Today, it’s possible to integrate MES with ERP so that the systems are complementary and don’t overlap. Besides providing integrated workflow management at the business level of an enterprise, ERP systems can also provide supply chain and customer relationship management, as well as product lifecycle management. An MES manages workflow at the plant level of an enterprise, working with programmable logic controllers (PLCs), distributed control systems, and batch control systems. Manufacturers who have both systems can’t afford not to integrate them.
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