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Hybrid multi-cloud Design-to-Operate processes integrate SAP Digital Manufacturing Cloud (DMC) with intelligent SAP S/4HANA Digital Supply Chain solutions and SAP EWM Warehouse Management.

SAP Digital Manufacturing Cloud | DMC BTP Azure Architecture

The SAP Business Technology Platform (SAP BTP) Cloud Foundry environment offers SaaS solutions like SAP Digital Manufacturing Cloud (SAP DMC) on hyperscaler cloud platforms like Microsoft Azure and Amazon AWS. Hybrid multi-cloud architectures realize vertical integrations of SAP DMC with SAP S/4HANA Digital Supply Chain and shop floor processes.

SAP Digital Manufacturing Cloud (DMC) Azure BTP Architecture

SAP Digital Manufacturing Cloud (DMC) is composed of execution and insights components:

SAP Digital Manufacturing Cloud Execution

SAP Digital Manufacturing Cloud Execution (DMCe) provides operation capabilities for manufacturing processes on shop floor level. DMCe Production Operation Dashboards (POD) are user interfaces to control data from databases or collections.

SAP Digital Manufacturing Cloud for execution Integration

SAP Digital Manufacturing Cloud for execution (DMCe) offers predefined integration options. Business process integrations with S/4HANA Cloud public editions can be implemented without SAP Cloud Integration service subscription. SAP DMC integrations with On-Premise S/4HANA or SAP ECC require SAP Cloud Connector and SAP Cloud Integration components.

SAP Digital Manufacturing Cloud (DMC) S/4HANA Azure Integration

The SAP Digital Manufacturing Cloud (DMC) Manage Integration workflows app offers options to customize SAP Cloud Integration behaviors by overriding predefined workflow nodes. Individual integration scenarios can be implemented additionally as cloud integration flows.

Monitoring of integration scenarios with defined message types is offered by the SAP Digital Manufacturing Cloud (DMC) Integration Message Dashboard or the Cloud Integration Monitoring Message Processing user interfaces.

Shop floor automation scenarios can be realized with bidirectional integrations of SAP Digital Manufacturing Cloud (DMC) and shop floor solutions, top-down for equipment control and bottom-up to use data collections in DMC.

SAP Digital Manufacturing Cloud (DMC) Resource Orchestration (REO)

Short-term shop floor operations planning is offered by SAP Digital Manufacturing Cloud (DMC) Resource Orchestration (REO). Some main DMC Resource Orchestration capabilities are manual or automatic dispatching of operations to resources, monitoring of manufacturing processes with intuitive visualizations in Gantt charts and the management of shop floor resources.

Resource Orchestration (REO) with SAP Digital Manufacturing Cloud (DMC) schedules scarce resources like work centers, equipments, labor or manufacturing tools on execution level. SAP Digital Manufacturing Cloud (DMC) REO labor management considers workforce availability with required qualifications to schedule based on informed decisions. DMC Resource Orchestration (REO) can be integrated with SAP Manufacturing Execution (ME) order processing to release scheduled orders with SFC creation for ME.

Scheduling automations are enabled with SAP Digital Manufacturing Cloud (DMC) REO Automatic Dispatching by Heuristics (Scheduling Options) or with Machine Learning (ML) algorithms. Automatic dispatching By Machine Learning (Find Slot Mode) offers infinite and finite (creates slot only if capacity available) scheduling modes with forward scheduling direction. The dispatching of operations to resources is predicted by machine learning algorithms and controlled with allocated work centers specified by production supervisors.

SAP Digital Manufacturing Cloud AI/ML Scenarios

SAP Digital Manufacturing Cloud (SAP DMC) AI Machine Learning (ML) integrations assist and automate manufacturing processes like Visual Inspections to predict quality. Visual Inspection scenarios (use-cases), created with the Manage AI/ML Scenarios app, enable operators to review defects with the POD plugin Visual Inspector and to log nonconformance codes (NC) as trigger for automatic corrective actions. During the machine learning (ML) scenario creation, existing models can be uploaded optionally (currently 12/2022 only TensorFlow JavaScript ML models are supported).

SAP Digital Manufacturing Cloud BTP Visual Inspection

The image classification Machine Learning (ML) models used for Visual Inspections, have to be linked to business processes with mandatory availability criteria plant, material and operation. SAP DMC offers APIs to upload inspection log images from cameras on the shop floor and to use this images with machine learning (ML) classification models. After image classification, the returned machine learning (ML) model output can be mapped to non-conformance codes.

Active SAP Digital Manufacturing Cloud (SAP DMC) visual inspection scenarios can be processed assisted with machine learning (ML) model for training purposes or with automated nonconformance code (NC) logging.

Hybrid Digital Manufacturing Business Scenarios

SAP Digital Manufacturing Cloud (DMC) MES production planning is based on version controlled shop floor routings which determine the sequence of individual operations to finish products. Operation activities describe production processes in detail and optimize shop floor execution with additional functions and information like work instructions.

Master data (e.g. BOMs, routings, materials, resources, work centers) created in SAP Digital Manufacturing Cloud (DMC) or with edge components is synchronized continuously. Individual products in discrete manufacturing can be identified and tracked with unique Shop Floor Control (SFC) units throughout the production process. These SFC numbers are used to control production processes, with aquired data collections on the shop floor, with insights for data-driven decisions or automations.

Production orders can be created or released in SAP DMC edge or in ERP systems like S/4HANA or SAP ECC. Order status, priority and dates of synchronized orders from ERP to DMC can be edited. Build quantities can be adapted with Manage Order app. Order confirmations in SAP Digital Manufacturing Cloud for execution (SAP DMCe) communicate yield and scrap quantities to SAP ERP or SAP S/4HANA.

