MES Integration

Are you looking to connect your existing software with external Manufacturing Execution System software?

Are you looking to connect your existing MES software with external systems, third-party systems, or even separated internal systems?  Are you wondering how you can do that in a way that seamlessly connects with your MES (or other systems) without required manual actions?

We can help! 

The LINK® manages all your integrations with a single software standard. This means standardized methodologies, standardized capabilities, and standardized support. 

The LINK is the best choice for all of your MES integration needs!


Labor Data Collection

 Often not handled by MES

Labor data collection is often not handled by Manufacturing Execution Systems as well as third-party systems. You don’t have to switch to a new MES to leverage the strengths of a dedicated labor data collection system.  The LINK can let you enjoy labor data collection integration today:
– Synchronize orders and route information between systems in real-time;
– Synchronize employees between systems in real-time;
– Automatically flow transactions as they happen: Labor data PICK/Consumption transactions; Material PICK/Consumption transactions; Production transactions.
– Synchronize and utilize piece-rate, labor-rate or other data stored in your MES

The LINK automatically synchronizes data between the two systems, on a schedule or in real-time (when allowed).  The labor data tracking system always has the latest orders, routes, employees, and related data without the need for manual intervention.  System-optimized adapters ensure connectivity to a wide variety of systems.

WMS

Which can be difficult to include because:

Warehouse Management Systems can be a great adjunct to an MES, but only if you have a good integration strategy.  MES to and from WMS integration can be achieved through a number of different strategies, most involving an ERP system and ERP integration.   But you can also make MES and WMS work together directly by integrating the core data required of each system.

MES to and from WMS
Note that each of these integration maps can run in either direction depending on which system “owns” the initial data.
– Items, UOM, and related data
– Inventory transactions / levels
– Production Orders

MES to WMS
These maps flow directly from MES to WMS.
– Consumption (of raw materials or labor)
– Production (Production order receipts)

The LINK synchronizes data between the MES and WMS automatically.  Transactions in one system flow seamlessly to the next, allowing workers to move from system to system without having to wait or perform manual transactions to sync the systems.

Time & Attendance/Payroll

Not regularly needed, but nice to have

Time & Attendance/Payroll Integration may not seem like an obvious integration play for MES but capturing worker data per order, per operation, per shift, (and team data as well) are all things that we supply integrations for. 
– Synchronize employees and employee data
– Start/Stop worker or team shifts based on MES events
– Send work record transactions based on MES events

ERP Systems

The core of every manufacturing facility

ERP Systems are at the core of every manufacturing facility.  They supply and demand and in many cases inventory, scheduling, and more.  ERPs in a MES environment need to be update regularly (ideally in real-time) with production order activities:

ERP to MES
– Items, UOM, and related data
– Inventory transactions / levels
– Production Orders

MES to ERP
– Consumption (material or labor PICKs)
– Production
– Inventory Adjustments / Transfers

The LINK synchronizes data between the ERP and the MES automatically.  Transactions in one system flow seamlessly to the next, allowing workers to move from system to system without having to wait or perform manual transactions to sync the systems.

Alerts

Alerts are often lacking in MES

Alerts are often lacking in MES.  With The LINK you can add alerts for a wide variety of scenarios including customized alerts to suit just about any situation:
– Item entry is missing data (like costs or other ties) XX hours after a new item is entered;
– Production/Consumption milestones;
– Real-time alerting for parts sent to quarantine, or specific areas;
– Alerting on shipment activities (on what is being shipped, or even on what is not being shipped though user-customizable rules);
– Machine maintenance milestones;
– and more.

The LINK has support for custom criteria so no matter what the alert criteria is – if they can describe it, then The LINK can probably support it.  Alerts can be stored in the database (for reporting) and/or go out as emails or text messages.  Alerts are in real-time – just like you expect them to be.

Leverage enterprise-class integration capabilities: 

Compatibility

Real-time integration with systems and the ability to maintain the integration even if the customer switches to a new ERP or other system. 

Real Time

Monitoring and error reporting.

History

Self-maintaining transactional history. 

Reports

Dozens of built-in reports including KIP reports, pie charts, timeline charts, aggregations, distributions, reports per minute, per hour, per day, etc.   

Missing Link Technology has deep domain knowledge of ERP and manufacturing as well as integration experience with dozens of ERP and other manufacturing systems.  You can leverage best-of-breed solutions to work with your WMS system by using TheLINK for seamless integration between all systems