Operational excellence is the key to business success. And at the heart of operational excellence is the real “thing”, Manufacturing Systems. Mastering the shop floor control is a key concern for plants and other production facilities.
But production shop floor management is never as straightforward in real life as it is on paper. From materials management and machine breakdowns to sick calls and on-the-job injuries, there are countless variables that impact the output, speed, and overall efficiency of a working factory.
SAP MII might not be the most widely used SAP product, but it is one of the key components in the area of digital transformation and Industry 4.0. In this article, the first in the series, I will explain what SAP MII is and help you determine if it is suitable for your manufacturing processes.
SAP MII is the solution developed and placed into the market by SAP to help manufacturing companies dramatically improve their manufacturing processes and performance.
An integration system like SAP MII is the main component on the shopfloor, helping you to address the challenges of manufacturing processes, by combining real-time data collection with centralized control, coordination, planning and automation of all participating production processes. SAP MII is the most important part of the SAP Manufacturing Suite and is the market-leading manufacturing integration system.
SAP MII helps you to link your manufacturing processes with business operations, reduce maintenance and investment costs, increase operator and machine/equipment efficiency, and clearly analyze weak processes and problems in your supply chain.
As an innovative solution designed specifically to support also Manufacturing Execution Systems (MES –> SAP ME), SAP MII collects data from your shopfloor operations without the need for plant floor engineering services. It gives your decision makers a single view of KPIs (Key Performance Indicators) by delivering real-time information across multiple levels of your operations—from the shop floor, through to the enterprise all the way to suppliers and customers. SAP MII can also help you extend MES capabilities without high up-front investments or significant changes in your existing ERP (Enterprise Resource Planning) system.
Using SAP MII, data from a wide range of systems can be integrated and combined with data from other business systems. This integration provides deep insights into the measures from SAP ERP down to the shop floor, and across shop floor operations and applications. These insights aid in decision making regarding equipment usage and shifting production priorities and also ensures necessary actions to be executed automatically or manually.
Integration, connectivity, and most important, context-sensitive production information are the keys to successful Industry 4.0 initiatives. SAP MII is the perfect solution to integrate various applications, equipment and sensors and connect that information to shop floor personnel. SAP MII natively integrates the shop floor with your SAP ERP business systems in real-time, among others, with SAP EWM, SAP PP, SAP QM, SAP PM, SAP EWM/MFS, SAP ME and SAP PI. Besides integration capabilities with 3rd-Party solutions (Non-SAP), SAP MII provides services to structure, distribute and provide context to manufacturing data through data collection/integration, dashboarding and analytics capabilities. Dashboarding and analytics enable manufacturing personnel to visualize and leverage accurate and timely data for critical decision-making.
SAP MII solutions become the central component and orchestrator for data-driven, evidence-based decision making. SAP MII extracts and processes data from all critical business systems and displays integrated data to key stakeholders and decision makers. For instance, SAP MII can be used to view, collect, measure, and compare the performance of plants and assets with different automation system infrastructures. To enable more valuable information, SAP PCo (SAP Plant Connectivity) can be used to connect shop floor equipment for the purposes of data collection and evaluation.
As an advanced shop floor integration system, SAP MII also assists you with proactive production floor management. Using historical data, managers can establish gold standard parameters for your factory’s unique environment. Your systems can then be programmed to issue alerts when certain parameters fall below expected levels. Data fluctuations indicate there are likely problems in those areas, even if they are still too new to have a measurable impact on production. If your team remains ready to respond as soon as an alert is raised, you can stay one step ahead of most common production problems. Real-time data tracking
provides instant, continuous, and omnipresent visibility into your factory’s operations, no matter what is happening on the floor.
Over time, you see results:
All of these improvements eventually lead to a much higher OEE (Overall Equipment Effectiveness through SAP OEE), arguably the most important of all factory KPIs
MDP Group supports businesses to increase their efficiency in their production processes and supply chain operations with SAP MII & SAP ME experts in different sectors. Time to act; just contact us to increase your efficiency in your production processes!
SAP Manufacturing Solutions Team Lead
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