MESA has a long-standing commitment to understanding performance metrics for manufacturing and production companies. MESA's Metrics Working Group was originally formed in 2004 based on the needs of manufacturer/producer members to understand what impacts performance and make a case to management for core improvements in processes and IT systems. Renamed to the Manufacturing Analytics Working Group in 2017, the group continues to drive new activities and deliverables.
Additional Analytics Resources
In 2021-2023, MESA's Analytics Working Group presented a series of Podcasts.
- Analytics, Data, and Smart Manufacturing.
- When do you pull the plug on a project that is tanking and what can you learn from the fail?
- How should Smart Manufacturing be positioned for the C-Suite?
- Creating Analytics for Difficult to Measure Manufacturing Metrics
- The Industrial Metaverse
- What does this mean for manufacturing analytics?
- Leveraging data and implementing analytics in a "zero-trust" environment
- How will industry jobs be affected by the increasing application and integration of analytics?
Bridging the Gap between Operations and Finance
This presentation discusses the disrupting force of digitization in manufacturing. These changes challenge our current approach to the manufacturing including the role of the technologies we implement and the nature of the products we make. Despite this disruption there are many new opportunities for those who can adapt to these changes.
The panel, who are the authors of the MESA Analytics Framework & Guide (2020 edition) will give insight into how you can take advantage of these opportunities by defining clear objectives through a common set of analytics and aligning all parts of you organization to the same goals.
Metrics Makeover Contest
In 2010-12, MESA held a contest where one manufacturer in North America and one in Europe won a consulting engagement that helped them identify and measure a key performance metric and used the information to improve overall performance. View the presentations that highlight the winners' journeys and results.
Correlating Plant Performance to Business Performance (2010)
Correlating Plant Performance to Business Performance focuses on metrics practices and the improvements in plant performance that those who increased business performance have made. It includes best practice tips, quotes from industry leaders, and a clear statement that any manufacturer or producer can achieve business performance improvements.
Improving Order Execution Performance: A Holistic View of Metrics Across Plant and Warehouse
This paper, published in 2008 in conjunction with the Warehousing Education and Research Council (WERC) and MHIA's Order Fulfillment Council and Supply Chain Systems and Technologies groups, describes the critical need to align performance measurement across the plant and warehouse execution functions, and provides shared definitions and calculations for over 50 relevant metrics.
Metrics for Major Initiatives (2007)
Metrics for Major Initiatives is the findings from a primary research study conducted in 2007 focused on several of the MESA Strategic Initiatives: Lean, Quality, and Real-time Enterprise. It is a snapshot of what companies do to gauge the success of such initiatives.
Metrics for Diagnostics Purposes
MESA has initiated several studies on metrics over the past years to illustrate how metrics help enterprises to attain better performance. Several working groups have tackled different aspects of how metrics are used by different manufacturers in order to derive and document the best practices in this field. This white paper is the result of a study conducted to evaluate how several different manufacturers successfully used metrics to diagnose and solve issues in their plants. This paper and coordinating webinar outline the different processes involved in harnessing the power of metrics.