Aptean

Aptean Factory MES

4.5 / 5 2 reviews

Who Uses This Software?

Process & discrete manufacturers in the food and beverage, consumer packaged goods, pharmaceutical and automotive industries hoping to increase productivity and drive continuous improvement on floor.


Average Ratings

2 Reviews
  • 4.5 / 5
    Overall
  • 4.5 / 5
    Ease of Use
  • 4.5 / 5
    Customer Service

Product Details

  • Deployment
    Cloud, SaaS, Web
    Installed - Windows
  • Training
    Documentation
    Webinars
    Live Online
    In Person
  • Support
    24/7 (Live Rep)

Vendor Details

  • Aptean
  • www.aptean.com/
  • Founded 2012
  • United States

About Aptean Factory MES

Factory MES helps drive productivity & improvement on the shop floor with real-time visibility into manufacturing operations, alongside paperless quality management to ensure process compliance. Factory is combined with a proven methodology focused on developing operator skills & performance reviews, to drive better performance every run, shift & day. Upon implementation, operators can immediately improve operations & become more accountable for performance with Factory's real-time analytics.


Aptean Factory MES Features

  • Bills of Material
  • Financial Management
  • Inventory Management
  • Logistics Management
  • Manufacturing Execution
  • MRP
  • Product Configurator
  • Production Scheduling
  • Quality Management
  • Quote Management
  • Safety Management
  • Traceability

Aptean Factory MES Reviews Recently Reviewed!

Amazing ROI

Jul 25, 2017
4/5
Overall
4 / 5
Ease of Use
4 / 5
Features & Functionality
5 / 5
Customer Support
5 / 5
Value for Money
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Comments: This software implementation has been the single biggest success in my 15 years at the company. The ROI is undeniable. The opportunity for culture change is very big. It can really change the approach and focus of your manufacturing employees and management to look for and act on accurate actionable data. The outputs clearly show where your resources should be focused for efficiency gains. Its critical to postion the project correctly as a culture shift driven by and for manufacturing, not a mangment tool to flog manufacturing. That step is key to adoption and adoption is key to ROI.

Pros: Fast deployment. Fast Payback. SImple setup. Shop Floor focused operation and interface. Very graphical and intuitive

Cons: Not so much a con, as a tip. You must spend the time and the resources to properly model your hierarchies and your events. Attention to these aspects during setup will have a big impact on the data you receive being actionable out of the gate. The user setup and report subscription are a bit convoluted and dated. But you don't have to deal with that often once you up and running. Out of the box the focus is on OEE, a mostly European concept. Some shops prefer the included unit / hour views that are more prevalent in the US.

The user experience for our shop-floor employees is by far the greatest win here!

Jul 25, 2017
5/5
Overall
5 / 5
Ease of Use
4 / 5
Features & Functionality
4 / 5
Customer Support
4 / 5
Value for Money
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Comments: When we first looked at a system to support gathering performance metrics on our plant floor, we had a few different options; Factory MES was what I would call an "out of the box solution" that presented industry standards and supported the plant floor. If the plant floor was not going to engage in entering information and utilizing the system, we were not going to be able to deliver metrics to Management in the plant or at corporate. This system delivered a tool that engaged our Operators. We were not looking to build our own system with a SCADA-based solution, so this option fit our needs. We still struggle with the overwhelming amount of data that is being collected by FMES and how best to marry that up with other data. However, the Performance-based KPIs are there, easy to use, easy to drill into details, and are real-time to both the operator and to the supervisor in the plant and elsewhere in the company. If we were to have a "do-over", we would absolutely still select Factory MES as our tool of choice; but during implementation we would require more supervision to be part of the initial team. Their engagement, second to the Operator engagement, is key to driving results. We are getting there, more of an evolution though.

Pros: This is a powerful product that offers a user interface that not only offers flexibility for the end-user so that relevant information is shown for the appropriate area of the plant and/or user, it also is extremely user-friendly. The large buttons displayed and use of red/yellow/green makes it easy for our Supervisors to react to a potential obstacle (red/yellow) or a solid performance (green) in those areas. Aptean continues to evolve this product, looking for opportunities to better support the ever-changing manufacturing environments. This is another benefit to partnering with Aptean on this product. As our business evolves, we need the product to evolve and grow with us.

Cons: In the past, integration has not been as seamless as we would have wanted. This has improved and continues to improve.