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Asset Performance Management (APM) Example are:
  • Can the software enable asset and equipment records to be linked to detailed stored specifications, schematics, drawings, regulations, codes, and related documentation?
  • Does the proposed system enable an asset hierarchy management to track assets and their associated locations using an easily configured graphical hierarchy feature that forms relationships between equipment?
  • Can the proposed software asset records include or reference such information as PM histories, and maintenance costs for individual serialized tools?
  • Does the software provide asset and equipment records that include user-definable fields indicating the presence and nature of hazardous materials?
  • ...and many others!

Work Order Management Example are:
  • In the proposed system, can Gantt chart be used to provides a visual representation of the planned work in a specific time period?
  • Does the proposed system allow the selection of work order search criteria in the following fields:
    - Work Orders
    - Assembly
    - Build Sequence
    - Job Status
    - Schedule Group (7) other search criteria listed here
  • Does the proposed system enable Work Order track production through the use of electronic travelers?
  • Can the system enable real-time central information point from where all information regarding that part / batch / lot can be found:
    - Part / Batch / Lot specific attachments
    - What needs to be done now (the current step)
    - Work Instructions for this specific step
    - (many other requirements listed here)

  • ...and many others!

Production Order Scheduling, Optimization, and Execution Example are:
  • Indicate if the proposed MES system maintain the following product genealogical information, in real time:
    - Current Production Information:
    - Current Product Status Information:
    - Current Machine/Workstation location:
    - Who has Worked in the Unit:
    - Machine/Workstation Work History:
    - Component Materials by Vendor:
    - Rework Required:
    - Lot/Batch Number:
    - Serial Number:
    - Measured Data:
    - Exception Data:
  • Indicate if the proposed MES system captured the folowing information in a reconciliation file for future comparison with payroll hours?
    - Set-up Labor?
    - Machine Hours:
    - Direct Labor?
    - Indirect Labor?
    - Quantities:
    - Received?
    - Completed?
    - Rejected?
    - Reworked?
    - Scrapped?
  • ...and many others!

Product Lifecycle Management (PLM) Example are:
  • Does the proposed system provide the ability to send production test results to PLM?
  • Does the proposed system provide the ability to receive product definitions from PLM?
  • Does the proposed system provide the ability to receive electronic work instructions, from PLM?
  • ...and many others!

Machine Performance Monitoring and Data Collection Example are:
  • Does the proposed system provide an integrated capability for using data collected from the factory-floor to report on machine performance regarding:
    - Material Usage:
    - Production Rate:
    - Production Quality:
    - Maintenance Requirements:
  • ...and many others!

Inventory Level Checking in Real Time Example are:
  • Can the proposed system automatically generate real-time digital records?
  • Does the proposed system automatically record manufacturing data such as actual labor, output, downtime, scrap, maintenance, and inventory, in near real time on the shop floor in a paperless manner, without manual data entry?
  • ...and many others!

Quality Management and Regulatory Compliance Example are:
  • Can the proposed system automatically collect information and statistics about the status of a specific product or process and make them visible to management?
  • Does the proposed system provide the ability to automatically create an online history (record) of past events that have affected a given process?
  • Can the proposed system automatically recommend the appropriate actions needed to correct a specific problem type?
  • ...and many others!

Production Data Collection Example are:
  • Does the proposed system provide an integrated capability for using data collected from the factory-floor to report on machine performance regarding: - Material Usage: - Production Rate: - Production Quality: - Maintenance Requirements:
  • Does the proposed system provide an integrated capability for using data collected from the factory-floor to create traceability records that contain: - Lot/Batch Number: - Operation: - Process Parameters: - Operator ID: - Supplier: - Product Measurements: - Process Exception Data:
  • Can the proposed system provide facilities to make these reports visible to management through an interface to a 3rd-Party ERP system?
  • ...and many others!

MES Workflow/BPM Processes (End-to-End if needed) Example are:
  • Does the proposed software provide a visual tool for building workflow processes with 'drag and drop' components?
  • If the proposed software enables new user defined fields, does it allow a user with proper clearance to designate that the new field be used as a workflow control parameter?
  • Does the proposed software provide the ability to setup timers and alarms, within the workflow process being defined, to alert users of impending deadlines?
  • Is the ability to capture the transaction status codes needed to ensure workflow system integrity provided by the proposed system?
  • Does the proposed system support dynamic process variables that provide real-time stat change as the workflow progresses?
  • Is a forms design function for creating interactive electronic forms, to be accessed by workflow participants, provided by the proposed system?
  • ...and many others!

