In just a few words: A manufacturing control system (MCS for short) is planning software for controlling manufacturing.

What is Manufacturing Control System (MCS)?

The term manufacturing control system (or production control system) is often used as a synonym for manufacturing execution system (MES). By the same token, the use of the term is very industry-specific. Basically, a distinction can be made between manufacturing control technology (unit load production) and process control technology (process-related production).

Depending on the perspective, other terms are preferred. Computer scientists, or more specifically business informatics specialists, also refer to it as CIM (computer-integrated manufacturing). However, this concept has a reputation for low efficiency in the industry, as expectations that arose in this context in the 1980s and 90s often remained unfulfilled. In recent years, the term MES has increasingly gained acceptance. (see:

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