Many manufacturers understand the benefit of an MES for their shop floor operations, but struggle to build a case for implementation. We offer three tips for building a convincing case for MES.
By David Oeters, Corporate Communications with CIMx Software
Ever try to convince a 3 year-old to eat vegetables?
Most times, you explore tactics looking for one that works. You start with logic (“It’s good for you!”). Then you try threats (“Eat those peas, now!”) before moving on to bartering (“We’ll eat dessert if you try the peas.) Finally, other strategies are considered, like reverse psychology (“I figured you wouldn’t eat the good peas,”) identification, (“Dora likes to eat peas,”) to pure insanity (“Tater tots are SO lonely in your belly, can they play with peas?”). The negotiation continues until you find the strategy that works… and many times it never does.
Unfortunately, for many shop floors, building a case study for MES resembles convincing a 3-year old to eat peas. The MES team knows there is a problem (more than likely, many problems). They need to present a convincing case study, but aren’t sure how to start. The team will try everything to build a case, creating a mess that does more to confuse than convince.