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What is Manufacturing Execution System

Encyclopedia of Information Science and Technology, Second Edition
A collection of hardware/software components that enables the management to control production activities from order launch to finished goods. While maintaining current and accurate data, a MES guides, initiates, responds to and reports on plant activities as they occur. MES provides mission-critical information about production activities to decision support processes across the shop floor level of manufacturing management (Barkmeyer, Denno, Feng, Jones, & Wallace, 1999)
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Integration of MES and ERP
Vladimír Modrák (Technical University of Košice, Slovakia)
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-60566-026-4.ch330
In the present manufacturing paradigm, manufacturing execution systems (MESs) play a significant role in effective manufacturing management. Offered software solutions simultaneously close the gap between Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) systems and production equipment control or SCADA (Supervisory Control and Data Acquisition) applications. Current ERP systems usually contain modules for material management, accounting, human resource management and all other functions that support business operations. In the past years, the role of ERP has been extended to cross-organizational coordination. Nowadays, as optimization of production activities is increasingly topical, a cooperation of ERP and MES becomes a serious concern of manufacturing managers.
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