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VIDEO: ERP Can’t Track OEE without the IIoT > ENGINEERING

  • In this video, John Rattray, senior vp of sales and marketing at Memex, discusses the benefits of using manufacturing execution systems to supplement ERP, and why manufacturers shouldn’t rely on ERP alone to manage OEE.
  • Manufacturing execution systems (MES) extend the coverage of your product lifecycle management (PLM) or ERP system, reaching into your machines to directly collect points of data such as speeds, temperatures and uptime.
  • If you use a job traveller sheet or ERP work order to track the job, and a statistical process control (SPC) to track machine performance, that underperforming machine may get lost in the data.
  • By collecting data on every job that passes through the machine, industrial internet of things (IIoT)-enabled shop floors can aggregate the data necessary to manage OEE and ultimately lower production costs.
  • For more on IIoT and OEE management, stay tuned: we have a video coming soon featuring the FANUC MT-Link i system, which allows you to observe and track machine performance in real time.

If you can’t measure how machines are operating, you can’t manage them.

Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) systems are a great tool for organizing your business, from accounting and purchasing, creating work orders through shipping and logistics. But what can ERP really tell you about what’s happening inside your machines?

In this video, John Rattray, senior vp of sales and marketing at Memex, discusses the benefits of using manufacturing execution systems to supplement ERP, and why manufacturers shouldn’t rely on ERP alone to manage OEE.

Manufacturing execution systems (MES) extend the coverage of your product lifecycle management (PLM) or ERP system, reaching into your machines to directly collect points of data such as speeds, temperatures and uptime. This data can drive your manufacturing process to greater overall equipment effectiveness (OEE).

Consider this example: I have 8 injection molding machines, and one of them chronically underperforms. If you use a job traveller sheet or ERP work order to track the job, and a statistical process control (SPC) to track machine performance, that underperforming machine may get lost in the data. Production will naturally drift onto the other machines, and your lowered OEE will be a mystery.

By collecting data on every job that passes through the machine, industrial internet of things (IIoT)-enabled shop floors can aggregate the data necessary to manage OEE and ultimately lower production costs. This includes finding opportunities to reduce waste, eliminate speed loss and avoid unplanned downtime through predictive maintenance.

VIDEO: ERP Can’t Track OEE without the IIoT > ENGINEERING