What You Need to Know About SAP xMII to Enable Adaptive Manufacturing

  • by Mo Ghanem, Manager, xMII Field Enablement and Consulting Services, SAP Labs
  • November 1, 2006
Learn about SAP xApp Manufacturing Integration and Intelligence (xMII) and see how you can use it to improve your manufacturing processes. Through several real-world examples, see how xMII helps your operation monitoring and control, quality management, and manufacturing synchronization. Then, take a look at the technology behind xMII.
Key Concept
SAP xApp Manufacturing Integration and Intelligence (xMII) integrates with manufacturing systems and mySAP ERP Central Component or R/3 to connect the operation level and enterprise data. This allows you to monitor your operations and resolve manufacturing exceptions in real time.
A typical manufacturing plant has between 10 and 50 shop floor automation systems, while a multi-site manufacturer has between 80 and 800 shop floor automation systems across its enterprise. These systems most likely are from vendors with different architecture and connectivity mechanisms.

This system disparity creates the fundamental problem facing manufacturers today — lack of visibility to information and synchronization across their manufacturing operations. Very few manufacturers automatically integrate their plant data into their ERP system. The disconnect between the shop floor and the ERP system costs millions of dollars through waste, rejects, and re-orders.

SAP xApp Manufacturing Integration and Intelligence (xMII) enables production personnel to detect and resolve schedule, material, machine, labor, and quality issues proactively. I’ll explain how xMII fits into the adaptive manufacturing concept to connect the various layers in a manufacturing systems landscape and provide some real-world examples. To read about the manufacturing layers that xMII brings together, see the sidebar, “The Manufacturing Information Systems Landscape.” Refer to the sidebar, “xMII Installation Prerequisites,” for what you should have in place before you install xMII. In my next article, I’ll detail how to implement xMII.

Mo Ghanem

Mo Ghanem is a consulting and field enablement manager for xMII with SAP Manufacturing. He has 10 years of experience in project management implementation, manufacturing synchronization, and business process optimization technologies. He came to SAP with the Lighthammer acquisition; at Lighthammer he managed professional services and implementations. Throughout his career, Mo has helped customers leverage best-of-breed and top- tier products to enhance their businesses and improve productivity.

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