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At HEXA Engineers, we’re never satisfied with the status quo. That’s why we’re always researching the latest technology and industry developments. We want to make sure that we’re up to date on everything we need to know so we can deliver the highest quality service.

If we remained stagnant, so would our service offering. The world of technology and automated solutions is constantly evolving and reinventing itself; shouldn’t your collaborators evolve with it? When you work with HEXA Engineers, you’re guaranteed to have a partner that’s always looking toward the future.

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Understanding the Differences Between MOM and MES

We’ve found that our clients frequently mix up the terms Manufacturing Execution System (MES) and Manufacturing Operations Management (MOM). On the surface, the confusion is understandable, but when you dig a little deeper, you’ll find the two terms aren’t quite interchangeable. In this post, we’ll provide a clearer understanding of MES and MOM, while exploring how they tie in to your larger automation platform.

Understanding MOM

Let’s start by clarifying what we mean when we’re talking about MOM, which is the broader of the two terms. MOM has been around since the 1980s, when it was first used to talk about technology models for manufacturing processes. Fundamentally, MOM entails four primary manufacturing activities:

  • Maintenance
  • Production
  • Quality
  • Inventory

In other words, MOM is a pretty broad term that incorporates just about every aspect of manufacturing. That being said, each of these broader activities is composed of many smaller, more localized activities. Thus, when we’re talking about MOM, we’re talking about automating manufacturing processes on a macro level. Most frequently, however, automating MOM processes involves streamlining the relationship between these four primary manufacturing activities, while refining the broader processes within each.

Clarifying MES

Unfortunately, many vendors refer to MES software when what they’re really talking about is MOM. This confusion makes it difficult to nail down a precise, universal definition. While the term MES has also been around since the late 1980s, it developed out of a need to express more specific manufacturing application functionalities for production execution and tracking. Thus, MES should be used to describe a particular facet of the manufacturing production process. In certain situations, MES and MOM may be used interchangeably, since you can’t have one without the other; however, MOM tends to take a macro approach to the manufacturing process, while MES tends to focus on the production process at a micro level.

When we’re talking about MES, then, we’re referring to the ways we can automate and refine manufacturing production execution and tracking processes. While other vendors may seem to use the terminology interchangeably, we’re aware of the nuances, and we prefer to use these terms to describe two separate aspects of manufacturing automation. At the end of the day, it just makes it easier to talk about process control systems and production management, so you have a clearer understanding of how automation systems can streamline your operations.

Your Automation Experts

Whether you’re seeking further clarity on the relationship between MOM systems and an MES solution, or you just want to explore the possibilities for automating a process at your facility, contact the experts at HEXA today. We’ve already helped hundreds of companies streamline their operations with customized automation solutions, and we’re ready to help you next.

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A Guide to Digitizing Factories for SMEs

As we covered in a previous post, businesses of all sizes can benefit from a customized automation solution that’s built around their goals and processes. Gone are the days of automation technology being reserved for only the largest enterprises. However, you may still be wondering what exactly automation may look like for your organization. In this post, we’ll lay the groundwork for some fundamental principles to keep in mind as you move forward on the journey towards an Industry 4.0 factory.

It’s a Journey, Not a Destination

The first thing you want to keep in mind is that the path to automation is exactly that: a journey, not a destination. With that being said, you definitely want to start on the journey with concrete goals in mind. What exactly does your organization wish to achieve by adopting an automation platform? Be mindful that these goals may change during the development process as your team responds to continually evolving Industry 4.0 technology. As long as you’re using automation systems to elevate productivity and protect your bottom line, there’s no wrong way to do it. From there, it’s about continually refining your processes to drive growth both today and tomorrow.

Recognize Your Strengths

When transitioning towards an automation platform, don’t make the mistake of throwing out the baby out with the bathwater. Use this as an opportunity to assess and audit your organization’s existing strengths and weaknesses. What machinery do you already use that works really well for your operations? Where are there opportunities for growth? One of the key benefits of adopting automation is that it allows you to capitalize on your existing strengths to further elevate productivity without forcing you to start from scratch.

