Development of a maturity model for the preparation of a successful MES implementation at small and medium-sized companies

Theme Production planning, Industry 4.0
Project title Development of a maturity model for the preparation of a successful MES implementation at small and medium-sized companies (MES-Ready)
Project duration 01.02.2020 – 31.01.2022
Press release

The use of a Manufacturing Execution System (MES) can contribute to an increase in performance and efficiency in the production of companies. Despite the many potentials of MES deployment, small and medium-sized enterprises (SME) in particular are hesitant to introduce an MES, as this can be associated with great financial and time expenditure. The implementation effort and the successful use of an MES depends, among other things, on the hardware used by the company and in what form and quality the data is recorded.

The goal of the research project MES-Ready is to provide SMEs with support for MES implementation. By means of a maturity model, the company-specific prerequisites for MES implementation are to be evaluated. Based on the resulting maturity model, recommendations for action to improve these prerequisites are to be derived.

In the research project MES-Ready a software demonstrator will be developed, which enables SMEs to determine their current prerequisites for MES introduction and to carry out a planned and monitored improvement of these prerequisites. Thus, the effort of MES implementation shall be reduced for the companies, misinvestments are avoided and a contribution is made to increase the international competitiveness of SMEs.

Sponsor

The IGF project 20742 N of the research association BVL is funded via the German Federation of Industrial Research Associations (AiF) in the programme of Industrial Collective Research (IGF) by the Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy (BMWi) based on a decision of the German Bundestag.

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