Lean Manufacturing Example are:
  • Please identify the MES tool functions available for Supporting LM:
    - Real-time product monitoring:
    - Real time data collection:
    - Continuous improvement management:
    - PDCA Analysis:
    - Visual Support for Quality Inspection:
    - Quality Data Collection & Analysis - Preventive Maintenance - ...Twenty (20) More LM Functions Listed For LM Support!
  • Does the proposed software enable every step, from releasing work orders to output of production, to be documented and analyzed?
  • ...and many others!

Report Data and Setup Capabilities Example are:
  • Traveler Report
  • Work Order Report
  • ...and many others!

MES Artificial Intelligence (AI) functions Example are:
  • Does the proposed system provide the following functions for machine learning: - Analytics - Classification - Data Storage - Document Clustering - Image Recognition - Prediction - Real-time Personalization - Others
  • Automatically scheduling jobs through a production facility based on rules and parameters set by the production manager.
  • Preventing mistakes. As each data item is entered, the data is checked by rules and algorithms, and the user is warned immediately if he or she is about to make a data entry
  • An AI-based system is able to predict when inventory shortages will occur in response to a continual inflow of new customer orders.
  • Alerting managers when problems are about to occur. The AI-based rules and algorithms continuously scan the data collected by the operations tracking system
  • ...and many others!

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Updated 03-08-2022. This RFP for Manufacturing Execution System (MES) has ALL the features needed for the BEST MES software selection!
    - Complete (3,756 criteria), Unbiased MES Features  
    - Includes Everything Needed to Select the BEST MES System
    - Identify WHAT, and also HOW, vendors provide each feature!  (Delivery Types)
    - Obtain everything, including Workflow, Risk, and Implementation needs
    - Evaluate Report Set-Up, Useability, and Production Speen
Evaluation of ALL Responses information (View List)
    - Evaluation Based on YOUR FIRM'S requirements / levels
    - Accurately Compare Processes and Workflows Involving Many Departments
    - Compare Vendor Responses Evaluated at the Functional Levels
    - Analysis of Vendor Responses at the Financial Levels

Manufacturing Execution System Selection RFP

2022 Smart Manufacturing is important! Query vendors about all of your firm's specific MES software needs to choose the BEST Manufacturing Execution software.

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This MES Software RFP & Toolkit includes everything listed below. Enjoy immediate use of thousands of Manufacturing Execution Software selection criteria to make the entire process of MES selection easier, faster, and more accurate:
  • MES System RFP Template - Use this detailed Request for Proposal (RFP) to reduce the time needed to create an RFP and select MES software substantially. Obtain vendor proposals that address your needs. 
      - Extensive MES Requirements
      - Unique Capabilities
      - Complete MES Software Responses
      - End-to-End Business Process
      - Powerful MES RFP Features
      - Risk and support ability
  • Manufacturing Execution Software Evaluation and Selection - Easily and accurately compare and evaluate Manufacturing Execution software proposals, then select the MES system best for your needs! Included with each RFP Template discussed above are these:
      - Vendor Response Analysis
      - Detail Comparison
      - Evaluation Ratios Comparison
      - Economic Charts
      - Response Graphics

    This toolkit includes a comprehensive set of vendor RFP response (proposal) evaluation tools that enables you to quickly and accurately compare vendor Manufacturing Execution system software proposals to your company's requirements and to each other. A detailed "side-by-side" response comparison matrix with heat map, scorecard, and 3-D bar Charts are displayed about:

    • Weighted Grade Score
    • support ability Score
    • Vendor Response Quality Analysis
    • Detailed Heat Map
    • Proposed System Feature Comparison
    • Vendor Capabilities Profile
    • Extensive Financial Ratios
    • Payback Analysis

    This set of vendor response evaluation templates for Manufacturing Execution systems ensures impartial and accurate analysis of all competing vendor Manufacturing Execution software proposals at the weighted grade score, support ability, and financial levels, all to assist you in selecting the best MES software system for your needs.

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  • Selection Support Tools - Sometimes a project needs special help! When this comes up you will find the following   to be very useful:
      - Letter Template Collection
      - Best & Final Offer Request tools
      - Workflow Processing Checklists
      - MES Software Cutover Checklist
      - and full DOCUMENTATION!
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Very accurately perform Manufacturing Execution software options by using these state-of-the-art & powerful tools at EACH step needed to effectively select MES system software. Artificial Intelligence (AI) and other emerging requirements for Manufacturing Execution are included!

