Can the Industrial IoT replace the MES?

Today the IIoT (Industrial Internet of Things) is the most important topic and this has overshadowed the traditional MES (Manufacturing Execution System), almost to mean that the MES systems can be overcome by this new paradigm. In Espedia believe that, even more at this moment, the MES system is an enabling factor for any strategy in the Industrial IoT sector.

Let’s explain why.

The Manufacturing Execution System is the factory system dedicated to production companies, able to collect, aggregate and present in real time all the information necessary to control, manage and optimize all the activities of the production process. It is the link between the plant and the entire supply chain, and allows to organize and structure all the information on assets and operations to coordinate and execute business processes and workflows, ensuring their correct execution. With the MES it is possible:


  • Guarantee full control of the processes and their progress by monitoring material deposits even on the machine
  • Ensure the respect and correct execution of production processes
  • Manage all production resources (machines, molds, employees, warehouse) in real time
  • Reduce waste in terms of waste reduction, errors, downtime and unnecessary handling
  • Manage stocks in real time, guaranteeing the traceability of raw material batches, semi-finished products and finished products
  • Improve customer service in terms of speed, punctuality, quality and completeness in deliveries


Furthermore, the MES can be the “trigger” to boot automatic actions in the event of anomalies or exceptions and ensures that the data made available by IIoT technologies are correctly contextualised, making them useful for making the right operational and business decisions in the company and producing with quality and maximum efficiency.

It is obvious how the advent of Industrial IoT technologies cannot constitute an alternative to the MES systems which, on the contrary, can enhance and exploit the investments made in integration technologies.

To invest in innovation today is even more advantageous thanks to the Piano Nazionale Industria 4.0, and super and iper amortization, which allow to facilitate the evolution of the whole manufacturing sector!


Marco Artioli, Managing Director and Practice Smart Manufacturing Director of Espedia