Manufacturing Execution System (MES) Software

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This Manufacturing Execution System RFP Template queries vendors on over 3,625 CRITERIA regarding the MES software they are proposing, and is focused on selecting the best manufacturing execution software solutions based on your needs. This RFP provides capabilities that go far beyond those of a traditional RFP limited to asking vendors simple Yes/No questions about MES software features, and is specialized for use in complex manufacturing information system environments. This RFP template elicits information from vendors about all apects of the manufacturing execution software implementation project they are proposing.

Actual screens and questions from this RFP are shown below to illustrate how it enables you to easily collect the unique metrics needed to successfully identify, acquire, and implement the manufacturing execution software solution best suited to your company's needs.

The requirements checklist and RFP cover all industry standard MES functionality, including real-time interface with machines, robots, and employees, real-time plant floor information flow, optimizing work-in-process (WIP), reducing scrap material, product traceability, plant performance, and capturing costs with greater accuracy, and much more, all to ensure the optimum fit to your current and future requirements.

This RFP Includes Powerful Capabilities to Help Select MES Software Accurately:                                                                                            
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    SAVE WEEKS, even MONTHS OF TIME by using thousands of professionally written MES software RFP questions to communicate your MES software system requirements quickly and accurately. No need to re-invent the wheel.

For more information, please view this detailed list of MES Requirements categories!

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    IDENTIFY MES Feature AVAILABILITY & DELIVERABILITY. Unlike other RFPs, this MES RFP Template Masters automatically collect the information needed to identify BOTH the AVAILABILITY of software features, and their DELIVERABILITY, i.e., HOW those features will be delivered. This MES RFP template includes a Feature Support Matrix (FSM) to automatically capture this information, which can be used to create very accurate and reliable manufacturing execution software system implementation schedules. View samples here.
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    Determine RISK and SUPPORTABILITY. RFP Templates automatically evaluate vendor response data collected to quantitatively determine the SUPPORTABILITY INDEX of each proposed software system. This index ranks the potential support problems inherent in each proposal. Accurately compare the amount of ongoing support needed to keep each proposed MES software system up and running. Measure the true impact of each MES system on your business over the long term.  View sample here.
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    WORKFLOW TOPICS ensure the proposed manufacturing execution software can be fully integrated and utilized to enhance business procedures at all levels of the enterprise. View Workflow samples here.
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    VENDOR RESPONSE VALIDATION saves time and effort, and reduces errors, when evaluating vendor MES software proposals. View example here.
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This Manufacturing Execution System (MES) Software RFP is downloaded with the following Supporting Documents INCLUDED:
    COVER LETTER SAMPLES - Make the task easier with this MES software RFP cover letter template collection. Choose from Letter samples designed for all events, such as "RFP Response Request", "Intent to Respond", "No Intent to Respond", "RFP Change Enclosed", "Proposal Rejection" "Finalist Selection", and "Best & Final Offer Request" to meet your unique MES needs.
    BPE/BPR/WORKFLOW Checklists - An ideal template for mapping the current "AS-IS" state of an existing MES process down to the data element level, a time-saving organizer when developing the new "TO-BE" state or determining what is required to implement a new MES process, or preparing for data conversion.
    Full Version of risk assessment matrix checklist focused on MES software acquisition and implementation projects for working sample "Click Here"
    the Optimized MES RFP Guide. Designed to be viewed in a browser off-line, this document outlines the best procedures for creating custom RFP questions. Included or Sold Separately
    The MES System Cutover Checklist Helps Streamlines Implementation! Included or Sold Separately
    MS Word document describing the organization and usage of the MES comparison matrix.
    MS Word document describing the organization and usage of the MES RFP.

A full set of vendor response evaluation & comparison tools are included with this MES RFP:
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    "APPLES-to-APPLES" COMPARISON of vendor RFP responses (proposals) is assured by extensive use of quantitative RFP questions and full vendor response validation. Compare proposed MES system software features side-by-side faster and more accurately with the fully automated Color Comparison Chart matrix included with this RFP at no extra charge. View a typical comparison here.
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    "MES Response Evaluation Ratios (scores) help you save time. View a typical evaluation ratios here.
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    AUTOMATED WEIGHTED GRADE POINT SCORING is a quantitative measure of how well a proposed MES system matches up to your business priorities. This graph compares the overall total scores for each proposed manufacturing execution system. This Score is based on all MES vendor responses except Pricing and Vendor Background. View sample 3-D Bar Chart comparison here.
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    Feature Delivery Methods This graph compares HOW each MES vendor is planning to deliver the proposed manufacturing execution system. The bars show how much of each competing system is going to be delivered Fully Supported "out-of-the-box", how much will be delivered using the Report Writer, a Configuration option or 3rd Party product, and how much is dependant on Custom Programming & Scripting. The scores used in this MES comparison are based on responses to MES system questions only, i.e., no vendor, pricing, or support responses are utilized. View sample 3-D Bar Chart comparison here.
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    Supportability Index A proposed manufacturing execution system could look very good on paper, but once implementation begins the reality could be very different. The ease with which a MES system can be implemented and maintained over it's expected life is controlled in large part by the amount of custom programming and scripting required to build & maintain the system. The Supportability Index is based on responses to MES Software System Features only. This graph compares the potential support effort inherent in each proposed manufacturing execution system. View sample 3-D Bar Chart comparison here.
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    Overall Comparison This graph compares the total Weighted Score of each proposed manufacturing execution system along with its Supportability Index and associated Vendor Profile. Use this when assessing the RISK of a proposed MES system and whether or not the MES system can indeed be implemented by the proposing MES vendor successfully. View sample 3-D Bar Chart comparison here.
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    Vendor Profile Scores This graph compares a score measuring the background, expertise, capabilities, and other data collected in the Vendor Global Issues section of the manufacturing execution RFP. The Vendor Profile Score provides a way of assessing the Capabilities PROFILE of a proposing MES vendor. View sample 3-D Bar Chart comparison here.

