Manufacturing 2020


I voiced the following opinion at the last ISA-95 meeting and then last week on the ISA-95 List server. Bottom Line: The standard is getting widely used but is getting updated with no or very limited end-user input.

How Bloody Will Crossing the Chasm Be for Mfg/IT Vendors?

Geoffrey A Moore's book, Crossing the Chasm, is happening now and over the next couple of years for MES or MOM software vendors. Manufacturers are finally spending big IT dollars to install manufacturing operations systems in their plants and integrate them into their enterprise business proceses.

Ask the right question about support and VOC

If you are an end user and consider purchasing a manufacturing operations systems or if you already own one, what questions do you ask your software vendor? All MOM and industrial software vendors offer or require a 20%-25% maintenance fee per year. Ask some specific questions: 1.

Euro exchange rate makes US system integrators a great deal

As some of you may know, I recently left a large company to work for myself as an independent manufacturng operations system consultant. Along with Dennis Brandl and other members of the WBF 88 committee and 95 committee, I am leading the effort to form the Industrial Interoperability Compliance Institute (IICI).

MOM/MES must become an operational expense for midmarket growth

There is really no such thing as an "average" plant. But if we call an average plant's MOM or MES solution a system with 200 nodes spread across 10 process cells or production lines (20 nodes or clients per line) on a single server that is doing production order tracking,...

MES vs. MOM vs. MOS vs. POM

As for the term MES, it is a term that was defined by AMR, 15 years but does a very bad job describing the actual functionality set in general or in a vertical industry way. It is the most highly misunderstood term in manufacturing software.


I had long discussion today about when an ERP can used for work order execution and tracking versus and production operations management (POM) systems (as defined by ISA 95 and formerly know as MES). Basically, lets summarize. An ERP is a financial ledger and material and asset planner and manager.

Three Bloody Years to Learn

During this week, I hade the same conversation a number of times around how there iare just no experienced system integrators out there. There are lots of consulting and system projects, but no resources available on the end user, SI or vendor sides of the industry.

Time for Plant and Corporate IT to grow up

Hello and welcome to my blog. My first column focused on the subject that it is time for Plant and Corporate IT to grow up. The column focused on making the point that Plant and Corporate IT need to create a manufacturing application framework based on a single data model...