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MES Systems – revolutionizing manufacturing. How does the Production Portal reduce carbon Footprint? 

December 5, 2023
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In the era of growing ecological awareness and climate change, the carbon footprint has become an immensely significant issue for companies. The key objective is to minimize it and promote the sustainable development of the company. MES (Manufacturing Execution Systems) play a crucial role in optimizing production processes and tracking the environmental life assessment. In this article, we explore the functioning of MES solutions, the benefits of their implementation, and their role in reducing CO2 emissions. 

What is the Carbon Footprint? 

The carbon footprint, also known as the greenhouse gas emission footprint, measures primarily the amount of carbon dioxide emitted directly or indirectly into the atmosphere. This occurs due to human activities, various processes, or even individual products. These gases have the ability to absorb and emit heat into the atmosphere, creating the so-called greenhouse effect. In this context, the carbon footprint can be seen as a measure of the impact of a particular activity on climate change

The carbon footprint is often expressed in: 

It can be calculated for various fields, such as manufacturing and transportation, as well as energy or specific products. 

If you want to explore the topic of the carbon footprint itself, also read Part I and Part II of the series of articles on climate neutrality. 

Reducing the Carbon Footprint – MES System 

MES is a tool designed to support production realization and management. This advanced IT solution allows for precise control of the entire production process. As a result, it also enables measures to reduce the company’s carbon footprint. Below are several examples of specific benefits resulting from MES implementation: 

  1. Optimization of Production Processes: Efficient production planning, reduced raw material and energy consumption through data collected by the MES system contribute to waste reduction and avoiding resource wastage. 
  1. Monitoring Emissions and Energy Consumption: MES enables continuous monitoring of CO2 emissions and energy consumption during the production process. This helps identify areas where improvements can be made to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. 
  1. Dynamic Production Adjustment: MES adjusts production to current conditions (market demand or availability of renewable energy) in real time. This eliminates overproduction, minimizing the negative impact on the environment.

Parameters collected by MES

Unequal Footprint for Identical Products 

When mass producing multiple (seemingly identical) products, each may have a different carbon footprint. For example, why is it that when looking at two pens that look the same and perform the same task, each will generate a different carbon footprint? Here are some reasons: 

Implementation of MES is Not Enough! 

Implementing an MES system is certainly one of the most important steps that will bring your company closer to optimizing production processes and potentially reducing the carbon footprint. However, the effectiveness of this system depends not only on technology but also on people and their commitment to analyzing problems and solving them. Why is it so crucial for a company to have a group of experienced specialists? 

MES systems support manufacturing plants in acquiring key data. With reliable and real-time information, it becomes much easier to make business decisions and optimize manufacturing processes, thereby influencing climate neutrality and product quality. 

When implementing MES class solutions, it is worth taking advantage of the experience and knowledge of independent technology consultants. If the topic is of interest to you – be sure to write to us. 

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