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Not Every Manufacturing Execution System is Created Equal

If you’re in discrete manufacturing, you know you need a Manufacturing Execution System (MES) to realize your facility’s full potential. An MES system—no, the right MES system can help you optimize by collecting the data you need to track production, maintain quality control, and analyze your performance to identify inefficiencies.


But not all MES systems are up to the task.


To succeed in the fast-evolving world of modern manufacturing, you need an MES system that can track your whole facility: every second of production, every product, every station, and every operator on your line. More, you need an MES system that is intuitive and flexible enough to let you respond to changing needs and conditions.


That’s why it’s important that you choose a no-code MES system like PINpoint’s—and not a PLC solution or an ERP based system, which aren’t designed with manufacturers’ real needs in mind. Here’s why.


PLC Solutions Can’t Show You the Big Picture


A programmable logic controller system is a great solution for certain jobs. A PLC can instruct your machines to perform a particular task and then, by monitoring input and output, analyze ongoing conditions and performance. You can use the information a PLC gathers to hone certain small processes within your facility.


But what a PLC can’t do is give you the big picture of your facility you need to make systemic improvements to your facility. Because the PLC fails to provide a comprehensive vision of your operations, it will leave inefficient processes in your operations undetected—and therefore unimproved.


Nevertheless, manufacturers often waste good money on PLCs based on certain misconceptions: that PLCs are inexpensive to buy and set up and result in low maintenance costs. Neither is true, which is why the ROI on PLCs is just too low for most manufacturers looking to streamline operations.


ERP Systems Aren’t Up to the Challenges of Modern Manufacturing


A good ERP system can do so much: it can help manage your accounts, your procurement process, your compliance system. Many ERP systems even have an MES module built in to help you make your facility more efficient.


But the drawback of a tool that’s good at so much is that it’s not great at any one thing—and certainly not improving every aspect of the operations you’re trying to actively manage. 


These solutions fail to provide the full visibility into your facility that you need to make systematic improvements. Worse, an ERP system is not flexible or powerful enough to help your company quickly adapt to the powerful emerging Industry 4.0 tools and opportunities.


PINpoint: The Only Comprehensive No-Code MES for Discrete Manufacturers


PINpoint’s no-code MES system isn’t just designed to solve the real problems discrete manufacturers face in their facilities. PINpoint solves the problems manufacturers find with other Manufacturing Execution Systems, which come in late, way over budget, and underperform for people counting on immediate results.


PINpoint is a low-risk solution that gets you results faster than other solutions. We secure those results through the kind of comprehensive data collection that nobody else can match: every second, every product, every worker, and every spot of the line will be tracked and analyzed with PINpoint’s MES. And because PINpoint is no-code, you don’t need to collaborate with distant programmers every time you want to make an improvement. Just drag, drop, and optimize.


So if you’re a discrete manufacturer looking to identify inefficiencies in your facility—all of them—don’t settle for an inefficient Manufacturing Execution System. Choose one that’s as dynamic, responsive, and data-driven as the facility you’re striving to create. Choose PINpoint.

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