Webinar Preview: The New MES

In a few days, GE Digital Product Marketing Director Ganesh Hegde will share his perspective (alongside other industry experts) during the Smart Industry webinar “The New MES: How Distributed Architectures Are Bridging the IT/OT Divide.”

Today he previews that webinar and touches on IT/OT convergence, integration of the supply chain and the collaborative ownership of data.

Smart Industry: Why is there still confusion about IT/OT convergence in the manufacturing space?

Ganesh: Traditionally these are two different islands managed by two different organizations. Even the KPIs are/were different. The new business models like digital manufacturing, customer-centric manufacturing and others are driving the need for combining these two different islands.

Smart Industry: Provide examples of how hybrid MES are enabling true convergence?

Ganesh: Overall manufacturing network dashboards at the enterprise level for plant-to-plant comparison to improve overall manufacturing efficiency and product quality. Optimal product/profit analysis to find out which product to run in which plant—which line and when for maximum profit. To analyze this, you need operational (manufacturing and asset) data integrated with finance and other data. MDC enables this by bringing the manufacturing data to the enterprise level, just like other business data (ERP, etc.).

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