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Select MES System Effectively

This easy-to-use and customization RFP template and matching vendor RFP response evaluation/selection tools reliably choose MES system based on thousands of MES system selection requirements, and will save you time and money during each step of the Manufacturing Execution software selection process.

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Choose Manufacturing Execution software solutions more reliably based on a powerful RFP.  These MES software evaluation & selection templates use quantitative MES system criteria and other techniques to enhance the reliability of each step in the software selection process to:/span>
  • Prevent Fatal Omissions - 3,756 criteria ensure all industry standard Manufacturing Execution requirements are addressed.
  • Ensure Accurate Manufacturing Execution Software Evaluation - "Apples-to-Apples" comparison of MES systems based on your requirements. Vendor RFP responses can be compared in both detail and graphical forms to ensure accurate MES system selection.
  • Avoid Mistakes - Obtain MES software proposals in a consistent, easily compared and evaluated format through the use of built-in, automated vendor input validation.
  • Save Valuable Time - Eliminate wasted time spent manually clarifying, scoring, and evaluating vendor proposals, and quickly choose the best Manufacturing Execution software, all through the use of AUTOMATED vendor response scoring that eliminates the need to manually score thousands of vendor replies.
  • Select the best MES software solution using meaningful, actionable information.
  • EVALUATE MES SOFTWARE RELIABLY! - Accurately Compare and Evaluate Vendor RFP Responses! Manufacturing Execution Software Response Evaluation Tools are included! A detailed set of ratios, comparisons, and scorecard functions analyze each vendor RFP response to ensure selection of the MES software proposal best suited to your needs.

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Comprehensive Manufacturing Execution System Requirements

Eliminate wasted time during the MES system selection process!  Minimize the risk of picking the wrong system. Reduce the time spent researching and developing requirements from scratch, since all tools are ready-to-use with a list of over 3,756 MES software requirements (categorized below).


Artificial Intelligence (AI) Machine Learning Semantic and text analytics
Predictive Modeling Self-Service Capabilities Ranking Reports
What-If Analysis What-If Analysis Dashboards Visualizations Dashboards
Visualizations Dashboards Machine Learning Dashboards Intelligent Alerts
Executive Dashboards Collaboration Data Warehouse
Operational Reports Report Scheduling Ad-hoc Reports
Intelligent Data Capture Geospatial Mapping Location Intelligence
Interactive reports Metadata Management Meta Data Layer
Financial Summary Report Job Growth Report!

This enables you to immediately conduct user needs surveys, query vendors about complex MES software systems. Everything needed to select MES software successfully!

Each category shown below contains many individual Manufacturing Execution RFP questions. 

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Manufacturing Execution Software RFP Master contains a comprehensive Request for Proposal (RFP) PLUS powerful vendor RFP response (proposal) evaluation tools, all in familiar Excel spreadsheet format. Each simplifies and streamlines the many complex tasks required to not only prepare and distribute an RFP electronically, but also to evaluate the vendor responses to that RFP. Select MES software reliably!

This MES system RFP template also includes detailed criteria for Cloud computing, collaboration, and full User cutomization. It is organized to target all lines of business.


RFP Tools for MES Selection

Included with this MES Software RFP are the following functional tools...
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SAVE WEEKS, even MONTHS OF TIME by using thousands of professionally written MES system RFP statements & questions to communicate your software system requirements quickly and accurately. No need to re-invent the wheel.

All RFP questions are in quantitative format for accurately choosing the best Manufacturing Execution software system.

Monthly RFP Update Review helps insure the Advanced and Emerging MES software features and capabilities are included. Don't let your new MES system be obsolete on it's date of installation!

View this large TOC to see ALL the useful MES system application criteria!

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Click here to very the COMPLETE MES system responce types needed to verify ava[lability and risk! CUSTOMIZABLE WEIGHTED SCORES calculated at the individual software feature level provide the utmost in flexibility for RFP response scoring sub-module capabilities and overall vendor RFP response evaluation. View Weighted Grade Score calculation details here.

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& DELIVERABILITY. Unlike other MES software RFPs, Infotivity RFP 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. Each MES software RFP Master includes a Feature Support Matrix ™ (FSM) to automatically capture this information, which can be used to create very accurate and reliable MES system implementation schedules. View samples here.

