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MES package product for the manufacturing industry
that integrates UNIFACE's know-how

IB-Mes is a tool
for review, analysis and improvement of manufacturing efficiency.

The introduction of IB-Mes
will bring about IMPROVEMENT in the workplace.

Product Information

Cloud version of IB-Mes is now available, packed with functions necessary for the manufacturing industry! The introduction of IB-Mes will bring about IMPROVEMENT in the Workplace.
A Cloud service that requires no server installation, ideal for starting small.

#01 Concept And Features Of IB-Mes
Packaged Products With Fast Implementation, Versatility, And Excellent Cost Performance

IB-Mes is a packaged product that covers the basic functions required on the manufacturing site, based on UNIFACE's experience with manufacturing execution systems delivered to date and customer feedback.
In addition to providing an MES package that is quicker to implement and more cost effective than custom-made systems, we have also aimed to create an MES package that can be used with simple operations for a wide range of functions, including data acquisition from a variety of old and new facilities and machines, linkage with other systems, support for multiple languages and in-house terminology, and expansion of functions through customization and add-ons.

  • Collecting accurate data in real time to improve the manufacturing site.
  • Linkage with ERP and other core management systems, as well as with systems already in use.
  • Can be installed even if there is a mixture of manufacturers and various old and new PLCs and equipment.
  • Touch panel operation for intuitive use.
  • Can be used on tablet devices.
  • Support for multiple languages and company terminology.
  • Customization allows us to meet the requirements of each customer.
  • Regular updates to prevent obsolescence and respond to changing demand.
  • Speedy implementation in as little as one month is possible.
  • Significantly lower cost than custom-made construction.
  • Andon, monitoring and maintenance of equipment, linkage with network cameras*.
  • Notification of equipment malfunctions and stoppages to smartwatch*.
  • Capable of reading and linking QR codes, RFID, Felica, and Mifare cards*.
  • Cloud integration is possible*.
  • ※ *This is an optional feature that can be customized and expanded.
#02 What Is A MES?

The Manufacturing Execution System, MES is a system that automatically collects data from equipment and processes in a factory and shares it internally in real time.
Accurate and fresh information obtained from the system has the effect of detecting problems early and analyzing them logically.
Furthermore, the longer the operation period, the more valuable data is accumulated, and the higher quality countermeasures and improvement cycles can be expected.

MES Is A Tool To Visualize Manufacturing Efficiency And Discover Areas For Further Growth.


Production Line Management


Visualization Of Skills


Visualization Of Production Time


Leveling Of Operations

Knowing The Current Conditions Of The Manufacturing Site,
We Can Speedily Improve Issues.

By always knowing current information, it becomes easier to grasp the status of machine operation and non-operation, reducing unreasonableness and waste that were previously unnoticed. By making decisions based on the data, it is possible to extract accurate points for improvement, leading to speedy improvement of issues in a short cycle.

Accurate, Flat, Shared Data
Enables Rational Decision Making.

The same common data can be checked from the different perspectives of the work site, managers, and management. By having a common understanding with flat information extracted in real time, rather than information that contains the interpretation of each on-site person, managers and executives will be able to make accurate decisions.

Paperless To Reduce Paper Resources
Improving Errors, Costs, And Delays.

Going paperless not only reduces the use of paper resources, but also dramatically speeds up the time it takes to compile information. In addition, real-time aggregation of information on errors and delays will allow for on-the-spot responses and improvements, which will greatly contribute to cost control.

#03 Versatile Functions And Traceability

Production Progress Management

Production Plan
Production Lot
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IB-Mes Example Of Screen Display

IB-Mes 画面
IB-Mes 画面
List Of Work Area Staus

You can see at a glance what equipment is currently producing and at what time it is scheduled to finish. In addition, by displaying the operating status in different colors, it is possible to grasp the status of the entire factory at a glance.

List Of Production Items

The system instructs operators to plan the production schedule for each production equipment: when, where, what, and how much to produce. It is also possible to check the actual results after production work. The system supports decision-making for work changes.

Production Instruction

Check process deadlines and work hours. By digitizing work instructions, they can be viewed immediately on a monitor. In addition, by inputting work details in real time, the status of the work site can be shared at the factory.

Work Change

It is possible to flexibly respond to changes in work, such as changes in the order in which work is started, the number of instructions, or transfers to production facilities or the next or subsequent production day.

Inventory List

Supports the reduction of excess inventory by monitoring the inventory status of materials, semi-finished products, and finished products in real time.

