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Manufacturing Operations Management / MOM – Smart Factory Glossary

Manufacturing Operations Management, or MOM for short, is an overall concept with the aim of managing, optimizing, and digitalizing production processes of a manufacturing company. The management approach integrates production processes and business processes thus enabling smooth communication from the shop floor up to the management level. For this to work, the software applications of the different systems must interact perfectly with each other. 


This includes, for example:

Manufacturing Operations Management also uses state-of-the-art technologies like IoT systems to monitor and control production in real time. Other important aspects are the cooperation between the departments and teams of the company and a reliable exchange of information. All this helps employees make fast and efficient decisions.


Manufacturing Operations Management integrates the complete production process:

  • Planning and control
  • Organization and execution
  • Monitoring and checking
  • Optimization of processes
  • Analysis and evaluation of data

MOM improves the efficiency of processes, which has a positive impact on the entire company and enhances performance: manufacturing costs are reduced, delivery times are accelerated, and product quality is increased. Thanks to the overall approach that integrates production and business processes, companies can also reduce the time to market. Consequently, companies are better prepared if market requirements change at short notice. 


What does MES have to do with MOM?

Manufacturing IT can be considered a subfield of Manufacturing Operations Management. While an MES generates transparency in production, a MOM system even goes beyond that and integrates adjacent areas and processes. This can affect production planning with an Advanced Planning and Scheduling System (APS) as well as the strategic R&D management to identify and boost technology and innovations. So, MES and MOM have different operating ranges and focal points. The MOM system manages all manufacturing processes, whereas the MES concentrates on monitoring and controlling production in real time.

Platforms are the common ground for MOM systems and modern MES like MPDV's HYDRA X. Isolated solutions and data silos no longer meet the increased requirements of progressive factories. MPDV's Manufacturing Integration Platform (MIP) supports an open and vendor-neutral platform architecture, standardized interfaces, and a uniform database. The same is true for Manufacturing Operations Management systems. That is why, the MES HYDRA X and APS FEDRA, which run on the integration platform MIP, qualify MPDV as an important stakeholder in MOM systems. Such digitalization systems and collaboration platforms help close the gaps in the end users' requirements and provide them with consistent features.


History of Manufacturing Operations Management

In a study on Manufacturing Operations Management back in 2007, a renowned American market research and consulting company compared important industry stakeholders and predicted the market for Manufacturing Execution Systems to develop towards Manufacturing Operations Management. The study also announced that it was time to drop the term MES and focus on a more business-oriented view, which is encompassed by Manufacturing Operations Management. But even 15 years later, the Manufacturing Execution System is still firmly established in manufacturing IT and, according to MPDV, will continue to make major contributions to MOM.


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