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Determine RISK
and support ability. RFP Masters automatically evaluate vendor response data collected to quantitatively determine the support ability 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 system up and running. Measure the true impact of each system on your business over the long term. View sample here.

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ENHANCEMENT COST TRACKING - This MES RFP template feature provides a facility for cross-referencing the cost of specific custom programming and/or scripting tasks with vendor invoices. This enables the RFP to become a very useful implementation cost management/audit tool. Ideal for Earned Value Management (EVM).

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ensure the proposed MES 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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Evaluation and Comparision Tools for MES Selection

Also included with this MES system RFP are the following EVALUATION & COMPARISON Tools...

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"APPLES-to-APPLES" MES COMPARISON of vendor RFP responses (proposals) is assured by extensive use of quantitative RFP questions and full vendor response validation. Compare proposed MES system 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 MES comparison here.

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Manufacturing Execution RESPONSE EVALUATION RATIOS illustrates in detail and in a side-by-side comparison the strengths and weaknesses of each vendor proposal from a practical perspective. Learn HOW each vendor is planning on meeting your needs, and how reliable that approach really is. View Evaluation Ratios.

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SIDE-BY-SIDE COMPARISON OF RESPONSE RATIOS illustrates in detail and in a side-by-side comparison the strengths and weaknesses of each vendor proposal from a practical perspective. Learn HOW each vendor is planning on meeting your needs, and how reliable that approach really is. View Evaluation Ratios.

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IN-DEPTH FINANCIAL ANALYSIS RATIOS provide valuable insight into how proposed software will impact your organization immediately and over the long term. View and compare side=by-side key financial ratios such as Payback Period, Present Value (PV), Net Present Value (NPV), Internal Rate of Return (IRR), and others. View Financial Analysis Ratios.

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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 MES system. This Score is based on all MES vendor responses except Pricing and Vendor Background. View 3-D Bar Chart Comparison.

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Feature Delivery Methods - This graph compares HOW each MES vendor is planning to deliver the proposed MES 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 3-D Bar Chart Comparison.

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support ability Index - A proposed MES 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 support ability Index is based on responses to MES Software System Features only. This graph compares the potential support effort inherent in each proposed MES system. View 3-D Bar Chart Comparison.

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Overall Comparison - This graph compares the total Weighted Score of each proposed MES system along with its support ability 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 3-D Bar Chart Comparison.

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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 MES RFP. The Vendor Profile Score provides a way of assessing the Capabilities PROFILE of a proposing MES vendor. View 3-D Bar Chart Comparison.


  The Supporting Documents below are INCLUDED with this MES Software RFP:

COVER LETTER SAMPLES - Make the task easier with this MES System 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 system needs.
FULL VERSION of the RISK ASSESSMENT MATRIX CHECKLIST focused on MES system acquisition and implementation projects for working sample "Click Here"
BPR / BPE / WORKFLOW Processing Checklists - Excel-based template for mapping the current "AS-IS" state of an existing customer relationship management business process down to the data element level, a time-saving organizer when developing the new "TO-BE" state, or when trying to determine what is required to implement a new process, or when preparing for data conversion.
The OPTIMIZED RFP GUIDE. Designed to be viewed in a browser off-line, this document outlines the best procedures for creating custom MES RFP questions. Included or Sold Separately
The MES SOFTWARE CUTOVER CHECKLIST Helps Streamlines Implementation! Included or Sold Separately
MS Word DOCUMENTATION describing the organization and usage of the MES RFP and Evaluation/Comparison matrices.

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View many large RFP and Evaluation screens starting here. See bottom of this page for Free RFP sample and Pricing information.

Manufacturing Execution System Features

These comprehensive RFP criteria for MES software ensure that 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.

Monthly MES system update reviews help insure that Advanced, State-of-the-Art Emerging system capabilities are adressed! Makes selecting MES software much more reliable!



This RFP for MES software is set up to identify BOTH the availability of a software function and HOW it will be delivered. The many ways software functions can be delivered, and the amount of RISK involved with each, makes this very important. Vendors must answer in one of the following ways:

      FS (Yes, Full Support out of the box)

      CO (Yes, using a Configuration Option)

      RT (Yes, using a Reporting Tool)

      3P (Yes, using Third Party product)

      PE (Yes, a Paid Enhancement)

      FE (Yes, a FREE Enhancement)

      NS (No - Not Support)

This allows the reliability and on-going support cost risk of competing MES systems to be compared. Use an extensive set of CUSTOMIZABLE Weighted Grade Scoring calculations to evaluate the suitability of vendor proposals to your specific prioritized needs quickly and efficiently.


