I have long known the benefits that are possible with the proper implementation of the Layer 3 software commonly known as manufacturing execution software or MES. The ISA 95 framework model calls the application Manufacturing Operations Management, or MOM.

At its best, implementing MOM makes manufacturing professionals think about their processes. The software collects data which managers and engineers can use to find problems that continuous improvement teams can attack. It gives the teams before and after data to show if improvements have been made. MOM should be a servant of operations managers, not the other way around.

The MESA International organization exists to promote such an intelligent application of its supplier-members’ software. This year its “Metrics that Matter” research is being conducted with the help of LNS Research. Although I think you can still participate in the survey, LNS has blogged some preliminary findings. They are interesting.

It notes that over 200 responses to the survey have been evaluated.

“One set of data we’re eager to highlight first is the average annual performance improvements across the eight different high-level KPI categories manufacturing professionals were asked about. These categories include financials, inventory, innovation, responsiveness, efficiency, quality, maintenance, and compliance.”

“The fact that each category below shows improvements is encouraging, and a positive sign for the manufacturing sector in general. In 2014, gaining market share in today’s competitive global economy will be a matter of building on the momentum of these improvements and finding ways to sustain and accelerate them.”

Please visit the blog to read the details, but here are teasers:

  • Financial, Average Annual Performance Improvement: 8.6%
  • Inventory, Average Annual Performance Improvement: 15.0%
  • Innovation, Average Annual Performance Improvement: 7.8%
  • Responsiveness, Average Annual Performance Improvement: 10.0%
  • Efficiency, Average Annual Performance Improvement: 17.0%
  • Quality, Average Annual Performance Improvement: 13.7%
  • Maintenance, Average Annual Performance Improvement: 14.9%
  • Compliance, Average Annual Performance Improvement: 18.5%

Check it out and let me know what you think.

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