SAP Aligns New Solutions With "Industry 4.0" Innovation to Steer Customers Through Improved Production Process

  SAP Aligns New Solutions With "Industry 4.0" Innovation to Steer Customers
                     Through Improved Production Process

New and Updated Solutions Powered By the SAP HANA® Platform Offer End-to-End
Process Control, Extended Visibility and Efficient Manufacturing Execution

PR Newswire

HANNOVER, Germany, April 8, 2013

HANNOVER, Germany, April 8, 2013 /PRNewswire/ --Underscoring a commitment to
innovating the manufacturing process as part of "Industry 4.0," SAP AG (NYSE:
SAP) today announced new releases of manufacturing solutions and updates for
existing solutions covering engineering, manufacturing and sustainable
operations. The announcement was made at Hannover Messe 2013, being held April
8-12 in Hannover, Germany.

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The manufacturing industry today is facing a technological milestone.
Machines, production facilities and warehousing systems are able to
autonomously exchange information, trigger actions and control each other,
promising huge improvements in the industrial processes involved in
manufacturing, engineering and service. This fourth industrial revolution,
called Industry 4.0, offers the promise of bringing two worlds together —
industrial manufacturing and next-generation IT — to create a new level of
efficiency and effectiveness.

SAP is adapting Industry 4.0 principles through the development of "Idea to
Performance," a holistic business approach to increase product and service
performance. The approach enables full management of a product's entire life
cycle from design to service within distinct scenarios. For example,
"Responsive Manufacturing" delivers end-to-end processes integrating the
plan-to-produce process. Embedded quality and compliance controls enable
manufacturers to address nonconformance through corrective and preventive
actions while simultaneously setting more predictable and shorter cycle times,
helping to both improve asset utilization and support on-time delivery.

"Idea to Performance" incorporates enablement of new and existing solutions by
SAP® Business Suite software powered by the SAP HANA® platform, first
introduced in January 2013. "Responsive Manufacturing" is planned to be
underpinned by offerings powered by SAP HANA, including the SAP® Overall
Equipment Effectiveness Management (SAP OEE Management) application, which is
planned to collect machine data via machine-to-machine (M2M) communication and
transform it into analytical insights; the material requirement planning
capability within the SAP® ERP application, which aims to deliver high-speed
reads for a 50 percent reduction in run time; and the SAP® Product Portfolio
Management application, which is intended to help improve the run time of
critical project management transactions.

"At Elster, we see Industry 4.0 as an opportunity to engage with products that
steer themselves intelligently through the production process and save all
relevant data," said Roland Essmann, project lead MES, Elster GmbH. "SAP is
one of the few IT companies who can cover all relevant processes end-to-end
from R&D, engineering, construction, to sales in one standard system. With SAP
Manufacturing Execution and SAP Manufacturing Integration and Intelligence,
data are well prepared to be transferred to a product and vice versa, and the
solutions are web based, which is important to realize Industry 4.0 as well."

User Experience: Anytime, Anywhere Insight
To improve user experience across all applications, SAP is investing in making
solutions more intuitive and appealing to users. Planned updates include:

  oSAP OEE Management, which aims to enable enterprise-wide production
    analytics comparing assets and performance across multiple sites. This
    enables comparable operations according to unified standards using HTML5
    based, touch enabled cockpit on desktops and on tablets. A shop floor
    dispatching and monitoring tool for SAP, which will enable manufacturing
    production orders to be efficiently and flexibly scheduled on a graphical
    user interface.
  oNew synchronized releases of the SAP® Manufacturing Execution application,
    the SAP® Manufacturing Integration and Intelligence (SAP MII) application
    and SAP® Plant Connectivity software, which will provide efficient
    manufacturing execution and visibility into shop floor operations.

Core Applications: Improving Quality
SAP's focus on Industry 4.0 centers on both new innovation and strategic
updates to core applications, including those available via mobile app,
helping ensure greater efficiency and increase product quality. Updates
include:

  oThe SAP® Quality Issue Management (SAP QIM) application, which is intended
    to complement the quality management capabilities of SAP Business Suite by
    managing quality issues across the entire value chain.
  oThe SAP® ERP Quality Issue mobile app, which enables employees to log a
    quality issue with a mobile device, to create a quality notification, and
    to monitor the resolution process.
  oThe SAP® Complex Manufacturing Accelerator mobile app, which helps
    increase shop floor efficiency for manufacturing across the entire
    process, from issue identification to resolution.

Rapid-Deployment Solutions: Delivering Results Faster
SAP® Rapid Deployment solutions deliver preconfigured software and
implementation services in one package, enabling customers to realize
specialized business benefits within a shortened timeframe while laying the
foundation for future expansion. Updates include:

  oThe SAP® Multiresource Scheduling rapid-deployment solution, a fast way to
    implement a powerful resource planning solution that helps companies
    promptly fulfill service requests from one graphical planning tool.
  oThe SAP® Asset Data Quality rapid-deployment solution, which gives
    customers the ability to assess, validate and continuously monitor the
    quality of their asset master data.
  oThe SAP® Condition-Based Maintenance rapid-deployment solution, which
    allows for the streamlined implementation of a fixed-price, fixed-scope
    offering so customers can quickly begin optimizing a maintenance strategy.

"In today's competitive business environment, there is renewed focus on
manufacturing as a space for innovation and revolution; IT provides
significant potential for business process innovation in manufacturing," said
Kerstin Geiger, senior vice president, Solution Management, Discrete and
Process Industries, SAP. "By investing in predictive analytics and new
technologies to help users in maintenance and after-market service, we are
better able to serve the manufacturing industry as it continues to grow and
evolve."

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