SAP For Manufacturing – The Facts You Must Know
SAP’s integrated manufacturing solutions can help your enterprise add value to its manufacturing processes. How? Through improved access to information, more effective compilation of manufacturing data and better documentation of processes for change management and regulatory compliance.
Using SAP for manufacturing makes it easy for you to optimize your operations. By aligning them with market demand and monitoring operations to manage process implementation and product quality and volume, you’ll see the improvements you’re after. You gain powerful capabilities by using SAP for manufacturing operations, including:
- The ability to track raw materials and manage your supply chain and inbound logistics.
- Ways to adjust your product inventory and procurement requirements
- Ability to visualize shipping and customer satisfaction data.
SAP’s integrated manufacturing software also meets ISO 9000 and Good Manufacturing Practice criteria.
How SAP Benefits Manufacturing
Through every step in your value chain, your manufacturing operation can be smarter and more effective with role-based data access to support system integration. This helps in granting visibility between plants, locations, partners and enterprises. This also provides an enhanced ability to control and manage quality measures, achieve regulatory compliance and ensure implementation of industry best practices.
When you use SAP for manufacturing, you can tie specific instances and processes to both larger industry trends and to supply and demand data. Predefined processes built into the software can reduce risk exposure — solutions that use SAP for manufacturing benefit from SAP’s experience and knowledge of industry best practices, earned through thousands of successful solution implementations.
SAP’s manufacturing solutions allow your business to build quality planning into your processes starting with product design. Systematic documentation of product specifications will provide a solid basis for quality planning and help identify criteria for the inspection process. Rigorous planning for product sampling and measurement helps your organization to swiftly implement corrective action when variance increases beyond desired parameters. The resulting increased adherence to quality standards improves customer satisfaction levels. It also reduces the time and resources required to handle customer returns and other warranty and support activities.
Using SAP for manufacturing solutions also makes it possible for you to track the volume and quality of outsourced manufacturing. And you can forecast product demand and changes in demand for product characteristics.
With more accurate product manufacturing data, firmer and quicker commitments become possible. Responsive supply chain management decisions also can be expedited. Using a single integrated manufacturing solution can help you incorporate necessary activities into your process without interruption or unforeseen disruptions to production. In addition, you can:
- Accurately manage your work in progress, however complex.
- Plan maintenance activities for your plant equipment and other assets.
- Build data quality by incorporating RFID, GPS and SMS.
SAP manufacturing software solutions also support enterprise mobile computing. You can empower your employees by giving them secure mobile access to the data they need to make you successful, across a wide variety of mobile devices and platforms. Improve your business agility by empowering your employees to get away from their computers and focus on doing what they do best instead of working on last-century systems.
Finally, SAP’s software solution for manufacturing processes integrates into enterprise resource planning (ERP) software, giving sales and management teams visibility into the manufacturing process, while improving data quality.
This article is by Craig Shaneck, Director of Sales and Marketing at GROM, an SAP solutions provider, which he’s been a part of since 1998. He writes and publishes new articles regularly on the GROM website.