Many manufacturers attempt Continuous Improvement (CI) initiatives without an aligned MOM system strategy and fail. Many manufacturers attempt MOM systems without an aligned CI initiative and fail. As a result, a new global industrial revolution has begun based on how to optimize manufacturing plants by combining CI methods with an adaptive MOM system architecture put into place using a Manufacturing Transformation Strategy.

The course details the building of a Manufacturing Transformation Strategy by combining two frameworks: – A Manufacturing Maturity Model supporting the manufacturing transformation strategy – The ISA-95 methods mapped against this Maturity Model to support the MOM System and CI Roadmap

In the Roadmap, each MES/MOM project ROI identifies corrective actions to mitigate risks through required change to organization structure, process, personnel and technology.

Industrial companies traditionally view manufacturing cost reduction as only a labor cost issue. It is not even the largest cost. Significant cost reduction is a matter of effective work processes across plants and supply chain operations for normal and abnormal operating states. The real solution for effective work processes requires simultaneous changes in organization structure, operations processes, and employee skill sets all of which are enabled by manufacturing operations management system (MOM) technologies.

Successful optimization centers on prevention of production issues in the design by characterizing operations work processes through Lean and Six Sigma methods. Based on the resulting user and system functional requirements, a MOM System Roadmap is derived including risks and a tangible return on investment (ROI) identified for each project. However, when the MOM System Roadmap lacks cultural transformation requirements for each system, the system projects fail.

Learner will be able to:

  • Recognize why a Manufacturing Transformation Strategy is needed
  • Describe a framework to support the definition of such a strategy
  • Identify tools, such as ISA-95, that can help to define a Manufacturing System Roadmap and Capability Matrix
  • Identify common MES/MOM pitfalls and risks


  • Why a Manufacturing Transformation Strategy
  • The Manufacturing Maturity Model
  • Applying ISA-95 (and other) models to develop transformation deliverables
    • Process domain
    • Structure domain
    • People domain
    • IT domain
  • Overview of ISA-95 methods used
  • Determine Manufacturing Maturity
  • Misconceptions and Risks
    • The reality: progressive insight
  • Conclusion

Test and Exercises:
1. In-Course Formative Assessment Test: 8 Questions, Open notes in discussion, Answers recorded in Test Form.
2. Out-Course Summative Assessment Test: 7 Questions, Open notes in self study, Answers recorded in Test Form.

Course Prerequisites:

Reference Materials:
1. MESA White Paper #38: Building a Manufacturing Transformation Strategy with ISA-95 Methods
2. MESA White Paper #53: MESA MOM Capability Maturity Model Version 1.0