MES-Solution: SAP Digital Manufacturing Cloud (DMC)

With SAP Digital Manufacturing Cloud, production orders can be planned, including the available resources, and all follow-up processes can be triggered - a solution for efficient operations throughout the entire value creation process.

In the present, the technologies Cloud, IoT, Machine Learning, Predictive Maintenance, Big Data and Robotics play a decisive role for the competitiveness of a company. Integrated into the supply chain, the new technologies play out their advantages to the full and make a significant contribution to the success of the company. The SAP Digital Manufacturing Cloud (SAP DMC) covers all current requirements for Industry 4.0 and is regarded as a trend-setter -

all the way to the Smart Factory.The SAP Digital Manufacturing Cloud (SAP DMC) is a central, cloud-based MES system for the manufacturing and process industry that can be used to orchestrate, execute and monitor processes along the entire value chain in the spirit of Industrie 4.0. The solution connects all top-level business systems with assets on the shop floor. This gives users global visibility of data across all plants.

SAP DMC can be integrated directly into SAP S/4HANA or SAP ERP ECC, allowing production orders or resources to be planned and managed, and business processes to be automated. By integrating further SAP and 3rd party systems, a hybrid system landscape consisting of on-premise and cloud systems is achieved. This not only ensures real-time data processing, but also a long-term scalable solution that can be expanded by additional systems at any time.

On a global level, the Digital Manufacturing Cloud creates end-to-end transparency across production plants, workstations or individual processes across all locations. In the event of sudden irregularities or efficiency losses, algorithms in conjunction with KPIs, Artifical Intelligence (AI) and Machine Learning (ML) promote rapid identification of the disruptive factors, as well as prompt root cause analysis. As a result, quality deficiencies in production can be identified at an early stage and an appropriate response to deviations can be proactively initiated. SAP DMC's intuitive user interface enables paperless production, automatic data collection, and machine parameter settings. Various diagrams and dashboards also provide detailed and individual data and process visualization.

As a software-as-a-service (SaaS), the Digital Manufacturing Cloud eliminates high-maintenance, expensive and factory-related efforts for the company. Regular maintenance and automatic updates of new releases take place automatically in the cloud - taking the burden off in-house IT. However, administrative activities and management can be carried out at any time via the SAP Business Technology Platform (BTP).

The DMC Execution (DMCe) component serves as a central production control system that can be used to precisely plan, control and execute work steps in production. DMCe links the ERP-specific PP solutions such as MRP and production order management with the machinery.

Key functions of the DMCe:

  • Central production control system ensures end-to-end, transparent processes
  • Connects the ERP-specific PP solutions with the store floor of all plants and production sites
  • Clear display of all production processes
  • Detailed planning of individual work steps down to workstation level
  • Connection of production machines from different manufacturers
  • Realistic matching of machine and personnel availability to supply and demand
  • Synchronization of the required SAP master and transaction data

The integration of the Digital Manufacturing Cloud with the SAP ERP system ensures data integration between the systems. The DMC makes operational data permanently available in real time. Processes can thus not only be established more quickly, but also enable a fast, effective response to unexpected events in production.

SAP Digital Manufacturing Cloud Resource Orchestration (SAP REO) is the planning tool of SAP DMC for Execution. It enables the detailed planning of resources on the store floor with the following functions:

  • Detailed scheduling of individual work steps down to the work center level
  • Scheduling and de-scheduling operations of a resource
  • Connection of production machines from different manufacturers
  • Realistic coordination of the availability of machines and personnel
  • Artificial intelligence and machine learning solutions detect quality deficiencies at a very early stage of production by means of prediction models

By using SAP REO, the company obtains a complete overview of the load allocation on a resource in the production area, as well as a visual representation of operations and high-priority orders.

Replication of all required master data between systems occurs in real time, allowing processes to be established much faster and enabling effective response to unexpected events on the shop floor. In addition, Resource Orchestration can provide detailed information on staff assignments, availabilities, qualifications and certifications, enabling workforce scheduling to be optimally tailored to individual workstations.

The DMCi component (stands for Digital Manufacturing Cloud Insights) provides all the functions needed to take a closer look at the processes in and around production. The end-to-end transparency thus created makes it possible to react quickly and concretely to changing circumstances.

The following functions are worth highlighting:

  • Data-driven Manufacturing Performance Management
  • Real-time data and real-time analytics
  • Clear presentation of key performance indicators in a dashboard
  • Uniform, comparable and company-wide standardized KPIs for performance analysis
  • Own KPIs can be defined
  • Artificial intelligence for continuous improvement of production efficiency

The module provides predefined KPIs (Key Performance Indicators) and visualizes analyses from real-time information in a dashboard. Production data from data sources such as SAP S/4HANA, SAP ME on-premise or non-SAP systems can be merged, evaluated and aggregated in the cloud.


We will show you web-based Fiori apps that are available in SAP ERP as well as in S/4HANA as CONSILIO solution and SAP Best Practice. Furthermore, we will give you an insight into SAP's Digital Manufacturing Cloud solution.
You will receive a compact overview of solution options for digital manufacturing in S/4HANA, ERP and in the cloud.

With the SAP cloud solution Digital Manufacturing Cloud, processes in the process and manufacturing industry can be orchestrated, executed and monitored in the sense of Industry 4.0, even across company boundaries.

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