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The Death of MES: A New Vision For The Factory Software Stack

Sponsored by
MachineMetrics, UpKeep and Fulcrum

8:30 AM - 9:25 AM (EST)


Manufacturers have reached the conclusion that all-encompassing, horizontal platforms cannot deliver on all their promises. A broad, largely organizational tool cannot achieve the depth and complexity necessary to generate true performance advantages. Instead, individual, easy-to-deploy components connected by APIs enable specific improvements in manageable stages. Out-of-the-box value harvesting capability is a key characteristic of these best-of-breed components. These vertical platforms then become the foundation of a manufacturer's tech stack and ecosystem as a whole.

During this panel, we'll discuss the problems with the standard approach to building manufacturing operations systems, and paint a vision for a solution landscape based on the following principles:

  • Machines should drive people and systems, not the other way around.
  • A world of choice, where manufacturers are free to build a technology stack with the tools that they need, not just the one their ERP suite has chosen for them.
  • A world of flexibility, where data can be used across every department to exceed customer expectations, not just in operations, accounting and planning.
  • A world of opportunity, where every manufacturer can have the technology and ability to be customer-first.