The Manufacturing Execution System (MES) Module enables users to track material stock, digital manufacturing machines and orders to fabricate models. Users should start by defining the locations of their offices, their manufacturing machines and the materials they support. From there they can start taking orders and dispatch those orders to machines. Technicians then handle each order and tell the MES system as orders make progress through the system.
Alternatively the MES Module can be paired with Machine Analytics to automatically track orders as they are produced.
As an example let’s show how we might set up some simple MES tracking. First we’ll define two locations, San Mateo and Mountain View. We’ll also define two printers types, type A and type B. Type A supports green and type B supports yellow and red materials.
We can then go on to define stocks of materials and printers in our different locations. Here we have two printers, SM1 and SM2which are both type A printers and 250ccs of green material in San Mateo. We also have 3 printers in Mountain View and 300ccs of yellow material and 150ccs of green material.
A customer can then visit our website and order a star to be printed. The customer specifies it should be printed in yellow and the quality should be high. The MES system is then able to immediately determine that only a type A printer can print in yellow and therefore the print must be handled by either MV1 or MV2. It dispatches the order to MV1 where it waits for a technician to load the printer and start the job.
A second customer next visits the website to order a green sphere. The customer is indifferent about the quality but does require it to be printed in green. The system determines that the largest supply of green is in San Mateo and since the customer was indifferent about other aspects it would be best from a logistic standpoint to send the order to SM1
The system can continue on in this way, receiving and dispatching orders. As machines get filled with a backlog of orders the system can redirect work to other machines capable of meeting customer requirements. It can also alert staff of the need to restock and resupply and provide managers with high level reports of utilization and profitability metrics.
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