CHAPTER 11Visions

11.1 Merging the Systems

The production systems in the market today [enterprise resource planning (ERP) systems, product lifecycle management (PLM) systems, and manufacturing execution systems (MES)] have originated and grown from their individual areas of application. A large number of further functions, which are partly covered by other systems on the market, have been added to the originally specified core functions. This means that the systems overlap with regard to their characteristics.

In addition, the systems have different user philosophies, interfaces, and databases that can make them difficult to use. From the user’s point of view, it would be desirable to have one exclusive front end available for all functions. ...

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