QS Study

Structure of Manufacturing Information Systems:

The function of manufacturing information systems is to maintain manufacturing operations by providing pertinent and appropriate information for decision making at different levels of the company hierarchy. Managers need to the preparation and direct operations within the company and use up to date management information systems designed to collect and present the essential data that is usually computerized.

Information technology must play a vital role in the design and manufacturing processes. Manufacturing information systems are among the most difficult both to develop and to implement. TPSs are embedded in the production process or in other company processes. The data provided by the transaction processing systems are used by management support subsystems, which are tightly integrated and interdependent. Manufacturing information subsystems include:

  1. Product design and engineering,
  2. Product scheduling,
  3. Quality control,
  4. Facilities planning, production costing, logistics, and inventory subsystems.

Benefits of MIS implementation might include:

  • Reduced costs, waste, and re-work
  • Assessment of correct order priority
  • Evaluation of optimal times to turn machines on and off
  • Scheduling and rescheduling equipment
  • Improving reaction time within the supply change management process
  • Managing suppliers
  • Embedding lean and six sigma thinking into your manufacturing process
  • Increasing transparency in record-keeping processes
  • Audit preparation etc.