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A manufacturing execution system (MES) is a software control system for managing work processes in industrial situations. Businesses can use this software as part of an enterprise resource planning solution for tracking manufacturing data in real time.
A MES can be used in many different ways. It can be used to track the production life cycle from raw materials to finished products. It can also work with machine-to-machine systems where the individual components of a manufacturing setup share data or communicate with one another. For example, an array of automatic machining, bottling, sorting or separation machines can route data between each other to explain manufacturing processes and provide benchmarking. An overarching MES will gather all of these data and manage them in ways that allow human decision makers to get a complete view of the whole manufacturing process.