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Question answered in Quora - What are manufacturing systems, and how are they distinguished from pro

There are MES - Manufacturing Execution Systems & Production Planning Systems, for example MRP - Manufacturing Resource Planning

MES - Manufacturing Execution System is a System that helps execute on manufacturing, for example it could walk the operator or an assembly worker step by step on how to assemble a product. There could be a system that could show how to assemble a work order, report inventory, track inventory for the work order, show step by step how to execute an assembly process.

Where as MRP - Manufacturing Resource Planning, whose primary function is to create production plans based on certain demand forecast or sales forecast. All this forecast is fed into this system and the Production Planning package spits out production plans that are fed into production plants that produce the actual product.

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