What is Manufacturing Operations Management?

Modern Manufacturing Operations Management focuses on digitizing operations and information for both efficiency and transparency.

Maintain Production Value
with Wonderware Manufacturing Operations Management

Manufacturing Operations Management (MOM) is the art of setting the policies and rules necessary to maintain production value and ensuring that everyone and everything operate accordingly.  It involves the optimization of equipment, inventory, process execution and staffing around strategic objectives such as cost reduction, quality control and throughput continuous improvement in the following areas:

Manufacturing Operations Management is delivered by applications that digitize of operational processes and information to enable both efficiency and transparency. These can be deployed at single-or multiple sites. They key, especially in multi-site applications, is to enforce consistent reporting, analysis and standardization of business processes.

Scalable Solutions

Companies can approach MOM from an equipment performance perspective only or can evolve to maximum MOM functionality, integrating operations and execution, business process automation or batch management as needed. They can implement MOM locally or can standardize processes, templates and procedures for enterprise deployment.

What is special about Wonderware MES/MOM?

Operations Management Solutions provide the backbone for optimized operations, including manufacturing execution, reporting and analysis, information management, energy management, and application/enterprise integration.

Manage Human and Machine Operations with Precision

Effective management of manufacturing operations should start with identification of the KPIs that will drive measurement and improvement. This guides setting priorities on the functions for automation and selecting the appropriate applications.

  • Manufacturing Execution Systems (MES)

    Helps in measuring equipment performance KPI’s and in managing and executing production rules and policies for both manual and automated operations.

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  • Business Process Management (BPM)

    Helps to consistently enforce rules and policies, streamlines activity between automated and human activity while maintaining SOPs.

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  • Wonderware Enterprise Integration (WEI)

    Wonderware Enterprise Integrator enables message exchange and automatic data synchronization between two or more business or plant applications.

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  • Model-driven Multi-site standardization techniques

    For any transformation to succeed your team must understand your business objectives and have the skills to create and implement the design.

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Who benefits from Manufacturing Operations Management?

Effective operations delivers benefits for both operations and plant management.

  • Plant operations can…

    1. Go lean – Manage work order execution by providing electronic work instructions to operators, download set up  parameters to equipment, leverage  governance to enforce processes and product quality,  optimize inventory levels and logistics to ensure uninterrupted production 
    2. Optimize asset utilization – Monitor asset Overall Equipment Effectiveness (OEE) and downtime events to  identify bottlenecks,  establish best practices when comparing line-to-line and equipment-to-equipment performance effectiveness  
    3. Maintain quality – Enforce consistent product quality by following defined production processes,
      job procedures and use of specified materials to achieve quality to specifications   
    4. Improve quality – Reduce waste, minimize variations and improve yields by reducing quality giveaway using statistical process control (SPC) methods

  • Management can…

    1. Drive business performance – Are people following the same procedures and adopting best practices? Are quality variations impacting the bottom line results? Are business operations and plant operations provided with the real time visibility to take the best planning decisions?
    2. Document compliance – Reduce the risk of recalls and protect your brand equity by enforcing and ensuring that products are produced to specifications. Document the manufacturing execution process with detailed traceability and quality records 
    3. See the process – Achieve supply chain visibility and decision making support to make better planning decisions and meet customer satisfaction targets
    4. Ride the wave – Facilitate closer integration of business planning and business functions with manufacturing operations to increase agility, take advantage of profitable opportunities in market demand and optimize plant capacity

Stay compliant - Wonderware helps you comply with today’s regulations by documenting execution events, material flows and quality of products and processes. Automated electronic recordkeeping reduces the cost of compliance and eliminates extensive manual work and potential errors in data collection, transformation and quality certificates.

Haphazard development of rules and procedures is no fun for anyone. It also adds costs and saps value. Getting everyone on the same procedural page is no longer wishful thinking. Wonderware applications help organizations do it every day.

Redefining Manufacturing Operations Management

Better management of industrial operations can have significant business benefits. But many companies continue to rely on personal or manual approaches that may not be as efficient, but are more familiar. Such approaches are too inconsistent and isolated and when analyzed, prove to be terribly inefficient. Collaboration is also challenging with traditional methods and when the experts retire or change jobs their expertise goes with them.

Manufacturing Operations Management (MOM) and supporting Manufacturing Execution System (MES) software have made great strides in bringing order, but unless they are easy to use and model the real-world dynamics of the plant, they may not be used to their fullest potential. Traditional MOM/MES approaches can also be very rigid, locking in procedures that become obsolete the day they are implemented.  And if you need to make changes to capitalize on emerging business opportunities, you may be out of luck.

Wonderware Manufacturing Operations Management is different. It encompasses everything in the MOM/MES world, but raises it to a new level of effectiveness. It uses a unique approach that models the real-world interactions between your physical plant, your processes and your people. It provides a core set of templates tuned to your operations and an easy-to-use engineering environment that empowers you to refine and adapt easily, without need for coding.

A Closer Look at Model-Driven Operations Management

Wonderware Manufacturing Operations Management defines activity between the basic plant control system and the plant floor in terms of relationships among business rules, physical equipment and user interfaces. Each machine on the plant floor, for example, is represented by a hierarchy of reusable software objects characterized by its connectivity, user interfaces, security, scripts and workflows.

Likewise, business rules and user interfaces are modeled and maintained independently, so that each can be advanced without impacting the other. 

The Wonderware System Platform provides a real-time, plant-wide platform, across which  MES applications can use the models to blend human and automated activity in the execution of standardized business rules and processes. The platform adapts reusable components to individual local physical equipment and automation, while maintaining the data and information models of the processes and data flow of data to other applications.

Wonderware Skelta BPM software adds further functionality by providing a powerful workflow engine that pulls reusable, model-compliant procedural components from multiple applications and applies them for operational execution, business rule enforcement and change management. In addition to enforcing multi-site procedural consistency, this helps brings previously isolated manual activity into the automation realm.

Benefits of Model-Driven Operations Management

  • Filling the white space. Human action becomes more accurate, more predictable and more integrated into the world of real-time operations
  • Power to the process. Project execution shifts from managing code to managing production and standard operating procedures (SOPs)
  • Separate but integrated. Business rules are decoupled from user interfaces and equipment, so each can be defined and maintained independently, yet integrated into workflows as needed to accomplish specific objectives
  • Pre-I/O and capability. An Equipment Model provides consistent, reusable mapping of I/O and equipment capabilities, which speeds time to deployment and reduces testing and configuration errors
  • As easy as moving a mouse. Graphical process design tools eliminate the need for extensive coding and complex APIs, reducing programming errors and improving communication of functional requirements
  • Real-time connectivity. A single, distributed, real-time platform provides equipment connectivity, alarm management, data historization and operator interfaces. It also provides  full access to MES data and transactions and a single window from which operators can run the plant
  • Self-documentation. A friendly, self-documenting process model consolidates the operational processes at each site, in a graphical format that facilitates capture and transfer of tribal knowledge.  Use these links to learn more about how to achieve these benefits for your plant.

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