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Responsive Manufacturing Solutions

Improve operational efficiency

Embrace all aspects of design, manufacturing, and post production operations with responsive manufacturing software from SAP. With real-time visibility and transparency, you can optimize operations, collaborate with global manufacturing and supply chain networks, and lower overall costs. Through integrated automation, your business can support machine-to-machine communication, implement Industry 4.0 manufacturing solutions, and connect with the Internet of Things in the cloud.

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Solution Capabilities

Included Capabilities

Production Planning

Shorten lead times at low cost with responsive production planning

Use responsive production planning, critical in today’s dynamic business environment where customers increasingly seek shorter lead times and companies have to respond at lowest cost – with SAP solutions. Enable fast and responsive production planning scenarios closely linked to manufacturing execution. Increase your visibility to manufacturing capacity, and react to changes on the plant floor more efficiently to maintain quality products and customer service, while decreasing costs.

Manufacturing Execution for Discrete Industries

Improve efficiency through execution and continuous control

Increase throughput, make cycle times shorter and more predictable, and reduce work in process with SAP software for manufacturing execution. Automated data collection enables complete as-built records, and embedded quality and compliance controls help manage exceptions and address nonconformance. By integrating manufacturing execution processes and enabling real-time data access across the product lifecycle, you can increase visibility and optimize operational efficiency.

Production Warehouse

Improve your enterprise productivity with efficient production and process material flow

Improve your visibility and optimize enterprise material movements between warehousing and production operations through synchronized material flow with SAP software for production warehouses. Stage materials that are required for production and process operations in production supply areas in timely and required quantities, to support efficient consumption during the production process cycle. Improve your enterprise productivity, supporting agile manufacturing principles.

Quality Operations

High-quality operations that reduce costs and increase efficiency

With SAP software, you can improve your entire quality inspection process. Real-time access to integrated quality-related data from across your supply chain supports proactive responses to new quality requirements. This improves product consistency; speeds inspections and issue processing; and reduces defects, scrap, and rework. You can standardize processes – whether in the lab or on the shop floor – reducing operational costs while you continue to meet changing customer expectations.

Quality Planning and Control

Quality products – right from the beginning

SAP software supports a total quality management approach that includes closed-loop quality planning, execution, improvement, and collaboration. Tight integration of advanced quality planning capabilities across multiple applications allows you to rapidly react to shop floor events. By ensuring that quality consistently meets – or even exceeds – customer demands and complies with regulations, you can play a crucial part in strengthening and protecting your brand and customer loyalty.

Corporate Quality

Enterprise-wide visibility for enhanced quality and compliance

SAP software provides full oversight into operations, audit cycles, and quality improvement efforts across globally distributed and local plants. Decision makers can monitor and benchmark corporate performance and establish quality improvement processes. Operations managers can respond faster to low supplier quality and customer complaints, detect issues or trends, and deliver comprehensive auditing services. That means larger market share, increased revenue, and competitive advantage.

Enterprise Performance Management

Enable continuous improvement with integrated, accurate operational performance data

Integrate knowledge and disparate software solutions by reporting live data and passing it in a generic way to other systems with SAP software for enterprise performance management. Quickly connect and integrate a wide range of manufacturing systems for reporting and system collaboration. Resolve operational issues with communication and data sharing in near real time.

Lean Production Planning

On-time delivery with low inventory

SAP software supports lean planning processes for creating predictable manufacturing schedules and enabling demand and collaborative planning. Using lean production capabilities, plant managers can stabilize material and value flow to improve on-time delivery and shrink production lead time and inventories. Converting uneven customer demands into smooth, predictable manufacturing schedules prevents missed sales due to unnecessary stock-outs.

Lean Execution

Lean execution that reduces operating costs

With SAP software, you can execute production and material flow according to lean principles and set a goal of continuous improvement (kaizen). The software connects manufacturing with enterprise and supply chain processes, increasing visibility into supply and demand. It also supports lean production execution with Kanban techniques to enable pull methodologies. By bridging the gap between lean processes and the data in IT systems, you can increase productivity and eliminate waste.

Poka Yoke Processing

Lean processes for error prevention, detection, and correction

With SAP software, plant managers can design lean processes that reduce the likelihood of human errors. Detecting unintended errors early, defining root causes, and taking proper corrective actions limit occurrences of product defects and process errors caused by process complexity, variation, and limited standardization. This proactive approach lowers the risk of rework, scrap, warranty, or inspection activities, while enhancing customer service levels.

Lean Six Sigma Analysis

Lean processes and Six Sigma analysis for reducing waste and costs

SAP software leverages lean process and Six Sigma principles for quick detection and analysis of potential waste and continuous operational improvement. Plant managers can understand and address the root causes of variability and better manage exceptions. By integrating planning processes, managers work towards improving operational efficiency to avoid the risk of unnecessary waste and costs. For stakeholders, this means higher profits, quality, and customer satisfaction.


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Get the support you need to efficiently implement and operate your SAP solutions – and take advantage of new technologies. We offer a range of support services, from foundation level to strategic engagement and co-innovation.

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Unlock the power of your SAP solution

Simplicity is the key to innovation. And innovation is the key to competitive advantage. SAP Services helps unlock your power and provide a simple path to innovation acceleration and the cloud. 

Our 15,000+ trained and certified consultants are focused on delivering true end-to-end solutions that yield the business outcomes you need to stay competitive. 

And with over 40 years of experience with hundreds of thousands of customers, SAP Services knows how to help your business unlock the power of SAP and Run Simple. SAP Services can help your business:


Support your innovation agenda so you can focus on strategic opportunities

Provide greater accountability to deliver end-to-end engagements with reduced complexity

Expose new product innovation and a path to the cloud with unmatched speed and expertise

Enhance your existing SAP investment with best-in-class knowledge transfer and support


Open integrated factory | Industry 4.0 with SAP

Learn how SAP ERP runs integrated and seamlessly with the operation execution and how SAP Manufacturing Execution (SAP ME), SAP Manufacturing Integration and Intelligence (SAP MII) orchestrate the workstations by connecting ERP2PLC with Plant Connectivity (SAP PCo).

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Improve the manufacturing user experience (UX)

Looking for ways to work more efficiently? Hear how the SAP Fiori UX for manufacturers lets production workers and supervisors process orders and operations through a single, role-specific workspace – improving insight into quality issues and tasks.

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Integrate and control processes for complex manufacturing

Learn how SAP Complex Assembly Manufacturing helps companies that manufacture large, integrated assemblies optimize the production of highly engineered, low-volume products.

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