Manufacturing Enterprise Solutions Association (MESA) International has released its annual MES Product Survey. This is the 16th year the organization has published this report tracking trends in manufacturing execution systems (MES). This year, the report included feedback from MES suppliers from around the world who submitted data on 71 MES products, their services, technologies, quality and industry focus. Of the 67 participating vendors, CAT Squared was the only solutions provider whose sole focus was serving the food industry.

“Our customers have told us that they selected our product because of our focus on the food industry,” said CAT Squared CEO Vernon Smith. “We have replaced several systems from other vendors who market their solution to the food industry; however, their product was originally developed for the aerospace or mining industries. Often, we see companies spend a great deal of time and money trying to reengineer a product developed for another industry to fit the food production process. It’s been a costly lesson to some of our customers.”

The MES Product Survey explained that many vendors began expanding their focus to new industries as a result of the economic crisis. The survey states that after 2008, “Vendors seemed to position their products more as 'one size fits all' addressing as many sectors as possible.” With the economic recovery, this trend is beginning to subside; however, of the 24 industries covered, the survey identified the food and beverage industry as the most competitive sector with nearly 70 percent of survey respondents self-identifying that their solution is a fit for that industry.

Because manufacturing processes and regulatory requirements for the food industry are unique, it’s necessary that vendors serving the industry are intimately familiar with the landscape.

“During the economic downturn, we never shifted our focus away from the food production industry,” said Smith. “We know what we’re good at. All of our top management came out of the food industry, and all of our training staff are required to maintain HACCP certification. The results of the MES Survey confirm the uniqueness of our offering to the industry.”

The complete MES Product Survey is available through the MESA International website at www.mesa.org.

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