Manufacturing Enterprise Solutions Association

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Manufacturing Enterprise Solutions Association International (MESA, aka MESA International) [1] is a global, nonprofit community of manufacturing companies, information technology hardware and software suppliers, system integrators, consulting service providers, analysts, editors, academics and students. The shared goal of MESA members is to improve business results and production operations through optimized application and implementation of information technology and best management practices.

MESA member companies and individuals span the full range of manufacturing from discrete to batch to mixed model to process. The association's efforts are focused on helping the manufacturing community to use information technology to provide real-time visibility into the production process.

MESA provides a variety of programs and events that work together to help manufacturers and producers to:

  • Better understand what is possible in terms of information technology to improve profitability, business value, agility, and customer satisfaction
  • Engage "best practices" to see what other manufacturers have done to achieve measurable success
  • Approach investment decisions in technology with more information and confidence
  • Learn to improve the deployment of new technology

History[edit]

MESA was initially founded, in 1992, to promote Manufacturing Execution Systems, its acronym and reach was later broadened to include Operations and Maintenance (O&M) and the integration of those systems with plant floor devices and control systems, as well as enterprise systems. In 2012, MESA merged with WBF (World Batch Forum), the standards organization responsible for B2MML and BatchML.

Activities[edit]

MESA members participate in and contribute to a number of activities:

  • Education
  • Webcasts
  • Creation of relevant content for manufacturing/enterprise integration topics (example: MESA model for manufacturing) – also link papers for MESA. Content is peer reviewed, non commercial. As an example, the following figure represents the latest version of the MESA Model (originally developed in 2008):

Current MESA Model|MESA Model [2]

  • Creation/publication of B2MML/BATCHML implementations of ISA-95/88
  • Forum for collaboration between vendors, manufacturers, and standards organizations
  • Peer to peer networking (conferences, working groups)
  • Conferences (around the world – North America, Europe, etc)
  • Working groups, such as:
    • Asset Performance Mgt
    • Metrics
    • Food Safety & Traceability
    • etc

Who Participates in MESA?[edit]

MESA includes member organizations such as:

  • Manufacturers & producers
  • Standards organizations
  • Vendors (manufacturing solutions providers, enterprise application providers)
  • Operations Technology & IT functions within organizations
  • Academia

People participating in MESA are typically in roles such as:

  • Analysts
  • Professors and students
  • Manufacturing consultant
  • Manufacturing executives
  • System integrators
  • Software architects
  • Manufacturing/production engineers

Sponsoring Organizations[edit]

Keystone sponsors of MESA include Platinum keystone members as of October 2014:

Gold keystone members as of October 2014:

Related Organizations[edit]

MESA works with a number of related organizations in its work to advance the state of the art in Operations and Maintenance:

References[edit]

  1. ^ MESA International. "About Us". http://mesa.org/en/index.asp. 
  2. ^ "MESA Model". http://mesa.org/en/modelstrategicinitiatives/MESAModel.asp. MESA International. 

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