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      A Detailed & Comprehensive List of:

Manufacturing Execution System Features

      With over 3,625 pre-defined manufacturing execution RFP criteria ensure no important business requirements or software features "slip through the cracks".  All are in a quantitative format that guarantees vendor responses will be meaningful, consistent, and easy to compare. All questions are professionally prepared by application specialists to address BOTH the STANDARD features and EXCEPTION CASE software functions required.

      Identify BOTH MES Software Features Availability and Deliverability

      Unlike other RFPs that try (and fail) to gather useful solutions data about complex manufacturing execution system features, RFP Templates are not constrained to the use of summary-level "Yes" or "No" answers. This RFP Template uses a Feature Support Matrix (FSM) that identify BOTH feature AVAILABILITY and DELIVERY Method. This RFP Template function is useful during both the manufacturing execution software selection AND the system implementation phases of large projects because it enables effective Earned Value Management through detailed cross-referencing of usable software functionality and vendor invoicing.

      Determine the Risk & Supportability of Proposed

MES Software Solutions

      Unlike other RFPs, an RFP Template can illustrate potential support problems (and risk) inherent in vendor software proposals. The Feature Support Matrix (FSM) used in each RFP Template categorizes the inherent risk posed for each criteria, and uses that information to calculate the SUPPORTABILITY INDEX for each vendor RFP response. For example, a feature delivered "out of the box" FULLY SUPPORTED is less risky than one delivered through custom programming, even if the programming is free. This RFP Template function is useful during both the software selection AND the implementation phases of a large manufacturing execution system because it enables effective Earned Value Management through detailed cross-referencing of usable software functionality and vendor invoicing.

      Workflow Topics Included.

      The ability of the proposed software to successfully integrate with existng business process workflows, or implement new workflows, is critical to a achieving the high productivity increases and ROI expected of the new MES system. This RFP Template examines all pertinent Workflow features in detail.

      Vendor Response Input Validation.

      Vendors must answer each RFP question by choosing from a pre-defined list of possible responses. See below for an example of this drop-down list. This forces all vendors to respond to each enterprise/business, web, and customer relationship management software question in a consistent, standard manner. Eliminates the days of time typically wasted trying to compare the inconsistent or incomplete vendor responses obtained by using traditional, non-quantitative RFP questions! Ensures vendor proposals are easy to compare and evaluate!

      Color-Coded, "Apples-to-Apples" Comparison of Proposed Systems

MES Software Comparison

      These comparison matrices automatically change vendor response cell background color to GREEN, YELLOW, or RED, to reflect how favorable each response is to your needs! Compared to the tedious task of reviewing hundreds of mono-color Yes/No answers, these colored responses allow problem areas to be spotted more easily, and risk assessment is made much more accurate. All required response comparison matrices are included and ready-to-use! Quickly and easily compare manufacturing execution software system proposals side-by-side, feature by feature, in detailed comparisons you control! Keep your project on-schedule and under-budget.

      Evaluation Ratios

      Use an extensive set of ratio calculations to compare MES vendor proposals quickly and efficiently.

      Weighted Grade Score Graph

      Compares the Weighted Grade Point Score calculated for each proposed Manufacturing Execution System (MES). This is calculated as follows: The MES vendor response to each RFP question is assigned an un-weighted "raw" score. This raw score is then multiplied by the weight factor you entered previously (default = 1) for that MES RFP question to calculate the weighted score for each response. All of these individual scores are then totaled for use in this comparison. This score is essentially a measure of how well a proposed MES system fits your business and software needs, prioritized by the weight (importance level) you assigned to each question in the RFP. In essence, this score measures the SUITABILITY of each proposed MES software system to your overall requirements. NOTE this score measures just software functionality, and does not include any measure of vendor background, expertise, support, or programming ability.

      Feature Delivery Method Comparison:

      An analysis of how each vendor is proposing to deliver the MES system feature/function contained in their proposal. The graph below shows the percentage that is Fully Supported "out-of-the-box", the percentage to be done via Report Writer, a Configuration Parameter, or Third-Party add-in, versus the percentage to be done via Custom Coding (Scripting / Programming). This information is very useful in terms of identifying RISK, since a Fully Supported (and tested) MES feature presents far less risk than that same feature done as a "custom programming" task. Also, see the Supportability Index, which sums up these detail risk factors.

      MES Supportability Index Graph:

      The Supportability Index is a forecast of how much support and maintenance may be required to keep each proposed MES software system running at full potential over it's lifetime. This score is determined by how much custom coding is required to implement the proposed MES software, and which business processes depend on the customized system.

      Overall Comparison Graph:

      This graph compares both the Weighted Grade (Suitability) Score, Supportability Index, and the Vendor Capabilities Profile side-by-side for easy reference. It is important to see how much custom coding is in a proposed MES system that also has a high Weighted Score, along with the Vendor Profile. The more custom code, the higher the risk posed by that manufacturing execution system. Therefore, the more custom coding, the more expertise and capabilities a MES vendor should have.

      Vendor Profile Score Graph:

      The vendor background, expertise, capabilities, and certifications is obtained in the Vendor Global Issues section of the RFP. The MES vendor responses to this section are totaled separately from the system functionality topics, and this data is used to calculate the "Vendor Profile Score". The higher the score, the more CAPABILITIES a vendor is probably going to have.

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