Wonderware joins MESA board
Wonderware, a business unit of Invensys Systems Inc., announced the appointment of Claus Abildgren to the board of directors of the Manufacturing Enterprise Solutions Association (MESA) International. Abildgren, who serves as program manager for Wonderware's production and performance management software solutions, will serve as MESA's "board member at large."
MESA is a non-profit organization that promotes the exchange of best practices, strategies and innovations to achieve plant-floor execution excellence. MESA's industry events, symposiums and publications help manufacturers, systems integrators and vendors improve manufacturing operations and manufacturing quality. MESA offers practical solutions using manufacturing execution systems (MES) that include a combination of information, business, manufacturing and supply chain technologies.
Wonderware will facilitate the sharing of best practices from lessons learned throughout the last decade. As board member at large, Abildgren will support MESA's goal of delivering technical strategies and knowledge to promote more effective implementations of MES, in which there is recent resurgence in interest due to demand from manufacturers. The overall business driver behind the surge in demand for enterprise integration is to increase operational performance — typically across multiple sites.
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