Course reviews how MES/MOM systems assist companies in their continuous improvement and supply chain optimization efforts. An overview is provided on the following are co-dependent to accomplish manufacturing transformation: 1) Supply Chain concepts and how MOM systems provide critical information and functionality within the extended supply chain; 2) Continuous Improvement concepts such as Six Sigma, Kaizen, Kanban, Value stream mapping and others; 3) The Lean Journey and DMAIC explored as a Continuous Improvement process applied in any real company; and 4) Finally, how technology and MES/MOM systems specifically accelerate considerable benefits to Continuous Improvement initiatives.

Current industry discussions are focused on manufacturing/production’s actual role in global supply chain network. For any manufacturer to be competitive, actual manufacturing operations activities must be highly interactive in supply chain and enterprise processes for effective collaboration and competition. This is the domain of collaborative and flexible manufacturing operations management (MOM) system architectures. The course explains the business cases for using evolving methods based on MOM international standards to effectively design, implement, change and optimize manufacturing operations work processes and supporting MOM system architectures within the distributed pull supply chains.

Learner will be able to:

  • Identify the 21st Century Market Drivers for global manufacturing
  • Recognize why manufacturers are changing and how MOM plays a major role in accelerating change through scalable continuous improvement
  • Describe how MOM fits into the supply chain and how this complicates data governance
  • Recognize Lean and Six Sigma and how they are supported by technology to entrench improvement
  • Identify Business to Manufacturing challenges and how ISA-95 can be used to mitigate those


  • 21st Century Motivation and Case for Change
  • Evolution of Manufacturing Operations Management
  • 21st Century Global Supply Chain Requirements
  • Continuous Improvement Concepts & Practices
  • How Do You Ensure Control to Maintain Gains
  • What is Scalable Continuous Improvement?
  • Conclusion

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

Course Prerequisites:

Reference Materials:
MESA Guidebook: Lean Manufacturing Strategic Initiative Guidebook