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Mes or operations platform

Mes or operations platform? 24Flow explains!

One of the most important challenges for economic development is process automation. Its use makes it possible to optimize production and invest human talent in activities where its value is much higher. Therefore, choosing the right systems to manage your operations is critical to ensuring your business remains competitive in today’s marketplace. 


In this article, we will guide you through the worlds of MES and Operations platforms, and help you make the right choice for your business

First things first: what is MES

The MES (Manufacturing Execution System) is one of the most common systems of execution and control of production. The main goal of an MES is to ensure effective execution of the manufacturing operations and improve production output. It is a software solution that ensures quality and efficiency, is built into the manufacturing process and is proactively and systematically enforced. The result is complete visibility, control, and manufacturing optimization of production and processes across the enterprise.


So: A MES helps track and gather accurate, real-time data about the complete production lifecycle, beginning with order release until the product delivery stage for finished goods. It collects data about product genealogy, performance, traceability, material management and work in progress (WIP), and other plant activities as they occur.

This data, in turn, allows decision-makers to understand the current settings of the factory floor and better optimize the production process. Its main objectives are to shorten delivery times, productivity and increase plant efficiency. An MES system is the most effective tool to control and optimize OEE (Overall Equipment Effectiveness).

Safe the data

An operations platform is a connected data and process management tool that connects people, things (machines and devices), and systems used in a production or logistics process in a physical location. It provides complete visibility into the manufacturing processes in an enterprise, and the vertical systems or applications.


All this data and information is integrated from the company’s different manufacturing plants and is structured and unified in a single platform. It allows the design, configuration, management, operation and integration, comparison, and interconnection of all the information captured by the different systems with complete autonomy, remotely and in real-time. This helps to have all the data of the productive process and vertical applications visible and interconnected.

The differences summed up

The biggest differences between MES and an Integrated Operational Platform. Here are the main differences to help make the best choice 


  • An MES system has a limited and more local vision, focusing on the plant and production-only decisions. An integrated operations platform, on the other hand, encompasses the production processes comprehensively and therefore has a much more global vision of the strategy and business decisions.
  • Unlike the MES system, the integrated operations platform allows remote management of facilities. With the platform, it is possible to visualize, control or monitor processes and assets at all times regardless of where you are, while the MES system requires you to be physically on-site to manage production control.
  • The implementation and management of an MES system is complex and requires experts who can configure and integrate it with all other management systems of the company. However, an integrated operations platform gives full autonomy and independence to organizations and eliminates their dependency, being able to configure any aspect of acquisition, management, or visualization on their own.
  • The MES system, more traditional, is a system that is to some extent manual, more tedious in the way it is handled, and therefore takes much more time to become fully effective. On the contrary, the platform is automated and its architecture is flexible and modular, so it is a completely open and autonomous solution that allows you to manage a large number of assets on one screen.
  • The integrated operations platform creates real-time data sets for agile decision-making using Big Data. Its data visualization layer is configurable and allows users to visualize the information they consider most relevant such as equipment performance, OEE, or alerts. .


So, MES or operations platform, what do you choose? While MES systems are extremely beneficial to an operation’s success. Operations platforms add more value through data contextualization. Unlocking the true potential of your data accelerates process innovation and allows you to unlock complementary use cases across every part of your shop floor in ways that are impossible to scale with a MES.

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