The PLM-MES product-to-production platform promotes excellence in shop floor execution outcomes.

Processes related to both capturing and maintaining competitive advantages in global markets are quite complex in nature, and require new levels of competence in product development and launch operation stages. In such a competitive environment, many manufacturers recognize the importance of utilizing both advanced robotics and collaborative machines and sensors in the development of organized integrations of networks that are bolstered with direct connections to broader value chains.

Not to be overlooked is the fact that this value chain also needs to include an intelligent product-to-production platform link that surpasses the advantages of traditional models. One of the strongest features provided by the product lifecycle management (PLM) and manufacturing execution system (MES) integration is its ability to directly link product requirements, design, and manufacturing information to shop floor execution systems. Such integration engenders a seamless communication pathway that not only supports and strengthens production adeptness, but also gives companies a competitive edge in speed and accuracy to develop innovative products. These optimized methods prove their value to where they are most advantageous: real-world production.

With PLM-MES integration, manufacturers gain a tool that allows them to continuously respond to shifting demands. It does so by sharing the latest product designs and assembly methods with a more connected, more efficient, and more effective production value chain, thus establishing complete transparency between production and engineering teams. In a manufacturing atmosphere in which technology is continuously changing and advancing; consumer demands are shifting; and market pressure is increasing, Siemens’ intelligent product-to-production platform provides its users with the competitive advantages they seek. Increasing Speed-to-Market

Speed-to-market can only serve as a competitive advantage if, and when, the manufacturing company has the resources to make its decisions based on careful analyses, not those rushed by time constraints. The PLM-MES solution supports the Teamcenter platform by ensuring that the company’s engineering teams –from design to production– have at hand the kinds of right and contextual information that will allow them to transmit optimal execution plans directly to its manufacturing operations.

Understanding Available Options

The achievement of peak efficiency levels in manufacturing operations is significantly dependent on easy accessibility to key performance indicators to all stakeholders in the production chain. Siemens’ PLM-MES solution provides the transparency necessary so that each individual in the chain can easily understand the range of options available to achieve effective execution and continual improvement of production strategies.

Quality Control

When controlling for quality manufacturing, it becomes evident that manual processes may result in the risk of errors in specifications that were defined prior to beginning production. The PLM-MES program responds to this issue by providing a range of quality components that automate the quality specifications as they move to the company’s quality control inspection operations on the shop floor.