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Manufacturers Revitalize Operations With SAP HANA®

WALLDORF, Germany, Sept. 16, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- SAP AG (NYSE: SAP) today announced the introduction of the SAP HANA® platform into solutions supporting "idea to performance," a holistic business approach to managing the entire life cycle of a product, from design to service. To help customers reimagine how they do business with access to real-time operational data, SAP HANA will power the latest versions of manufacturing and research and development (R & D) solutions from SAP. The portfolio, including the SAP® Overall Equipment Effectiveness Management (SAP OEE Management) application, the 6.0 version of the SAP® Portfolio and Project Management application and the SAP® Energy and Environmental Resource Management solution, represents the cornerstone of this "idea to performance" approach.  

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Customers today are looking for solutions to help solve the new realities of the latest real-time business challenges. SAP HANA was designed to serve as a foundation for a new breed of real-time applications that go beyond simply accelerating existing business processes, to create new customer value based on freshly available insights. The strengths of SAP HANA help deliver results in line with the pillars of this "idea to performance" approach:
  • Sustainable innovation: Manage market-driven product innovation while streamlining the innovation process
  • Responsive manufacturing: Minimize order fulfillment cycle time while maintaining the ability to support different manufacturing processes and order variability
  • Operational excellence: Cost-effectively and proactively control operational risks that can adversely affect safety, quality, reliability and asset productivity

"With SAP, today we can get transparency on energy consumption, which has a direct positive impact on our cost," said Klaus Siegemund, senior manager, IT Area Operations, Ferrero. "With the new SAP Energy and Environmental Resource Management solution, we anticipate to further improve the near real-time aspects of energy and leverage new innovative analytics and charting capabilities with SAP HANA."

Improve Responsive ManufacturingManufacturing issues are unavoidable — resources are not always reliable, machines need maintenance, raw material issues jeopardize product quality and operators make mistakes. SAP OEE Management is intended to offer visibility into these major sources of manufacturing performance loss. Such visibility into the overall production plan and plant utilization helps managers reduce both planned and unplanned downtime. This includes helping reduce speed loss and minor stops due to bottlenecks, blocks and jams that do not require maintenance. The benefits shall help lead to a lower cost of manufacturing via improved product quality, higher resource utilization, decreased asset downtime and minimized performance loss.

On an enterprise level, by leveraging SAP OEE Management powered by SAP HANA, it is aimed that managers will be able to compare and benchmark the performance of similar assets from different facilities, providing insights into expected performance and detecting variances. This is intended to enable the faster identification of root cause and resolution, driving continuous process improvement. Operational performance information shall be combined with the business context to improve decision-making, which is planned to help increase schedule adherence, allocate capital more efficiently and improve quality enhancing customer satisfaction. The intended ability to monitor and improve the effectiveness of manufacturing processes will not only improve the individual plant's performance, but also provide an opportunity for broader business and supply chain performance improvements.

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