New SAP Digital Manufacturing Cloud extends and complements digital manufacturing line of on-premise solutions

SAP SE released this week SAP Digital Manufacturing Cloud, a new solution to help companies optimize performance, elevate production quality and efficiency, and ensure worker safety. Drawing on SAP’s expertise in the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT), predictive analytics and supply networks, the solution enables manufacturers to deploy Industry 4.0 technologies in the cloud.

SAP Digital Manufacturing Cloud includes SAP Digital Manufacturing Cloud for execution. Industry 4.0-enabled shop floor solution features “lot size one” and paperless production capabilities. It integrates business systems with the shop floor, allowing for complete component and material-level visibility for single and global installations.

It also includes SAP Digital Manufacturing Cloud for insights that delivers centralized, data-driven performance management enables key stakeholders to achieve best-in-class manufacturing performance and operations. Its predictive quality helps manufacturers gain valuable insights to conform to specifications across processes and streamline quality management. It also allows manufacturers to apply predictive algorithms that can reduce losses from defects, deficiencies or variations, and recommend corrective actions.

The new Digital Manufacturing Cloud also includes a manufacturing network that provides a cloud-based collaborative platform integrated with SAP Ariba solutions connecting customers with manufacturing service providers, such as suppliers of 3D and computer numerical control (CNC) printing services, material providers, original equipment manufacturers (OEM) and technical certification companies.

The cloud solution extends and complements the digital manufacturing portfolio of on-premise solutions from SAP and is available in different bundles to serve manufacturers of varying sizes in both discrete and process industries and roles within their respective organizations.

SAP customers can choose from the SAP Digital Manufacturing Cloud solution for execution, which provides all solutions in the manufacturing cloud portfolio, or the SAP Digital Manufacturing Cloud solution for insights, which focuses on performance management and predictive quality.

“Manufacturers in the era of Industry 4.0 require solutions that are intelligent, networked and predictive,” said Bernd Leukert, Member of the Executive Board of SAP SE, Products & Innovation. “Our manufacturing cloud solutions help customers take advantage of the Industrial Internet of Things by connecting equipment, people and operations across the extended digital supply chain and tightly integrating manufacturing with business operations.”

Also at Hannover Messe 2018, SAP announced SAP Connected Worker Safety, a solution designed to reduce risks, costs and protect employees. Information from wearables and other sensor-enabled equipment can help companies react immediately to a hazardous situation or incident while proactively managing worker fatigue and other hazard inducers. Real-time information allows monitoring of compliance at all times against regulatory and other parameters.

SAP Connected Worker Safety was developed in a co-innovation project for the transportation industry between SAP and NTT in Japan. Key prerequisites to the new solution are IoT sensors collecting data in working environments on both workers–e. g. their heart rates and body temperature–and the environment, such as air quality, temperature, light, and noise. Based on the sensors, the application also raises alarms on incidents, e.g. falls, injuries, dehydration, or fatigue.

The prominent pain point when it comes to IoT scenarios within worker safety has always been that users had to rely on different platforms to monitor the data from various devices by different manufacturers.

This problem has finally been solved by SAP Connected Worker Safety through the introduction of a generic platform that connects all data, wearables, and other IoT devices to be monitored by safety experts in one dashboard.

Availability of the solutions is expected by the end of the second quarter of this year.


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