This medical device company wants to create a digital foundation to build better products, do this faster and reduce cost. The company decided to start an Order to Cash (O2C) – Plan to Finish Goods (P2FG) program, using SAP ME.
The O2C-P2FG implements a way of working that is lean and agile; eliminates non-value added activities and automates those that are still required, enabling real time decision making and delivering a consistent high value experience to the company’s customers.
The goal of the P2FG program is to achieve best in class performance now and in the future taking into consideration the business requirements and their corresponding mapping within manufacturing plants.
The strategic objectives of P2FG delivery are defined as follow:
1. Increase quality of deliverables ≥ 99%, with no compromise on HIPAA, FDA (and/or GAMP);
2. Reduce delivery time up to 50% on global delivery program;
3. Decrease cost with at least 30%.
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Following a traditional MES (Manufacturing Execution System) approach, the requirements were written down to capture the functional requirements. Next the (Manufacturing) IT technical team designs the requirements in the application and infrastructure landscape and identifies which processes are affected by it. Potentially, the automation team gets involved to determine how and which additional applications, hardware or data might be required on the machine level. At the end plenty of different design and specification documents, provided by different groups of people, which are more or less consistent with each other are produced. This is than translated in a so called template.
The challenge is that just as the documents, the template leaves a lot of room for interpretation, in particular, due to the different groups involved are not speaking the same “language”. The picture below gives a perspective of the different kind of static documents involved in such a P2FG-MES project.
Ultimately the global deployment to multiple plants leads to higher cost, project over time and in some cases even go live is put on hold as the process quality is not met.
The unique Smart Industrial Transformation approach and Models4Insight holistic modelling platform allows to create and manage digital representations of the plant with regards to the O2C – P2FG transformation taking into account the current situation and the ‘To – Be’ SAP ME situation. This makes it possible to create a dynamic, model based MES template to manage the process and application lifecycle.
The Smart Industrial Transformation Approach is based on using models for all user groups throughout the complete transformation process providing the right level of information to the right people at the right time.
The approach uses models to describe the different constituents ranging from strategic goals down to the shopfloor infrastructure and physical assets.
This approach allows to connect the different dimensions of, Users, Processes, Applications, Physical assets, Infrastructures and Data.
“Language” problems are directly identified during the planning of the transformation instead of during deployment phase in the traditional approach.
The figure below shows how the different dimensions created using the Smart Industrial approach are related with each other and therefore describe a holistic picture of the transformation.
These models are maintained during the complete life cycle of the transformation. This way deviations from the planning can be represented in the model and the model can be used to identify other parts effected by these changes. This impact analysis will directly point at conflicts with the design of other groups of people and enables efficient communication of changes and their effect.
In the Smart Industrial Transformation Approach models are used in a specific way:
• Scenarios are modelled from different point of views like e.g. for a manufacturing process: the physical object view, the machine view, the operator view and the process engineer view. These four views together describe the actual process best.
• Scenarios are modelled in the most detailed way and semi-automatically derive higher level views, thus views with lesser detail. These different views with varying level of detail are required for different groups of people. A manager just wants to see the high level picture, while a process engineer wants to see all details. By deriving the higher level views we ensure that the different levels of details are consistent with each other.
Now it is possible to visualize and have interactive stakeholder involvement providing right level of information at the right time.
Stakeholders are able to visualize the ‘As-Is’ and the ‘To-Be’ situation, and do scenario play and impact analysis to manage process and application migration
Our assessment framework is uniquely tailored for Industry 4.0, Industrial Internet of Things, and Digital transformation. It is supported by a Smart Industrial Transformation approach, based on holistic modelling.
By using our unique Smart Industrial Transformation deployment framework we make sure that your deployment will be better, smarter and faster.
It is the only solution that is able to integrate and digitize the different dimensions of, Users, Suppliers and Customers, Processes, Applications, Physical assets, Infrastructures and Data, needed for best in class transformation deployments.
The basis is the ability to create digitized templates, which brings your templates alive and enables you to constantly control, manage the uncertainty and have maximal agility during your deployment journey.
The digitized transformation template is typically used to manage the deployment of:
Global (MES) applications;
IT-OT architecture in general as well as more specifically RAMI 4.0 (Reference Architecture Model Industrie 4.0);
Digitized System Architecture Transformation – Architecture and application deployment of OEM machines;
Our Smart Industrial Transformation based roadmap framework is a holistic modelled framework uniquely tailored for Industry 4.0, Industrial Internet of Things and Digital transformation.
It is the only solution that brings alive your roadmap by digitizing it. With this you are in constant control, able to manage the uncertainty and have maximal agility during the journey.
The roadmap framework is typically used to get insight and input:
• To align Users, Suppliers and Customers, Processes, Applications, Physical assets, Infrastructures and Data dimensions;
• To understand the impact and execution of your roadmap items;
• for insight on impacts of roadmap items;
• for your IT-OT (Information Technology – Operational Technology) Architecture;
• for roadmap agility;
By using our unique Smart Industrial Transformation architecture framework we make sure that your architecture will be at the life cycle management level to meet Industry 4.0. IIoT (Industrial Internet of Things) and Digital transformation requirements
It is the only solution that is able to integrate and digitize the different dimensions of, Users, Suppliers and Customers, Processes, Applications, Physical assets, Infrastructures and Data, needed for Industry 4.0 architecture. This brings your architecture alive, enabling you to constantly control, manage the uncertainty and have maximal agility during your transformation journey.
The architecture framework is typically used to design and manage:
IT-OT architecture in general, incl. impact analysis;
Specific RAMI 4.0 (Reference Architecture Model Industrie 4.0);
Digitized System Architecture Transformation – Architecture and application redesign of OEM machines;
Smart Manufacturing (data) architecture with advanced analytics capabilities;
We offer modelling services to be able to create digital formal models (digital twins) for Industry 4.0, II0T and Digital transformation. Those models are digital representations covering processes, applications, infrastructures, physical assets and contextualized data.
The modelling is based on de ArchiMate architecture language using our Models4Insight™, IP based Modelling & Insight solution platform, It enables you to design, create, enhance, manage, store and retrieve digitized integrated models giving a formal digital representation making you in control of your Industry 4.0, IIoT and Digital Transformation journey. It is offered as a free public version or private subscription based service.
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