Manufacturing companies are facing changing business dynamics, everywhere they look. Customers are not only demanding iindividualized products (market and lot sizes of 1) but they want those products delivered “yesterday”. This is driving manufacturers to have the ability and agility to adapt to variable configurations at the “drop of a hat”. These challenges are compounded by complexity of global manufacturing companies who have multiple locations with significant design and subassembly work outsourced, requiring close collaboration with Original Equipment Manufacturers (OEMs).
Gone are the days of engineering “throwing it over the wall” to manufacturing
To address these challenges, manufacturers need to bridge the gap between engineering and manufacturing. In a large company, it is not uncommon to have thousands of engineers designing new or updating existing products, and equally large numbers working in Manufacturing Engineering making sure that these products can actually be manufactured.
A collaboration across departmental and sometimes company boundaries to synchronize bill of materials and routings
Monitoring of all shop floor operations with automatic issue detection, root cause analysis and decision support
Streamlined operations to manage the work queue
Tracking and tracing of individual parts and part-specific genealogy by shop floor item
Improved working experience that provides all relevant information to ensuring complete data collection
Introducing SAP S/4HANA Manufacturing for production engineering and operations
SAP recently announced SAP S/4HANA Manufacturing for production engineering and operations. This solution combines manufacturing engineering, extended production operations, and complex assembly solutions into a single, powerful, intuitive user experience across production planning and operational business processes.
Here is a quick overview of the capabilities now available:
Production Process Planning
Ability to define production process on operation and operation activity level.
Allocate Bill of Material (BOM) items with 3D visual support in routing creation
Define all production relevant aspects, including tooling, inspection and certification requirements
Create work instructions associated to the BOB that leverage 3D models.
Manufacturing Change Management
Keep Change Record of all manufacturing artifacts in a change cycle in one place
Track version controlled BOM and shop floor routing
Create and display a worklist of new/modified Engineering-BOMs waiting for manufacturing handover
Provide a “Change Impact” Analysis that identifies all objects potentially impacted by a change
Leverage workflows to orchestrate changes between individuals and departments
BOM Management with Visual Enterprise Manufacturing Planner
Enable the handover of engineering structure to manufacturing structure
Support 3D model based visual handover, quantity-based non-visual handover, and hybrid scenarios
Facilitates component allocation to routing operations
Production Order Management
Monitor production process either on order or on operation level
Automatically detects exceptions / issues
Provide contextual information for root cause analysis and decision support
Provide immediate actions in response to operator or system updates
Work Center Queue Management
Lists all operations to be performed at a given work center
Automatically pick the next operation to be started, based on order or operation status and other factors
Actively monitors all in-process operations at the work center
Work Process Definition
Perform and confirm activities on orders or on individual parts (serial numbers)
Enforce execution and actions for reporting activity progress and status
Support integrated visual work instructions
Maintain genealogy and action logs
Benefits of Integrated Engineering and Manufacturing Processes
Manufacturing companies now can minimize production disruptions resulting from changed routings, work instructions, and production orders via proactive use of manufacturing impact analysis while using the latest engineering design and real-time enterprise data. Real-time analytics of comprehensive and time sensitive data results in quicker more accurate decisions. While improved collaboration across engineering and manufacturing result in higher quality, lower total cost of ownership and faster time to market.