Many large national, multinational and global manufacturing organizations have grown through mergers and acquisitions.As a result these companies are now equipped with multiple production plants across regions for producing the same, similar or variations of a products. At the plant level, the use of software and IT such as manufacturing execution systems (MES) has proven benefits beyond increased operational efficiency by facilitating continuous improvement and providing real-time visibility into operational execution for better decision making and collaboration between plant and enterprise functions. But traditional deployments centered on one individual plant are no longer sufficient to keep up with today’s business transformation needs. Multi-site enterprises are adopting a broader transformative view of manufacturing to take advantage of new, significant enterprise-wide opportunities such as:
- Business-wide scorecards and consistent KPIs for enterprise-wide transparency in cost, capacity and inventory
- A fully connected business with visualization and accessibility of information, for greater business agility and pace of innovations
- A consistent, documented regulatory compliance approach to minimize risks
- Easy sharing of best practices in a culture of continuous improvement and operational excellence
- Bridging the IT/OT gap to standardize the number of applications across the business and reduce the cost of manufacturing IT ownership.
Enabling Multi-Site Manufacturing Operations TransformationThe primary enabler of an effective multi-site Manufacturing Operations Transformation is the enterprise-wide standardization of operational processes, enabled through the standardization of information technologies. Such IT harmonization is the foundation to digitally model, integrate, execute, and govern operational processes and related data and information flow consistently across multiple plants. The physical attributes and even the level of automation of manufacturing plants in an enterprise may vary, but what standardization strives for is a common way of monitoring, measuring and interacting with each manufacturing location. This requires a unified digital representation of plant in information and process models towards the enterprise and the ability to execute standardized processes with adaptability to the variations in physical process execution and assets in each plant.
Keith Chambers explains the benefits of a model-driven MES framework for multi-site adoption
Wonderware enables the standardization of operational processes and best practices across multiple sites with the following components:
- An open engineering and runtime platform, hardened for industrial use and designed for integration of business, manufacturing operations, production processes and data to blend human and automated activity in the execution of standardized processes and business rules.
- A broad set of industrial applications ranging from rapid ROI equipment performance optimization to full manufacturing operations management functionality.
- Reusable templates for operations processes and user interfaces to standardize operations and simplify deployment to equipment and people.
- A methodological approach to multi-site deployments that includes a center of excellence for designing and sustaining the core solution templates as well as local teams to support deployment at each site.
Additional Helpful Links:
- What is Manufacturing Operations Management (MOM)?
- Multi-site Manufacturing Operations Management
- Manufacturing Performance Management
- Operations and Execution Management
- Automation World Podcast - the Trend Toward Multi-site Production Systems Standardization
- Embarking on Your Manufacturing Operations Transformation Journey
- Customer Success Stories: