Industry 4.0 describes the production of the future - the Smart Factory - as a popular hype. Technological innovations promise the domination of a greater diversity of variants, shorter life cycles and more efficiency in production. The target is to hold one's ground in the global competition. As a result, production companies today can no longer avoid dealing with Industry 4.0. MPDV lends itself as a competent partner for the Smart Factory.
In order to really benefit from these advantages, production companies need suitable software tools. Manufacturing Execution Systems (MES), according to the VDI guideline 5600, have already proven themselves in the past and already cover today some of the requirements of Industry 4.0.
On the Way to the Smart Factory
MES will play an important role in the age of Industry 4.0. This is not just about collecting and processing data in real time. In fact, MES will be the central information and data hub for production and all areas involved throughout the company. In addition to established ERP systems, MES form the bridge to the increasingly complex shop floor. An MES allows production companies to remain responsive and thereby maintain their long-term competitiveness.
With the Future Concept MES 4.0, MPDV shows how a Manufacturing Execution System can support production companies on their way to the Smart Factory and why this system is indispensable. In a Whitepaper series, we provide a vivid description of both technological and organizational opportunities to benefit from Industry 4.0. Manufacturers will find in the Four stage model by MPDV the relevant milestones and recommendations for action on the way to the Smart Factory. The focus here remains on people and hands-on applications. The model "Smart Factory Elements" outlines a modern perspective on application fields of production IT in the Smart Factory.
In order to stay up to date with Industry 4.0 and to even be involved in further development, MPDV is committed to pioneering trade associations and committees. A large number of cooperations and projects with universities, colleges and research institutions also contribute to MPDV's efforts to stay on the pulse.