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 – 31.10.2022
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.

Publications about the project

How can companies get the most out of their manufacturing and be economically successful even in a high-wage location? A Manufacturing Execution System – a process-oriented level of a multi-layer production management system – can help. This enables companies to optimize their production planning and control.

A large number of small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) currently still do without this support because the effort required to introduce such a system appears too great. One way to reduce the effort involved is to prepare comprehensively for the MES introduction. An "MES Readiness Check" should provide support for this preparation. It reveals the demands that this introduction phase places on companies. The company can check whether it meets the necessary requirements.

Manufacturing Execution System, MES, Digitalization

Maturity-based Evaluation of Requirements for a Successful MES Implementation. The use of a Manufacturing Execution System (MES) can offer many advantages for companies, but the implementation often poses a great challenge. The determination of necessary requirements, their fulfilment by the company and their consideration in the implementation process are decisive for a successful implementation. In the following article, the development of a maturity-based method for the evaluation and improvement of the companyspecific fulfilment of the requirements of an MES implementation is presented.

Manufacturing Execution System, Maturity Model, Digitalization


The IGF project 20742 N of the research association BVL was 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 Climate Action (BMWK) based on a decision of the German Bundestag.


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