Manufacturing Execution Systems (MES): Enhancing Plant Automation in India

Manufacturing Execution Systems (MES): Enhancing Plant Automation in India
Here is the excerpt of an OEM Update’s Q&A with Ashwin Haleyur, Research Analyst – South Asia and Middle East, Automation & Electronics, Frost & Sullivan.
Major advantages of MES Solutions
MES reduces the production cycle time, work-in process inventory, lead time, paper work between shifts and data entry effort.
Key players in Indian MES market
Key players include MES product companies and System Integrators: Honeywell, Rockwell, GE, SAP, Siemens, AspenTech, Wipro, TCS, Sarla Technologies, and Cognizant Technology Solutions among others.
Growth drivers for MES market in India
•      Need for real time information
•      Need to comply with regulatory standards
•      Need to reduce the risk of recall and warranty issues.
How does it help to increase overall efficiency of manufacturing plants?
•      MES plans, schedules, and executes production process
•      Tracks key performance indicators (KPIs)
•      Measures overall equipment effectiveness (OEE)
•      Acquires and reports plant equipment data.
According to Frost & Sullivan, growing competition in the Indian manufacturing sector has led to increased adoption of Manufacturing Execution Systems (MES). With IT service providers playing a bigger role in the Indian manufacturing sector, many international and domestic participants are entering the Indian MES market. The Indian MES Market is above US$ 30 million and will grow at a CAGR in excess of 18 percent from 2010 to 2016.
New analysis from Frost & Sullivan, on the Indian Manufacturing Execution Systems (MES) Market includes analysis of the MES market size in India, competitive landscape, market drivers, restraints and end-user preferences.
MES delivers information that enables the optimization of production activities from order launch to finished goods. Using current and accurate data, MES guides, initiates, responds to, and reports on plant activities as they occur. The resulting rapid response to changing conditions, coupled with a focus on reducing non value-added activities, drives effective plant operations and processes.
“Increasing competition among Indian manufacturers has heightened the need for a seamlessly integrated productivity enhancement tool such as MES to maintain operational excellence. With limited direct presence of global MES vendors in India, IT service providers will play a significant role in influencing MES adoption among end-user industries,” notes Senior Research Analyst Kalpesh Padhye.
Need for real-time information to improve operational efficiency and need to comply with regulatory standards, such as FDA regulations, are the two main drivers that will stimulate MES growth in the Indian market. However, easy availability of low cost labor and significant integration costs with ERP and other automation systems are major restraining factors for MES implementation.
The oil and gas industry accounts for majority of the Indian MES market. The MES implementation in the pharmaceutical industry and food and beverage industry would witness a rapid growth. Other end-user industries such as consumer packaged goods, steel, specialty chemicals, automotive and auto ancillary are also expected to large number of MES implementations.
“The Indian Oil and Gas, Automotive and Steel sectors are already benefiting from MES operating in few of their plants. In the next five years, Pharmaceutical and Food & Beverage companies in India will witness an increase in MES implementations to comply with regulatory requirements,” observes Research Analyst Ashwin Haleyur
The study will benefit MES solution providers and integrators, and includes key market dynamics, highlighting the current state of MES adoption in India, market opportunities and provides projections for the Indian MES market.
Strategic Analysis of the Indian Manufacturing Execution Systems (MES) Market is part of the Industrial Automation subscription, which analyzes the key drivers influencing growth, challenges, restraints, and provides an understanding of the attributes that influence MES vendor selection, besides giving insights on the competitive environment. This research service presents a comprehensive analysis of the Indian MES market. Revenue analysis and market forecasts for the next seven years for each end-user industry have been provided.

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