Attract the Right Talent

Although automation systems allow you to make the most of your existing assets, there will inevitably substantial changes to your day-to-day operations as you begin digitizing systems. Prepare your team for that change by cultivating talent with the willingness to be retrained and contribute positively to these advances. Transitioning to automation will cause disruptions to your operations for the sake of growth; having the right people on your team can significantly minimize those disruptions and allow your organization to keep moving forward.

Prioritize Your Customers

While automation is about focusing on your internal operations, make sure to prioritize the customer experience at every stage of the development process. Ultimately, one of the most significant benefits of automation is that it allows your team to prioritize your customers again. Don’t forget about them for the sake of automation.

Find the Right Partner

As an SME, you likely don’t have the internal resources to develop a digitization strategy and deploy the requisite infrastructure to enact such changes. That’s where finding the right automation partner comes into play. When you partner with a team of experts, your team can stay focused on mission-critical operations while helping your partners understand your processes from the inside out. Once you have the necessary foundation for an automation platform, you can explore the possibility of hiring your own internal team to further refine your processes.

Your Automation Experts

At HEXA, we specialize in helping SMEs adopt automation platforms that align with their growth goals while making the most of any budget. If you’re trying to decide whether or not automation may be the right fit for your operations, get in touch with our team today. We’ll help you explore your options, and if you decide that automation is right for you, we’ll help you develop an automation roadmap that prepares you for the future while driving growth today.

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The Latest Industry 4.0 Solutions for SMEs

We often encounter clients who think their businesses are too small to benefit from the latest Industry 4.0 technology. They don’t want to invest in automation technology because they believe their budgets are too tight to justify the benefits. However, this perspective couldn’t be further from the truth. When you partner with a team of experts with hands-on experience, they can deliver a scalable automation solution that reflects your needs and budget.

At HEXA, we prioritize customizing Industry 4.0 solutions that align with any business model. In this post, we’ll take a closer look at some of the scalable automation solutions popular with our small- to medium-size clients and the benefits they offer.

Automation Systems

The team at HEXA Engineers specializes in delivering cutting-edge automation solutions built around the machinery you’re already using. As part of our commitment to saving you money while maximizing your return on investment, we pinpoint the strengths of your existing infrastructure to develop an automation strategy that maximizes your current operations. By adopting an automation platform, you can enhance your existing processes while enjoying the added benefits of:

  • Continuous, error-free repetition
  • Improved quality control
  • Product tracking and traceability
  • Cost savings at every level
  • Reduced material waste
  • Minimized overhead expenses
  • Predictable production times
  • Flexible, scalable performance refinement
  • Secure, user-friendly data storage and consolidation

If you’re not sure whether automation is right for your facility, the engineers at HEXA are here to tell you it is! Because we develop customized solutions from the ground up, we can develop an automation strategy that fine-tunes production levels, ranging from a particular machine to multiple factories. At the same time, we never sell you anymore than you need. We’re committed to maximizing the value of your existing equipment to make your budget go further than you thought possible.

Batch Processing

Is excessive downtime slowing your growth? With automation technology, you can boost production by deploying systems that maximize productivity, even when you aren’t around. Think your production processes are too complex to be automated? A cutting-edge batch processing solution may just change your mind. With batch processing, our team can take a process that seems complicated and incorporates several different parts and simplify operations with intuitive, user-friendly tools. That way, your business can use off-hours to boost production levels.

Automation Solutions for Any Operation

If you still feel your operations are too small to benefit from automation technology, get in touch with the engineers at HEXA today. We’ll take the time to understand your processes and growth goals from the inside out, so we can show you exactly where and how your business can benefit from the latest Industry 4.0 technology. We’ll work with your budget to achieve the ideal balance between cost and results.