With the impact of the economic crisis shorter product life cycles and lower margins have become the “new normal”. A satisfactory response requires manufacturing to become a distributed process. Have manufacturers been able to make the change in time and smoothly? Apparently not - shop floors have not been able to adapt to this changing environment at the rate that is needed. Manufacturing Execution Systems (MES) now need a re-haul. In a recent article I have put the spotlight on this situation that needs immediate attention and rectification - MES.
When such a sea-change has been seen in MES, how can manufacturers afford to resist change? Is the call for bring IT to the shop floor justified?