The benefits of automated, digitalised production processes as proposed by Industry 4.0 become particularly evident in discrete manufacturing contexts, as long as you deploy the right solutions. SAP Manufacturing Execution (SAP ME) is a web-based Manufacturing Execution System (MES) that forms part of the SAP Digital Manufacturing Suite. It is a production management system that focuses on the execution of production and related processes. As such, it is a key element of an overall digitalisation strategy.
Tasks and functions of SAP ME
The range of tasks performed by SAP ME, including as part of a digital factory, is broad. It comprises the following functions:
- Time management
- Product history for traceability and information
- Shift management
- Technical change management
- Working hours management and Labour Charge Codes (LCC)
- Inspection and testing systems
- WIP reporting
- ERP integration
- Non-conformance management
- Recipe management
- Electronic SOPs
- Dashboards and message boards
- KPI management (OEE, etc.)
- Tool and equipment management
- Statistical Process Control (SPC)
- Integration of machine data via SAP Plant Connectivity (SAP PCo)
- Employee qualification
- Process data capture
- Plant monitoring
SAP Manufacturing Execution: integrated with the SAP ecosystem
The functions in SAP ME are highly integrated with the SAP ERP modules. By bringing together production data and business data, companies can maximise the benefit from the functions of both solutions. The following components are optimised for vertical and horizontal integration of SAP Manufacturing Execution:
SAP Enterprise Resource Planning
SAP Extended Warehouse Management
SAP Production Engineering & Operation
SAP Resource Orchestration
What are the benefits of SAP ME?
SAP ME can be integrated in mixed production landscapes.
SAP ME reveals potential and helps make sustainable improvements to productivity.
By combining all of the relevant data, fact-based decisions can be reached quickly.
Glass production halls show up current weaknesses in processes. When these are corrected, product quality improves and scrap rates fall.
SAP ME can provide access to production data and product histories from connected sites around the world. This means that the entire company can benefit from new information.
Central source of information
When customers need detailed information about the product batch that has been supplied to them, SAP ME allows manufacturers to access the relevant data quickly, in full, worldwide.
SAP ME: Examples
SAP ME is a key driver for fully digitalised manufacturing in line with Industry 4.0 and the basis for many different shop-floor innovations. Here are two examples:
By digitalising the shop floor and thereby increasing transparency, all data can be retrieved easily, around the clock. Documentation, forms and other papers can be called up and viewed at any location, simply by touching a screen or clicking a mouse. This saves both paper and time, which in turn means lower costs. It is a portal to the digital industrial era.
In addition to demanding customer requirements, manufacturers in the mechanical engineering industry are increasingly facing the challenge of complex products. The integration of SAP ME and SAP ERP via purpose-built interfaces enables even complex, specialist processes to be standardised. This means greater efficiency thanks to the automation of process controls that were previously done by hand.
Syntax – your partner for SAP ME
Production control and management with SAP ME offers a massive potential for optimising all aspects of discrete manufacturing. From simple workshop-based production to complex assembly processes in a job-based, diverse manufacturing operation. Companies that want to take full advantage of SAP ME need an experienced partner with expertise that extends beyond simple technical implementations. SAP ME only reveals its true potential when it is integrated with components in the existing ERP landscape and additional production systems such as SAP MII.
Thanks to our company’s history, industrial manufacturing is an integral part of the Syntax DNA. We understand the requirements and mechanisms of the sector and, as an SAP partner from the very beginning, we can develop custom solutions together with our customers. We are a full service provider, which means you get all the services you need from a single source, from planning to implementation, plus consulting, hosting and ongoing operation with our Application Management Services. We will guide you through the important steps on your route to digitalised manufacturing.
FAQ: SAP ME
What is SAP ME?
SAP Manufacturing Execution (SAP ME) is a web-based Manufacturing Execution System (MES) that is used to implement digital versions of your production and production-related processes on the shop floor, and to execute them and configure them completely automatically. The SAP Digital Manufacturing Suite is made up from SAP ME together with SAP Manufacturing Integration and Intelligence (MII) and the SAP Digital Manufacturing Cloud (DMC). It integrates the production data collected from SAP ME with existing business and ERP information to achieve the maximum efficiencies from it in this context.