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.
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.
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