Factoring MES Into Your Integration Equation

Oct 21, 2011 12:00:00 AM

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The integration buzz recently has been over Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) and Product Lifecycle Management (PLM), but at the end of the day, isn’t the goal is to have all of our systems in sync?

Maybe I should back up just a bit.  Because the end goal is not to get our machines talking – but to boost our bottom-line – which will require us to improve our processes, achieve greater visibility into our supply chains and effectively communicate in real-time with our teams across the globe.  And achievement of this objective will come to us much more quickly if we start to think about integration in a much larger way.

Earlier this year, Stephanie Neil of Manufacturing Automation wrote that Manufacturing Execution Systems (MES) must fit into our integration equation.

Neil writes:

MES has historically been considered an isolated application responsible only for managing the flow on the factory floor. But today MES also takes orders from ERP, keeps tabs on inventory in the warehouse, and monitors packaging before it is pushed out the door to distribution. The software is, indeed, integrated into the enterprise.”

What Neil teases at in the paragraph above is a viable powerhouse of a solution – an integrated system combining engineering and manufacturing that leads to unprecedented efficiency and operational improvement.

And what this means for manufacturers is:

  • More effective communication – As Neil writes, MES can deliver work instructions to move a product prototype into production on the factory floor, helping to solidify communication between different departments.

  • Greater Inventory Visibility –MES helps team members across departments and across the globe keep tabs on all available materials.

  • Improved Processes – Achieved with better alignment between manufacturing and departments ranging from engineering to finance.

With MES integration, manufacturers can experience greater speed and management during everything from product shipment to product recalls – and even help significantly reduce manufacturing mistakes.  And it’s this that will lead to our ultimate objective – improving our bottom-line.

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Luciano Cunha

Luciano Cunha

Chief Executive Officer (CEO) For Luciano, being responsible for To-Increase’s global sales and marketing means unleashing the company’s insight, innovation, and creativity to tell our story and help customers achieve their goals. On the road much of the time, he travels the world to meet with customers, understand their challenges and ambitions, and find the most effective ways to help them advance. Luciano develops and mentors our marketing and sales team, and creates strategies to help the To-Increase worldwide partner channel thrive and grow.
Making Customer Needs the Main Business Driver Luciano and his team have daily conversations with the To-Increase research and development organization to bring customers’ requirements and concerns into the road maps and design of our solutions. Luciano brings his insight to the marketing group to make sure the company’s communications resonate with customers and speak directly to their experience.
“I’m awed by customers’ innovative spirit in taking business management technology past its limits and by their generosity in letting us participate and empower them. I hope to transform our organization to become even more customer-centric than we are today. That means making more resources available to spend productive time with both our customers and partners, so we can ensure that we place into customer businesses effective solutions that fit the evolutionary stage of their operation and the way their people and processes work.”
Empowering a Global Channel
Because To-Increase only sells through partners, readying the channel to be successful in helping customers is a business-critical effort. Luciano aims to meet partners where their interests are. Partners who consider the relationship with To-Increase strategic can rely on our industry specialists to work with them as they plan their growth and serve customers. If partners prefer a less collaborative relationship, they still receive the rich To-Increase expertise and resources to ensure they win the business, perform a successful deployment, and retain a satisfied customer. In working with partners and their customers, Luciano brings to bear his experience of many years of creating successful, customer-focused business development and marketing strategies in many of the world’s countries and regions.
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Looking into the near future, Luciano expects that customers will continue to expect To-Increase to help them make business sense of unfolding trends and technologies. For example, the internet of things (IoT) will thoroughly revolutionize manufacturing, engineering, and supply chains. Big data will be meaningful and valuable when decision-makers can use technology solutions to transform it into actionable business intelligence that supports key roles and business processes. Mobility will help companies become digital enterprises and move business processes forward from any location, at any time. Team To-Increase harnesses innovation to help customers translate the promise of these technologies into business results.
Before his current role, Luciano for several years was one of To-Increase’s global industry directors, responsible for our industry solutions. His experience also spans more than 17 years in IT and manufacturing management roles. These positions took him into various areas at IBM Brazil, serving as product manager for several software development companies, and included working in senior management at a manufacturing organization in the U.S.
Luciano is married with two young children. Away from work, he enjoys participating in a soccer class together with his son and daughter as well as taking relaxing walks in natural environments with his family.

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