FELTEN group provides conceptual weaknesses in current KPI methods previous MES systems contain no business key figures Serrig, 16.11.2010 – production management by means of classical MES systems according to the analyses of the FELTEN Group offers no adequate way to controlling costs. It is on the one hand, that financial data conditionally technically only delay can be provided and on the other hand, the current KPI methods contain no business figures: no economic control possible: the traditional MES concepts are designed so that the software systems for production management get their information from ERP systems. They are not realtime-capable and consequently no timely visibility into material, process and personnel costs provide the person in charge. In this respect lacks continuously on an economically sound basis for decision making, although in production practice often short-term measures to optimize processes to initiate or job-related changes are going to be and these activities can have a great relevance of the cost. In consequence, this means that the conventional kinds of MES systems while increasing the productivity of production processes, can afford because they leave the cost aspects, any contribution to the profitability. Inadequate methods of code: KPI systems to control the processes are increasingly in the production, but it is only key figures dealing with quantities and times. “So about the OEE (overall equipment effectiveness) indicator is based on the three key indicators of availability, efficiency, and quality rate, and the latter expressed in per cent, in relation the amount” in relation to the total amount produced. Business figures, however, are not taken into account in it and a total not found in the practice of production management. Even the recent definition of indicators to the MES systems by the German Institute for Standardization (DIN) in collaboration with the Association of German machine and plant constructors is free of economically-oriented KPIs.