A manufacturing execution system (MES) is any computerized system used to track the process of raw materials to a final product. These systems range in variety, purpose, and functionality, and can be used to track anything from product waste, OEE, scheduling and resource management, product life cycles, and more.

Enterprise resource planning (ERP) refers to any business management software which are used to collect, store, share, or otherwise better understand data from business-related activities. In many cases, ERP systems will display optimal and relevant information for machines, efficiency, and job information.

The most important function of an ERP or MES system is how it enables visual data analysis in real time, and provides effective diagnostics, which can lead to process improvement over time.

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