Meeting current challenges perfectly with SAP and Industry 4.0
Parts, products, and processes are digitally linked, with data being generated in real time. For SAP, two concepts play a decisive role here: vertical integration and interoperability.
Vertical integration means that the software has a direct connection to the shop floor, where data flows directly in to enable precise planning, control, monitoring, and optimization.
Interoperability refers to the ability of different systems to communicate with each other and exchange data. In the Industry 4.0 Center, SAP demonstrates why its own solutions are perfectly suited for this. Due to current developments, Industry 4.0 is more relevant in North America than ever before.
“A lot has happened in the last three years,” explained Rakesh Gandhi. “More and more manufacturing is moving back into the US. This demands highly developed automation as well. Some customers are highly automated, others only in some aspects, others are at the beginning. We help customers to define their journey.”
A manual workstation shows that manual assembly in a smart factory is not a thing of the past: the table based on the item Building Kit System was designed for human-robot collaboration. Here, employees assemble electronic components using a precision screwdriver. Thanks to a special robot mounting plate, a cobot from Universal Robots is perfectly integrated into the table. Our robot mounts are available for all common cobot models. In addition, there are universal mounting plates into which you can insert individual drilling patterns and machining operations. There is a camera on the cobot, which feeds the necessary parts to the employee. The precision screwdriver, robot, and camera are digitally networked on the robot table, creating a data model to use this information, enabling a virtual inspection of the assembly in SAP Digital Manufacturing. This Manufacturing Execution System (MES) and the ERP system SAP S/4HANA Cloud are the key SAP solutions for Industry 4.0.