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Lean and Technology: Working Hand in Hand to Enable and Energize Your Global Supply Chain by Paul A. Myerson

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12. Manufacturing Execution Systems (MES)

Historically, Lean was exclusively used in manufacturing. Not surprisingly, manufacturing today has a little more experience than other sectors in terms of the technology enablement of Lean processes. One place we can see this clearly is in a category of software and hardware known as manufacturing execution systems (MES).

A manufacturing execution system is a control system for managing and monitoring work in process on a factory floor; it tracks manufacturing information, typically in real time, receiving data from robots, machine monitors, and employees (see Figure 12.1). In the past, manufacturing execution systems operated as self-contained systems, but today they are commonly integrated with enterprise ...

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