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4 Things Your MOM System Shouldn't Be

Many enterprise systems are required to produce complex products like airplanes. One of the subsystems, referred to as MOM (Manufacturing Operations Management) is what turns engineering drawings and raw materials into an end item. MOM specifically handles detailed scheduling of work packages using limited resources to meet output requirements.

For the purposes of this document, our position at Collinear Group is that a MOM system should be based on the ISA-95 standard. This document serves as a foundational architecture for any modern MOM system. Our opinion is that MOM systems do not currently orient managers to the most important priorities. This prevents them from making the correct decisions to safely, accurately, and efficiently execute production. The scale and level of interdependency in large aerospace production systems requires that production plans, schedules, and recovery schedules clearly communicate priorities to production stakeholders so that everyone is aligned on what to do and when to do it.

Given that position, the four opinions below describe a few characteristics for what a MOM system should NOT be in the context of a complex aerospace manufacturing environment:

  • MOM is not a cost accounting system in disguise.

  • MOM is not focused on anything other than outcomes.

  • MOM is not based on infinite capacity in the production system.

  • MOM is not designed for static or low change production environments.


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