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A method to align functionalities of a manufacturing execution system with competitive priorities

Miguel Afonso Sellitto (Production and Systems Engineering Graduate Program, Universidade do Vale do Rio dos Sinos, Sao Leopoldo, Brazil)
Elisandro João de Vargas (Instituto Federal de Educacao Ciencia e Tecnologia Farroupilha, Santa Maria, Brazil)

Journal of Manufacturing Technology Management

ISSN: 1741-038X

Publication date: 1 August 2019



The purpose of this paper is to align the implementation of the manufacturing execution systems (MES) functionalities with the manufacturing competitive dimensions of two companies of the metal-mechanics industry.


The research object comprises two Brazilian manufacturers that use MES. The research method is quantitative modeling. A literature review organized 24 functionalities of MES. The study prioritized the functionalities and the manufacturing competitive dimensions, evaluated the contribution and the quality of the implementation and classified the functionalities.


Two functionalities in the first and five in the second case have high contribution and quality. Three functionalities in the first and six in the second case have low contribution and quality. The first group should be more explored and updated. The second should be discontinued. The rest has intermediate graduations and should be studied case-by-case. The main contribution of the paper is the method, which can be replicated in other applications in the same or in other industries.

Research limitations/implications

The study relies on two case studies of the same industry. Further research shall encompass the entire industry and cases in industries others than the metal-mechanics.

Practical implications

MES users and vendors may benefit from the study as they can apply the method to align the implementation with the manufacturing strategy and therefore enhance the effectivity of the system.


The authors did not find a study that associates the performance or the contribution of the MES functionalities to the competitive priorities with the quality, integrity or consistency of the implementation.



The authors declare that there is no conflict of interest regarding the research. The studied was entirely funded, from the theoretical background to the field stages, by CNPq, the Brazilian research agency, under the Grant No. 303574/2016-0 and by CAPES, the Brazilian agency for support and evaluation of graduate education.


Sellitto, M.A. and Vargas, E.J.d. (2019), "A method to align functionalities of a manufacturing execution system with competitive priorities", Journal of Manufacturing Technology Management, Vol. 31 No. 2, pp. 353-369.



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