MES Product Survey

Today, there are more manufacturing execution system (MES) technologies and solutions to choose from than ever before. CGI conducts an annual MES Product Survey to help our clients and partners navigate this complex market.

Now in its 17th year, our MES Product Survey report provides clear product overviews and insights into MES market developments. This year, suppliers from around the world told us about 74 products and related services, as well as their key focus areas.

From a client’s point of view, potential MES buyers feel pressure from their customers on one hand, and from stringent rules and regulations on the other. Not only do manufacturers need to deliver a good product, they also have to prove it meets the required quality criteria. So, if you’re measuring these already, then why not use them to your advantage? Managers can use an MES to contribute to their strategic aims. It helps them achieve operational excellence, while simultaneously improving their competitive position.

Copies of the 2016 report can be ordered from our MES Product Survey order page or from MESA International.

What to expect in the 2016 report:

  • The trend toward more mature solutions for manufacturing operations management (MOM) persists. Today, MES/MOM products increasingly support quality, maintenance and inventory operations. After some years of divergence, vendors report having more preconfigured solutions and modules for industry-specific processes than ever before.
  • Manufacturers yearn for maturity as well. A decade ago, manufacturing execution systems were still the domain of technical automation. In recent years, managers have viewed these systems as contributors to their strategic aims. However, too often the plant manager is held responsible for the primary process. Organizations in this sector are standardizing their processes and systems. By doing so, they are able to organize the distributed supply chain and manufacturing more cost-efficiently, as well as reduce distribution and maintenance costs and use best practices.
  • Responding MES vendors view standardization of manufacturing operation processes as a prerequisite for successfully deploying their MES solutions. An adequate governance and change management approach is considered as equally important.
  • In nearly all cases, technology is not a restricting factor anymore. Due to initiatives, such as Industry 4.0 and advanced manufacturing, new technologies like Internet of Things (IoT) and big data analytics are becoming available.  Many vendors are enhancing their products by adding specific smart manufacturing-related functionality. The goal is to support a wide variety of activities by providing the right information, at the right time, to the right people. This enables them to make better decisions in the complex environments in which they have to operate and deliver top performance. Standards are now available to guide the integration of MES applications to ERP solutions and to process control systems.

In summary, MES buyers now have more choice. The first challenge is to find an effective way to sort through the long list of potential solutions. CGI’s MES Product Survey will help them accelerate this step.