Quality Management

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IB-Mes Example Of Screen Display

IB-Mes 画面
IB-Mes 画面
Inspection Input

Real-time input of inspection reports by operators reduces work time by reducing clerical work.

Defect Input

Defects can be registered simply by selecting the phenomenon and the part, without burdening the operator. Defect information and corrective actions can be registered and used to analyze the causes of defects.

Inspection And Defect History

Check a list of when defects occurred and what inspections were performed. By using analysis tools to identify defective items, etc., the system can be used to improve the moving rate and reduce manufacturing costs.

Master Management

Defects, inspection reports, etc. can also be added/edited/deleted in the system.

Facility Management

Operational Monitoring
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IB-Mes Example of screen display

IB-Mes 画面
Data Collection

Automatic collection of workpiece signals and stop signals reduces the man-hours required for operator input.

Production Condition History

Records manufacturing conditions and manufacturing process data values at the start of production to help prevent unwanted defects from occurring.

Facility Stop History

Check a list of when and why equipment was stopped. By registering the reason for the stoppage against the equipment stoppage time, it supports the analysis of the cause of the stoppage. In addition, by using the time division function, more detailed analysis can be supported, helping to improve the mobility rate and reduce manufacturing costs.

Facility Maintenance (※ optional)

It automatically acquires signals such as temperature, voltage, and rotation speed, and alerts you when they exceed a set threshold. The acquired data can be viewed in a list or graph in a timely manner. It is also possible to view data summarized by day, month, year, etc. in a graph.
※ Data that cannot be acquired from equipment can be handled by using external sensors.

Labor Management

Man-Hour Of Direct Work
Man-Hour Of Indirect Work
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IB-Mes Example Of Screen Display

IB-Mes 画面
Start And End Of Work

Records and manages who did how much work in which work area

Indirect Work Registration

Enter and manage information on ancillary work not related to production, such as meetings and 5S. The system is used to improve ancillary operations so that cycle time and tact time are equal.

Work History

Work information can be checked as a history to support analysis and improvement of operations. Information on ancillary work that is of particular concern is displayed on the same screen as summary data. The work history of each work area and each worker can be checked at a glance.

Editing Work Result

You can add, edit, and delete work records.

Analysis Tool


Quickly and concisely analyze the current conditions of the manufacturing floor.

By conducting a multifaceted analysis of the collected data, it is possible to quickly and accurately identify problems and make effective improvements. By having management, managers, leaders, and workers share and analyze the same information, it can be used to improve future production activities, improvement activities, factory operation rates, and quality management.

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IB-Mes Analysis Tool Composite Screen

IB-Mes 分析ツール複合画面
By combining the collected data and using it in histograms and correlation charts using Six Sigma and other methods, it is possible to conduct multifaceted analysis to improve problems and increase productivity.
IB-Mes 分析ツール複合画面
No complicated operations or detailed settings required!
Just select the diagram you want to display and click the Save button to start analyzing it immediately.
Create Analysis Screens With Any Layout

You can freely select, size, and arrange the lists and charts you want to display. You can also display multiple charts side-by-side to analyze the relationship between them.
In addition, the information you want to display can be arranged with a simple operation of selecting whether to display it as a list or a chart. There is no need to make detailed settings for the chart itself, and you can easily create a screen for multifaceted analysis, which is usually difficult.
Furthermore, the screen is created in a responsive manner, so even if you are analyzing on a device with a small display, you can comfortably analyze without losing the layout.

Grouping Of Analysis Screens

The created analysis screens can be organized into groups, so they can be displayed in the unit you want to use, such as by department or by factory.

Individual Access Permission Settings

By setting a user ID and password when creating a screen, access permissions can be set for each screen. We can also respond to such requests as "I want to restrict this screen to be used only by a specific department...".

Simple Analysis Tool Function: Work Area Analysis

Work area utilization rate list
The operation rate for each work area is displayed as a list or line graph on a daily basis. By analyzing both the daily operating rate and the reasons for equipment stoppages, you can discover equipment problems and analyze the causes of low operating rate work zones.
Worst operating rate
The operating rate of the work area is listed in the order of worst to worst. Since specific operating hours, production hours, and movement rates are displayed in the order of worst to worst, it is easy to prioritize improvements and efficiently improve production efficiency.
Display of equipment stop reason
It displays the stoppage time and ratio for each reason for stopping equipment in a list or Pareto chart. The causes of equipment stoppages can be visualized, making it easy to make improvements. It is also possible to analyze the trend of equipment that is prone to stoppages, and to analyze the relationship by displaying the operating rate and defect rate.

