The Benefits Of MES And Optimizing Your Return On Investment
By Neil Roche, senior global technical consultant for Enterprise System Partners
When considering MES as a solution, early assessment of your needs, planning and selecting the correct option is essential to optimize the impact of the system for your plant.
In this article, Neil Roche, Senior Global Technical Consultant for Enterprise System Partners, examines the role of MES in global pharmaceutical manufacturing facilities and discusses the gains that can be made by implementing MES.
The Evolving Role of MES for Life Science Manufacturers
MES is still relatively new to life sciences, and as such, it is only in the last number of years, that we are starting to see the widespread integration of MES between the automation and enterprise layers.
Historically, there has been a reluctance to tightly integrate MES to automation and enterprise. Now, with the advances in the MES software offerings combined with the knowledge and experience acquired by the manufacturers, we are seeing customers striving to yield more benefits from their MES investment.
Key Drivers for Implementing MES
Reduction in human error, faster approval of batches, easier access, visibility of batch date and process improvements (leading to improved product quality, reduction of costs and ultimately improved patient safety) contribute to the long lists of benefits that can be attributed to the introduction of an MES system.
Many of these benefits are measurable such as; the number of people required to manufacture a batch, manufacturing lead-time, approval lead times, number of errors relating to materials, equipment and other items which are under the control of the MES system.
In some instances, the manufacturer is looking to grow and scale their business and find that trying to do this without MES and other software solutions in not feasible, considering the headcount required to run a paper-based operation.
The important thing is to have a set of measurements that are objective and can be quantified prior to, and after an MES implementation because at the end of the day, the manufacturer is looking to the MES to help produce a product more efficiently, with fewer errors in a shorter lead-time.