft conditions include: very clear demands of enterprise, human resources assistance, a strong core management team, full participation of customer work, relatively adequate funds, basic management structure, accurate basic data and so on. Hard conditions include: network construction in place, high degree of automated equipment and support for a variety of data acquisition methods.


In addition, as the core system of enterprise production management, MES must be closely connected with ERP system, production equipment and automated system. MES can be expected to be achieved only when combined with automation technology and digitization technology of manufacturing. Therefore, it is not easy for ceramic enterprises which usually adopts traditional manufacturing methods to achieve good results if they want to implement MES. This is why Hiphoenix is committed to the successful realization of the true industrial 4.0 and smart factory in our ceramic production industry through the strategic cooperation model of our supply chain technologies among the ceramic and other industries.

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