Simple Analysis Tool Function: Run Rate Analysis

Run rate display
Run rate displays production results per hour. You can check the target, maximum, minimum, average, and difference in detail for each item, each production day, and each production hour, allowing you to pinpoint and analyze the areas of concern. In addition, the planned run rate for each number of workers and the workers who actually performed the work can also be displayed, which can be useful for production planning.

Simple Analysis Tool Function: Defect Analysis

Display of defect rate
The defect rate for each work area is displayed as a list or line graph. Since the work area where defects are most likely to occur can be identified at a glance, immediate countermeasures can be easily taken and improvements can be made smoothly.
Display of defect phenomenon
Displays a list or Pareto chart of defective phenomena for each work area. By analyzing the trend of defective phenomena, it becomes easier to identify the cause
Display of defect part
The defective areas are displayed in a list or Pareto chart for each work area. From the defective areas, it is also useful to identify the causes of defects that are difficult to find, such as quirks of the equipment or work processes that need attention.
Display of defect items
For each work area, items with many defects are displayed in a list or Pareto chart. It is possible to see at a glance which items are prone to defects, and analyze them together with defective phenomena and defective parts to help in quality improvement activities.
Display of worst defect rate
The list is displayed in order of the work area with the highest defect rate. Since the areas that need to be improved on a priority basis become clearer, the areas can be identified, which can greatly improve quality and reduce costs.

Simple Analysis Tool Function: Man-Hour Analysis

Display of worker operational rate
Displays the ratio of direct and incidental man-hours of workers in a list or pie chart. By visualizing the ratio of total man-hours, the system helps you decide whether you should improve the work process or cut down on incidental work in order to improve production efficiency. In addition, since work hours and ratios are displayed for each worker, it is also possible to identify workers with a lot of ancillary work and make individual improvements.



Multifaceted Traceability Such As Cause Analysis, Effect Analysis, And Change Point Is Possible

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Traceback (cause analysis)

By setting up a lot, it is possible to accurately identify the scope of influence when a product defect occurs, minimize damage, and respond to inquiries promptly.

Trace Forward (impact analysis)

Trace forward (impact analysis) to identify products with problematic parts or raw materials to prevent defective shipments and support quality improvement.

Change Point Traceability

It is possible to track what happened during the production of a part or product in a chronological order across all events. It supports root cause analysis, such as whether a change in manufacturing conditions was the cause, or whether the cause was the work done after the equipment stopped.

❶ Production Lot History List Screen

IB-Mes ロット履歴の一覧画面

For each production lot, you can check a list of performance information such as lot number, production date and time, and actual loading capacity.

❷ Production Lot Trace (traceback) Screen

IB-Mes ロットトレース(トレースバック)画面

Based on the lot records of the product to be investigated, it is possible to trace back the materials and parts that were used.
This allows us to analyze the cause of the problem.

❸ Production Lot Trace (trace forward) Screen

IB-Mes ロットトレース(トレースフォワード)画面

From the materials and parts used, it is possible to view the lot performance of the products produced. This allows us to analyze the impact on the products produced.

Wide Range Of Customization And Optional Features

Facility Maintenance

The system notifies the user when to replace equipment and parts based on the operating hours and number of shots, enabling not only equipment maintenance, but also more accurate inspection and parts replacement.

Facility Monitoring

Cameras are installed to analyze video of the situation when equipment abnormalities occur. The video can be viewed from a distance, allowing for immediate action.

On-Premises Logistics

The system contributes to the improvement of production efficiency by improving the flow of products and semi-finished products in synchronization with production progress, as well as the preparation of molds and materials. Optimal instructions can be realized, leading to a reduction in on-premises logistics costs.

Cloud Linkage

Various cloud services allow you to link manufacturing execution data and equipment data for cross-sectional analysis. Powerful BI tools can be used to create graphs, issue reports, and utilize machine learning to expand the scope of data utilization.


Data will always be visible on the andon. Grasp the status of the manufacturing site in real time with a free layout. The system is also equipped with a web output function and linkage to external systems, making it possible to show you data you want to see anytime with a full range of functions.

#04 Configuration Example Of A Typical Data Collection Facility

When IB-Mes collects data from equipment and processes at a manufacturing site, the following configuration is common.
In the case of automatic equipment (machines), data is acquired from the data communication function of the model or from the PLC or OPC-UA of each company.
In the case of equipment that does not have a communication function, a clamp can be installed on the control panel.
In addition, data acquisition for manual processes such as product inspection is performed by connecting to various input devices.