Manufacturing Execution Software Feature Availability and Delivery Methods

Unlike other MES system RFPs that try (and fail) to gather useful solutions data about complex MES software features, RFP Masters are not constrained to the use of summary-level "Yes" or "No" answers. This RFP Master ™ uses a Feature Support Matrix ™ (FSM) that identify BOTH feature AVAILABILITY and DELIVERY Method. This RFP Master function is useful during both the MES 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. Choose MES system software more effectively!


Manufacturing Execution Software Solutions

Unlike other MES software RFPs, an RFP Master can illustrate potential support problems (and risk) inherent in vendor MES software proposals. The Feature Support Matrix ™ (FSM) used in each RFP Master ™ categorizes the inherent risk posed for each criteria, and uses that information to calculate the support ability INDEX ™ for each vendor RFP response. For sample, 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 Master function is useful during both the MES selection AND the implementation phases of a large MES system because it enables effective Earned Value Management through detailed cross-referencing of usable software functionality and vendor invoicing.


      Effectively Manage Implementation

Enhancement Cost Tracker

This RFP template provides an "Enhancement Cost" column for cross-referencing vendor invoices with the estimated cost of each custom custom script and/or source code modification proposed by the vendor. This makes this MES RFP an ideal tool for managing vendor invoices effectively. The uses of this are many: preventing payments to vendors from exceeding usable system progress, preventing vendor over-billing, and prevents proposed tasks from being omitted, and as an implementation audit tool.


Workflow Processing Capabilities

The ability of the proposed MES software system 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 MES software RFP Master examines all pertinent Workflow features in detail.


Vendor Response Abilities

Vendors must answer each MES RFP question by choosing from a pre-defined list of possible responses. See below for an sample of this drop-down list. This forces all vendors to respond to each MES 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 MES software proposals are easy to compare and evaluate!


Manufacturing Execution Comparison

These MES 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 thousands 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 MES comparison matrices are included and ready-to-use! Quickly and easily compare MES system proposals side-by-side, feature by feature, in detailed comparisons you control! Keep your MES software project on-schedule and under-budget.


Evaluation Ratios

Use an extensive set of ratio calculations to compare MES vendor proposals quickly and efficiently. This help infore a more accurate MES software choice!


Evaluation Ratios Side-by-Side Comparison

This scorecard uses an extensive set of ratio calculations to compare vendor proposals quickly and efficiently.  High RFP scores can be lifted by a large number of customization or 3rd party scores.  Due to this, it is important to see HOW each proposed system has been set up to perform key processes.  This could insure a very complete MES system choice!


Cost Savings Analysis.

COST SAVINGS ANALYSIS - Calculates and illustrates:
  • Yearly Savings
  • Yearly Maintenenc
  • Payback Period
  • Return on Investment (ROI)
  • Internal Rate of Return (IRR)
  • Discount Rate
  • Net Present Value (NPV)
  • B/C Ratio
  • IRR


Weighted Grade Score Graph
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Compares the Weighted Grade Point Score calculated for each proposed MES system. This is calculated as follows: The MES software vendor response to each RFP question is assigned an unweighted "raw" score. This raw score is then multiplied by the weight factor you entered previously (default = 1) for that MES system 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 MES software 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 MES vendor is proposing to deliver the system feature/function contained in their MES software system 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 MES feature done as a "custom programming" task.This is very useful in any MES system selection effort. Also, see the support ability Index, which sums up these detail risk factors.


Manufacturing Execution support ability Index Graph:

The support ability Index is a forecast of how much MES software support and maintenance may be required to keep each proposed 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 software.


Overall Comparison Graph:

This graph compares the Weighted Grade (Suitability) Score, support ability 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 MES system. Therefore, the more custom coding, the more expertise and capabilities a vendor should have. This is very helpful in all MES software selection processes.


Vendor Capability Rating

The backgrounds, expertise, capabilities, and certifications of each vendor is obtained in the Vendor Global Issues section of the MES RFP. The MES vendor responses to this section are totaled separately from the software 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 be able to provide.

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