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The MES – Performance course is a 3-day, instructor-led class designed to provide a working knowledge of the features and functionality of Wonderware MES – Performance. The course uses lectures and hands-on labs to provide the knowledge needed to use Wonderware MES/Performance. The class will demonstrate how to configure and deploy a data collection system to analyze and report equipment utilization, availability, quality, and performance using Application Server objects. Both the MES Client and Web Portal will be addressed.

Target Audience

Application developers, engineers, system integrators, consultants, and other individuals who need to use MES/Performance in their manufacturing or other processes.


Knowledge of the following tools, features and technologies is required:

  • Knowledge of Application Server
  • Knowledge of In Touch for System Platform


Classroom, onsite, online

Learning Objectives

Upon completion of this course, you will be able to:

  • Configure and license Middleware connections within a single node or between multiple nodes in a network
  • Model plant equipment (entities) in the MES database
  • Define entity utilization states and reason codes
  • Enable capabilities in the Utilization Capability Object to track Performance Events in a production environment
  • Use objects in a Galaxy to automatically track equipment utilization
  • Manage work orders and jobs within MES
  • Use the Wonderware MES Client and Performance Web Portal to define the information necessary to collect Overall Equipment Efficiency (OEE) data
  • Use MES/Performance as a central downtime information repository and reporting tool
  • Retrieve and report downtime data and analyze OEE
  • Use the MES Galaxy objects to report OEE
  • Use MES .NET controls to access OEE data



Module 1: Introduction

Section 1 – Course Introduction: This section describes the objectives of the course, intended audience, prerequisites, and course agenda. It also includes a description of Wonderware solutions and products.

Section 2 – Wonderware MES/Performance Overview: This section explains the functionality, architecture, and component hierarchy of Wonderware MES/Performance.

Section 3 – Wonderware MES/Performance Components: This section describes the components of the Wonderware MES/Performance architecture.

Section 4 – System Requirements and Licensing: This section describes the hardware recommendations, software requirements, and licensing for Wonderware MES/Performance.

Module 2: Wonderware MES Client and Web Portal

Section 1 – Wonderware MES Client and Web Portal: This section describes the interface of the Wonderware MES Client application and Web Portal.

Section 2 – Security: This section describes the security settings in Wonderware MES Software, including security groups, users, group privileges, and security parameters.

Module 3: Utilization and Entities

Section 1 – Utilization Overview: This section discusses the basic concepts of utilization, as well as the concept of equipment types and associated reasons/states.

Section 2- Entities Overview: This section defines an entity, discusses entity parameters, including capabilities and Identical Job Execs, and addresses user access in both MES Web Portal and MES Client.

Section 3 – Utilization States and Reasons: This section discusses utilization and how to define utilization states and reasons. It also explains utilization groups.

Section 4 – Performance Events: This section discusses how to use Web Portal to add events, edit events, and split/merge events. It also addresses the Auto Refresh feature of Web Portal.

Module 4: OEE and Lines

Section 1 – Line Introduction: This section provides an introduction to lines, including the lines required for performance and quality calculations, and single- and multi-entity lines. The discussion includes explanations of Standard Item, Rate, UOM (unit of measure), and OEE (overall equipment effectiveness). Parent entities are also defined, including how they relate to shifts, as well as items and item classes.

Section 2 – Shifts and Shift Schedules: This section provides an overview of shifts and shift schedules and explains how to create and configure them. It discusses after-hours reporting and parent entities and describes assigning shifts to the parent entity of a line.

Section 3 – Items: This section provides an overview of items and discusses the Product Definition group, which you use to create and configure units of measure, items, and item classes. All of the Product Definition group functions are discussed, including reason codes and reason groups.

Section 4 – Single-Entity Lines: This section provides a discussion of single-entity lines, including entity parameters, such as utilization and OEE, and line parameters for a line, line layout, and line access.

Section 5 – Work Orders: This section provides an overview of work orders and work orders as they relate to jobs.

Module 5: Multi-Entity Lines

Section 1 – Multi-Entity Lines: This section provides a discussion of series equipment, segments, and line and job positions. It also addresses additional parameters for multi-entity lines. These parameters include bottlenecks-automatic versus manual bottleneck modeling and Entity Enabled, production sources (bad and reject), and standard item for a line, including unit of measure conversions.

Section 2 – Parallel Equipment: This section discusses the features of parallel equipment. It covers split jobs, sequence numbers, the Start next sequence option, automatic determination of bottlenecks, reason priorities, and the bottleneck switch.

Module 6: Automating Performance

Section 1 – Modeling Overview: This section provides an overview of manufacturing activity modeling and describes the production model for the simulated manufacturing plant used in this course.

Section 2 – Utilization Capability Object Overview: This section discusses the Utilization Capability Object (UCO) and explains its functionality and usage.

Section 3 – Entity Model Builder: This section discusses the Entity Model Builder and explains how it is used.

Section 4 – Operation Capability Object Overview: This section provides an overview of the production counters and their effect on OEE calculations.

Section 5 – MES Objects in Runtime: This section discusses extra runtime attributes available when using MES objects.

Module 7: Visualization

Section 1 – Visualization Overview: This section describes some of the MES .NET client controls for Wonderware MES/Performance, as well as the basic configuration and settings needed for the controls to function.

Module 8: Reports

Section 1 – ArchestrA Reports: This section describes the steps to generate and view various Downtime Analysis and OEE reports in Wonderware Information Server.

Module 9: Application Maintenance

Section 1 – Middleware Maintenance: This section discusses the tools that are used to configure middleware components.

Section 2 – Database Maintenance: This section discusses the mechanisms that are used to create, back up, and upgrade databases.

Section 3 – Data Back Up: This section designates the tool you should use to back up MES data.

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