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Manufacturing Execution System (MES)

Manufacturing Execution System (MES)

Connect, monitor, and tightly control your manufacturing operations – with SAP Manufacturing Execution. This MES system integrates your business and manufacturing processes to help you run efficient, high quality production on the shop floor. Access real-time information, improve reliability, and take advantage of global product traceability.

Why SAP Manufacturing Execution?

Because improving product quality while driving down costs is your ultimate goal. With SAP Manufacturing Execution you can:

  • Leverage seamless, out-of-the-box SAP ERP integration
  • Control the production of every single unit to boost product quality
  • Ensure regulatory compliance with unit-level traceability, genealogy, and reporting
  • Run flexible production process modeling – no programming required
  • Improve nonconformance management, from in-line sampling to visual testing and repair
  • Give operators role-specific MES access, personalized dashboards, and intuitive mobile and browser-based UIs
  • High flexibility and extensibility and pure SOA based architecture
Functional Capabilities
Product quality and production
Gain real-time visibility into your manufacturing processes to quickly pinpoint and resolve quality issues. Reduce warranty and liability risks with better production monitoring and control.
Increase throughput by rapidly identifying and resolving problem areas – such as nonconforming processes, logistical issues, or material shortages.
Meet complex regulatory requirements with best-in-class product traceability and reporting, genealogy management, and automated data collection.
Get the flexibility you need to fill custom orders and meet specific customer requirements. Adapt and shift production to meet varied and changeable demand.
Paperless manufacturing
Replace paper-based manufacturing processes with electronic systems that connect the top floor to the shop floor. Automate data capture to eliminate errors, gain real-time visibility into operations, and ensure consistent product quality.
Asset utilization
Increase your return on assets and improve overall equipment effectiveness (OEE). Facilitate predictive maintenance, minimize downtime, and keep manufacturing operations running smoothly.  
Technical Capabilities
  • Order-based manufacturing execution
  • WIP tracking and genealogy (order, lot, and serial #)
  • Manufacturing process control
  • Automated data collection
  • Labor tracking and management
  • Defect tracking and resolution
  • Mobile apps for wireless bar code scanners
  • As-built record optimization for produced products 
  • NEW: Support for HANA DB
  • NEW: Operation Sub-Step activities
  • NEW: Multiple Browser support

System requirements for SAP Manufacturing Execution

System and software requirements vary according to specific customer scenarios – please contact your account executive for more information. Also, please see the SAP Manufacturing Execution Product Availability Matrix for the latest information on updates and releases.

Platform SAP Manufacturing Execution on Netweaver Java 7.5
Operating Systems
Windows Server, LINUX, UNIX, AIX
SAP HANA, MS SQL Server and Oracle DBMS
Supplemental Components
Co-located MII 15.1 with MEINT ECC integration content, and PCo 15.1 for shop floor integration
Languages Multiple languages available
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Contact your local SAP account executive for additional licensing and purchasing options

Licensing and purchasing options for our MES software

The modular structure of SAP Manufacturing Execution allows you to license and pay for only the functionality and number of users that you require at any given time. Start with the packages and licenses your organization needs right now and add more users and functionality as your needs evolve. This product is deployed on-premise and requires a perpetual license. Contact your local SAP account executive for additional licensing and purchasing options.


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Ensure a successful implementation and maximize your ROI with information resources that support the different phases of SAP Manufacturing Execution – from planning and installation to operation.


Plan your installation

Refer to SAP Manufacturing Execution 15.1 Installation Guide* for important information about installation and upgrade planning.

Confirm that you have a license key

To request permanent license keys, you need authorization under myProfile*. To extend your authorization, please contact an SAP user administrator*.

Download the software

Visit the SAP Support Portal* to download the SAP Manufacturing Execution software installation package.


Consider a faster deployment option

Get up and running even faster. The SAP Manufacturing Execution for Discrete Manufacturing rapid-deployment solution brings together software and services to speed go-live for a rich set of MES functionality.

Implementing SAP Manufacturing Execution 

Written by Chandan Jash, Dipankar Saha

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Complete the installation steps
Refer to section 4 in Installation Guide: SAP Manufacturing Execution 15.1* for a step-by-step overview of the installation process, including a list of required tools and associated documentation.
Post-installation procedures
Refer to section 5 in Installation Guide: SAP Manufacturing Execution 15.1* for a detailed overview of post-installation processes.

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Manage your SAP applications

Refer to Application Operations Guide: SAP Manufacturing Execution 15.1* to learn how to manage, maintain, and run your SAP applications at peak performance.

Ensure security for your MES

Download Security Guide: SAP Manufacturing Execution 15.1* for important information on ensuring the security of your software.


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Enhance your knowledge of our MES system

View the SAP Manufacturing Execution training and certification catalog of instructor-led courses and e-courses – and train when and where it’s convenient for you. 

Stay up-to-date with our learning maps

Consultants, get role-specific learning maps with SAP implementation and operation information. These online knowledge products cover our latest products and upgrades.



Need help planning your SAP education? Learn how our education consulting services can help


Plan and carry out a successful upgrade to the latest release of SAP Manufacturing Execution – so you can take advantage of the new features and capabilities right away.


Identify the upgrade paths

Download the Product Availability Matrix to review upgrade paths for SAP Manufacturing Execution.

Download the matrix now*

Plan your upgrade

The Master Guide contains important information about SAP Manufacturing Execution upgrade planning.

Read the guide*

Plan landscape changes

The Landscape Planner lets you visualize your existing system landscape, simulate changes, and analyze the potential impact.

Use the planner*


Identify dependencies

Use the Upgrade Dependency Analyzer to determine if your upgrade will have an impact on the other systems in your landscape.

Access the analyzer 



Complete the upgrade steps

Refer to our Component Upgrade Guide for detailed information, options, and procedures for upgrading from a previous release.

View the guide*

Ask the Community

Visit the SAP Manufacturing community for the latest technology news and updates. Ask questions, post comments, and discuss issues.

Visit the community


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Get the support you need to keep SAP Manufacturing Execution running at peak performance. Our experts can help you maximize the value of your software, take advantage of new business models and capabilities, and more.

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