The Value of Advanced MES in Modern Manufacturing

Posted on 12 May 2023 by The Manufacturer
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Epicor solutions can help your business get the start-to-finish picture of your daily operations, boost efficiency, and drive results.

Staying competitive isn’t easy in today’s evolving manufacturing space. How do you increase efficiency and reduce costs, while still complying with your customers’ requirements? That’s where the capabilities of Epicor Advanced MES come into play. Advanced MES utilises Industry 4.0 technology on the shop floor—such as cyber-physical systems and Internet of Things (IoT) sensors—to help you gain the competitive advantage you need, both now and in the future.

Discrete manufacturers use Advanced MES to improve quality, reduce scrap, help ensure on-time delivery, and boost production throughput. It’s all about improving production execution and performance efficiency to gain a competitive advantage. How do you make more without more assets? Uncover and eliminate downtime to make more parts or cut costs.

Advanced MES can improve profitability by helping you find more capacity.

Epicor Advanced MES collects data directly from equipment and operators on the shop floor in real time, minimizing inaccurate and time-consuming manual data collection. With information instantly in your hands, you can anticipate and solve production problems before they happen. Real-time insight helps you pinpoint critical issues, reduce waste, and improve quality and customer service. Everyone in the plant and throughout the business can take action to improve manufacturing performance.

Designed For Your Industry

Epicor Advanced MES was designed with your industry in mind. With its origin in the rubber, plastics, automotive, and metals industries, Epicor Advanced MES has more than 20 years of domain and industry best practices built in, yet it offers you the agility to meet changing demands and requirements.

Epicor Advanced MES is an out-of-the-box, configurable MES solution that enables rapid implementation while still being fully extensible to meet the most demanding requirements.

Epicor Advanced MES isn’t just a platform—it’s a purpose-built point solution, meaning you won’t need extensive consulting and expensive customisations to get a quick return on your investment. Out-of-the-box tools for every level of the organisation make it easy to see almost immediate business results, and Epicor makes it simple to connect to your data—no matter how time-worn or modern. Epicor Advanced MES also uses open connectivity protocol (OPC), programmable logic controllers (PLC), machine interface units (MIU), and personal computer (PC) interfaces.


Epicor Advanced MES collects production data automatically, and it can pass this information directly to your ERP system. Operators on the shop floor use touchscreen technology to add depth and dimension to the automatic production data, giving you a clear picture of the details of downtime, cycle time, quality, and scrap.

Whether you’re making on-the-fly production schedule changes, setting up daily operations meetings, or managing dashboards and reports, Epicor Advanced MES is easy to use and ideal for viewing one-click, drill-down insights. Most importantly, it has the option of a data exchange module that allows bi-directional integration with your other business systems such as ERP, so you can connect your top floor to your shop floor.

Real-time insight for better production and business performance

Your business isn’t like anyone else’s, and neither is ours. Is better productivity your goal? You need accurate data and fast information. If you’ve set your sights on operational excellence, you need it even faster.

Either way, real-time automated production data direct from your machines is the gold standard in performance improvement. We’ve exceeded that standard with the analysis, reporting, and planning you need to achieve your goals.

Epicor can help with business planning and turn strategies into tactics for improvement, because getting better is easy when the facts are clear. Ready to retire your manual data collection and intervention steps? With Advanced MES, you get accurate data instantly—not minutes, hours, or shifts later.

You and the entire operations and production teams can work collaboratively to reduce waste, inventory, and downtime; optimise equipment and capital and worker resources; and drive performance gains with Epicor.

Real-time production information boosts your continuous improvement initiative and lets you discover hidden opportunities to increase quality and yield. With more free capacity and jobs running on schedule, you can consistently exceed customer expectations and gain more business.

Epicor has 50 years of experience delivering industry-focused, world-class solutions, and ongoing customer care and service to over 24,000 customer installations. It is a true global solutions partner with support offices all over the world. The key vehicle that transforms Epicor for Industrial Machinery into a successful business solution is our Implementation Methodology. Epicor delivers one of the most cost-effective and efficient techniques to plan, design, validate, and deploy your Epicor solution. Staffed with direct employees around the globe who are extensively trained and equipped with world-class implementation tools, Epicor follows our proven methodology designed specifically around Epicor software and our customers. The result is an on-time, on-budget implementation of your Epicor solution that allows your company to quickly begin using Epicor Advanced MES in day-to-day operations—saving you time and money by providing broad functionality at a lower total cost of ownership.

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