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#05 Trial Introduction From A Single Unit Of Equipment

Start with a trial. You can try out all the functions for one piece of equipment.

Even if you are thinking, "We may not be able to handle this because of the various processes involved," please contact us.
The IB-Mes has been developed with a wide variety of processes in mind, such as manual, clamping, PLC, etc.,
and has been installed in a variety of automated, manual, and inspection processes, both old and new.

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Conductiong Interviews

Check the target equipment and data to be collected.

Preliminary Investigation

Check the installation
of the clamp sensor.

On-Site Verification

that data can be obtained.

Terminal Installation

Operational Verification.

Five Advantages Of Trial Implementation

  • Perfect for a small start.
    Stand-alone operation allows for easy installation.
  • Visualization of equipment data.
    You can verify that the data actually acquired from the clamp sensor and PLC can be utilized.
  • You can actually see if IB-Mes is right for you.
    By actually using the system, you can get a clearer picture of how it will work.
  • Smooth launch of full-scale operations.
    The master data created in the trial can be used without modification.
  • Special discount from the cost of the official operation.
    By discounting the trial cost at the time of official operation, the trial portion is effectively free.
#06 A System That Can Be Flexibly Deployed Horizontally

IB-Mes can be introduced on a trial basis with a minimum of equipment, and then gradually introduced into the system starting with the most important processes. While gradually establishing the operation, the system can be flexibly expanded to other processes and factories.

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#07 Support For Subsidies And Tax Measures

You can apply for subsidies, grants, and tax breaks for the implementation of IB-Mes.
Our partner consultants will propose the most suitable subsidies and grants, and support you in applying for them.

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Supplement: Subsidy application
Support policy Subsidy for manufacturingIT introduction subsidy
Type AType B
Upper limit of subsidy10 million yen 1.5 million yen 4.5 million yen
Subsidy rateSmall business operator:2/3
Other operators:1/2
Requirement①Total salary paid: +1.5% or more/year
Requirement②Minimum wage in the workplace: Minimum wage by region + 30 yen
Requirement③Amount of added value : +3% or more/year  
※ This is based on the 2020 application guidelines.
Supplement:Use of tax measures
Investment-promoting taxes for small and medium enterprises

Special amortization

30% of acquisition price

Tax exemption

Capital of 30 million yen or less
7% of acquisition price
  • Investment-promoting taxes for small and medium enterprises is a measure that allows small and medium-sized businesses
    to receive special depreciation (30%) or tax credit (7%)*for equipment investment
  • In order to continue to encourage equipment investment by small and medium-sized enterprises, the deadline for application of this tax measure will be extended for two years.
Overview(applicable until the end of 2020)
Target group
  • Small and medium-sized enterprises, etc. (corporations with capital of 100 million yen or less, agricultural cooperatives, etc.)
  • Independent business owners with 1,000 or fewer employees
Target industry Manufacturing, construction, agriculture, forestry, fishery, aquaculture, mining, wholesaling, road freight transportation, warehousing, harbor transportation, gas, retail, restaurants and other eating and drinking establishments (excluding restaurants, bars, cabarets, nightclubs, and other similar businesses).
general passenger automobile transportation, marine transportation and coastal transportation, coastal shipping and chartering, travel agency, package delivery, postal service, telecommunications, non-life insurance agency, and service businesses (excluding entertainment businesses other than goods rental and movie businesses).
Travel agency, package delivery, postal service, telecommunications, non-life insurance agency, and service businesses (excluding entertainment businesses other than goods rental and movie businesses).
*Excluding businesses that fall under the category of sex-related special businesses.
Target facility
  • Machinery and equipment [1.6 million or more per unit
  • Measuring and inspection tools [1,200,000 or more per unit, 300,000 or more per unit and 1,200,000 or more total for multiple units].
  • Certain software [700,000 or more for one software, 700,000 or more total for multiple software].
    ※ Excludes originals to be copied and sold, those for development and research, and certain server operating systems.
  • Cargo vehicles (gross vehicle weight over 3.5 tons)
  • Domestic vessels (75% of the acquisition price is covered)Domestic vessels (75% of the acquisition price is covered)
Details of measures Sole proprietor
Small and medium-sized companies with capital of 30 million or less 30% special depreciation or 7% tax credit
Small and medium-sized companies with capital over 30 million 30% special depreciation
#08 Case Studies And Factory Tours

We also offer custom-made systems and factory tours for companies that have installed IB-Mes.

Example Of System Introduction #01
Ono Knife MFG. Co., Ltd.

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