Although MES solutions can deliver many benefits, implementing an MES system can be risky. There are quite a few MES project success stories that you can find on the internet, but like with most things in life, there is always the other side of the coin. The simple truth is that many MES and manufacturing solutions fail to meet their objectives.
In 2008, one of the world’s biggest airlines introduced a new engineering-parts-management system for its employees. But after only a few years of operation, it was abandoned entirely, and they started from scratch designing a new one. How is it possible that they wrote-off a $40M project? It turned out that the solution was so complicated, so difficult to use that a big part of their staff just refused to use it, and even unions threatened management with a strike!
And how did this all happen? Instead of asking the aircraft engineers what they needed, the management built a solution that would be best for them. By failing to involve all of the right subject matter experts, they wasted $40M and then an additional three years building replacement solutions.
The effective rollout of a global manufacturing execution system is critical to achieving manufacturing excellence, but it is not an easy task. Implementing an all-encompassing system is usually a significant undertaking that needs to involve many people, teams, and it requires a specific scope of skills and best practices.
The mistakes companies make when implementing a solution often start at the first stage: defining requirements, which later manifest themselves during implementation. Failing to develop a proper scope of requirements has an impact on all subsequent project stages: design, development, pilot deployment, rollout, and maintenance. A mistake made in one phase takes its toll on the next. It is a chain reaction that many companies fail to consider. It is also, as the management of the airline discovered, very expensive.
In the following eBook, you will learn the common problems that occur in MES implementation, and you will acquire practical tips on how to avoid them.