an authentic product in the desired condition
reaches the intended customer
Impact analysis and response planning:
Optimize strategy selection in response to
quality, safety, or compliance issues to protect
the brand, the customers, and the public
Recall management: Efficiently execute the
reverse logistics processes associated with
recalls and proactively manage all aspects of
the company’s response
This is where SAP comes into the picture,
with its robust global traceability application —
SAP Manufacturing Execution. This application
not only provides global process and product
traceability capabilities, but also manages overall
manufacturing operations and integrates them
with the rest of the enterprise. Let’s review some
of the application’s key features and benefits.
Main Traceability Capabilities
To address a major traceability challenge, companies can configure SAP Manufacturing Execution
with appropriate workflows to collect quality
data at the right time and location in the manufacturing process. The application also features
a product history record that provides documented tracking of a given product that is
being built. In addition, SAP Manufacturing
Nonconformance data. The application records
a product’s quality issues as it moves through
the manufacturing process. This nonconformance data can be used to evaluate potential
issues critical in defining and implementing
best-in-class manufacturing processes.
Assembly data. Assembly data records include
the assembled components, the person who
assembled them, and the location at which
they were assembled. Plus, information like the
vendor that manufactured the component, the
external serial number, or the shop-floor components (SFCs) may be tracked and recorded.
Process data. SAP Manufacturing Execution
gathers process data for SFCs as they move
through a manufacturing process. With this
process data collection, product quality issues
can be easily traced to process problems, and
corrective action can be taken without impacting further product lots.
Manufacturers ultimately achieve process and
product traceability through business process
integration. SAP Manufacturing Execution can
integrate with the following applications, for example, to enable traceability to the engineering unit,
customers, and suppliers across the supply chain.
SAP Manufacturing Integration and Intelligence (SAP MII). Integration with SAP MII
provides complete enterprise visibility since SAP
MII enables a direct connection between shop-floor systems and business operations, linking
enterprise processes and master data with manufacturing processes. The application also features
a real-time analytics engine and capabilities for
delivering information through alerts, reports,
SAP ERP. SAP Manufacturing Execution is
packaged with integration content called SAP ME
ERP Integration (SAPMEINT), which runs on the
SAP MII platform and enables an SAP customer
to integrate SAP Manufacturing Execution into
its existing SAP ERP application for tight, closed-loop production integration and traceability.
SAP Product Lifecycle Management (SAP
PLM). Integrating SAP Manufacturing Execution
with SAP PLM enables companies to trace a product quality issue back to engineering design flaws;
users can identify exactly where the design flaw is
and then take corrective action within the design
process. Seeing this kind of issue ahead of time,
and thus giving the company a time-to-market
advantage, is a benefit of SAP PLM integration.
SAP Supply Chain Management (SAP SCM).
SAP SCM, when integrated with SAP Manufacturing Execution, provides capabilities for tracing
backward and forward to your suppliers, subcontractors, and outsourced manufacturers. SAP SCM
links to information about items coming from
and going to them, providing an end-to-end picture that is critical in this global outsourcing era.
End-to-end traceability is essential to protect your
brand, your customers, and your customer relationships, as well as to increase your profit margin.
To help manufacturers achieve this, SAP continues to enhance its manufacturing solutions and
enable integration with various related offerings.
To learn more, please visit www.sap.com/
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