Princes squeezes costs out with MES

Princes Soft Drinks is going "topfloor to shopfloor" with a manufacturing equipment system (MES) implementation which is helping...

Princes Soft Drinks is going "topfloor to shopfloor" with a manufacturing equipment system (MES) implementation which is helping make savings in the manufacturing process

It is also having the effect of boosting the IT department's profile in the business, said Prince's new IT director Neil Crew at the CIM2000 show.

The company carried out a £250,000 implementation of Cube's Mesad programme at its Bradford site last month.

The software enables the user to gain a single view of the manufacturing process as it occurs and monitor processes, track orders and change specifications.

There are also facilities for providing alarms, key performance indicators and reports.

Crew said, "The benefits are in the visibility of production, allowing smoothing out of bottlenecks and reduction of waste. MES gives IT influence with the manufacturing core of the business in a way it didn't have before."

Analysts cite MES as the next IT direction in which forward-thinking manufacturers are moving.

Trevor Bennett, director of business development for ARC Advisory, said, "Firms spending money on e-business need to be spending money on e-monitoring the manufacturing process. Those that don't invest in MES could be lining themselves up for a fall."

  • An MES Association has been formed which can be contacted at www.mesa.org
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