SAP Digital Manufacturing Cloud (DMC) Production Operator Dashboards (PODs) are the primary DMC user interfaces to perform production operations on Shop Floor Control (SFC) units. Some examples of standard PODs are Operation Activities, Production Line or Work Center.

Production Connectivity Models act as digital twins of the physical world and integrate the Machine Model Engine of SAP Asset Performance Management.

SAP Digital Manufacturing Cloud BTP Extensibility

SAP Digital Manufacturing Cloud (DMC) offers SAP Business Technology Platform (BTP) extensibility options for Business Processes, UI (POD Designer, SAPUI5 apps) and ML/AI scenarios (Visual Inspection).

SAP Digital Manufacturing Cloud BTP Extensibility

SAP Digital Manufacturing Cloud Process Extensions

The SAP Digital Manufacturing Cloud (DMC) service registry captures metadata information about all available services offered by DMC and integrated systems like e.g. S/4HANA, SAP EWM, shop floor systems, custom extensions, cloud services. These services can be consumed and orchestrated with the SAP Digital Manufacturing Cloud (DMC) Design Production Processes app using a graphical design tool and deployed to DMC cloud/egde or Plant Connectivity (PcO) runtime.

SAP Digital Manufacturing Cloud (DMC) production processes can automate WIP management with logistics orders to track intralogistics transportation of SFCs and packing units between work centers or resources on the shop floor. As prerequisite, DMC Transport Systems have to be created and managed for third-party transport systems, such as Automated Guide Vehicle (AGV) system, for automatic distribution and execution of the logistics orders.

SAP Business Technology Platform (SAP BTP) Kyma FaaS are the recommended approach to implement SAP Digital Manufacturing Cloud (DMC) business process extensions with the BTP Extension Center e.g. as custom logic extension of the. DMC Manage Next Numbers app for individual numbering patterns of batches, SFCs.

RESTful OData and SOAP services have to be registered as user-defined web servers in the SAP Digital Manufacturing Cloud (SAP DMC) service registry. Digital twins of these user-defined physical web servers can be configured and managed in SAP Digital Manufacturing Cloud (DMC) with the Manage Web Servers app.

SAP Digital Manufacturing Cloud (SAP DMC) Applications access extensions during runtime within custom production processes (e.g. goods movement with label printing). Extended business processes can be triggered automatically with events (business rules) or timers from outside (subscription, API) or inside DMC.

SAP Digital Manufacturing Cloud UI Extensions

Custom SAP Digital Manufacturing Cloud (SAP DMC) PODs are UI extensions implemented as Fiori components (plugins) to handle individual processes like End-of-Line quality measures with machine learning and data lake cloud services. DMC PODs with image overlays, created with the DMC Overlay Authoring Tool, can visualize e.g. digital twins of manufacturing lines in the DMC Line Monitor plugin for process industries.

SAP BTP Digital Manufacturing Hybrid Architecture

BOM Comparison PODs facilitate production variant or version changes in lines (work centers) with preparation lists. These lists compare and visualize BOM information on all levels e.g. quantities of needed materials, category (stock, non-stock), material image.

SAP Digital Manufacturing Cloud for edge

SAP Digital Manufacturing Cloud (SAP DMC) runtime components deployed on the SAP DMC edge get connected via SAP Plant Connectivity to the shop floor. SAP DMC edge runs decoupled from SAP DMC cloud manufacturing execution processes with a upgrade period for edge components three months after the SAP DMC cloud release. Edge lifecycle services are offered on the SAP BTP to manage, install and monitor edge components centrally.

SAP BTP Digital Manufacturing Cloud Edge Lifecycle and Synchronization

Moving computing to the shop floor offers advanced options to solve business continuity requirements. Edge computing brings computation and data storage closer together and reduces dependencies to consistent cloud transfer rates and response times. Decoupled edge operations increase the overall uptime of manufacturing processes because of reduced connectivity dependencies like latency, bandwidth, response times and transfer rates.

Microsoft Azure is currently (03/2023) the only cloud provider which offers advanced SAP Digital Manufacturing Cloud capabilities like Data Engineering and Edge Computing. Running DMC Edge workloads on Azure Stack Edge on the shop floor enables faster edge processing and optimized cloud data transfers.

Azure Stack Edge acts as a cloud storage gateway with local cache capability for offline periods (typically 1–2 shifts) and bandwidth throttling (to limit business hours peaks). The edge stack includes a managed Kubernetes environment to run SAP Digital Manufacturing Cloud Edge (DMCe) on a Kubernetes cluster. SAP DMC for edge computing relies on backing services such as persistence, caching and message broker.

SAP Digital Manufacturing for edge computing stores data on the edge only temporarily, for instance when there are production activities for an order. While data is stored on the edge, persistent volumes are used for backing services. Transactionional SAP DMC business data gets synchronized with the Business Object Synchronization Service (BOSS) and two-way communication between cloud and edge.

Recommended options to authenticate users on the shop floor are:

SAP Digital Manufacturing Cloud for Insights

SAP Digital Manufacturing Cloud for Insights (DMCi) offers monitoring, reporting capabilities and data-driven insights to optimize processes based on informed decisions. Process optimizations can be measured based on performance or effectiveness indicators.

SAP Analytics Cloud (SAC) embedded with DMCi offers interactive dashboards with standard or custom KPIs with drill-down capabilities to find root causes on different levels (like order, work center or resource).

The DMCi Manage Alerts app allows to define conditions and subscriptions for alerts to implement Predictive Quality Management and to initiate corrective actions. Product quality defects can be detected early in production with prediction models using machine learning for Visual Inspection.

Production operators or quality inspectors receiving notifications of type Predictive Quality can view the predictive evaluation results for a specific combination of plant and equipment.