Why your next Manufacturing System may be in the cloud

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In today’s fast-moving world, especially in the wake of COVID-19, manufacturing systems can provide a lifeline for manufacturers, enabling rapid response to changing requirements and conditions, driving efficiencies, improving quality, supporting continuous improvement and increasing production flexibility and resiliency. 

As technology innovations and customer expectations change at breakneck speed, your production capabilities and supporting systems must adapt as outlined in the IDC InfoBrief: Enabling Resilient Operations in Manufacturing. Progressive manufacturers are increasingly making the transition from legacy, on-premise solutions to SaaS cloud applications to satisfy today’s challenges and act as an agile platform to support tomorrow’s innovation.

Understanding the cloud adoption landscape

Organizations are increasingly looking to the cloud for their business solutions with cloud IT spending projected to make up 14.2% of the total global enterprise IT spending market in 2024, up from 9.1% in 2020, according to Gartner. Reasons vary, but underlying motives include cost effectiveness and improved business continuity, scalability and digital-enabling abilities. 

Manufacturing has not been immune to this shift, as plants become increasingly comfortable with cloud-based services, including MES. In fact, 60% of MES users report preferring cloud over on-premise, according to recent study by IDC.

Perhaps more significantly, this confidence is reflected by actual moves to the cloud, with 12% of respondents having already migrated to a SaaS-based cloud MES and a further 52% planning to make the transition in due course.

Fujitsu believes the future of MES lies firmly in the cloud. Because when it comes to agility, security, reliability and connectivity, there’s no doubt that cloud MES not only yields a high return on investment but can also put you in pole position to drive growth in a new dawn of manufacturing.

SAP Digital Manufacturing Cloud

In today’s digital landscape, manufacturers are ever more dependent on data to gain the insights required to deliver the seamless experiences that customers now expect. It’s also just as important to have better visibility to minimize costs and get the most from dispersed and ageing plants to truly optimize operations.

In response, forward-thinking manufacturers are embracing cloud-based MES, to gain complete visibility from the top floor to every shop floor by integrating and collecting near real-time data from MOM, automation and IoT-enabled systems.

By collecting, aggregating and managing manufacturing data in a centralized cloud, SAP Digital Manufacturing Cloud (DMC) delivers plant-specific and enterprise-wide insights, from root causes for unscheduled downtime, to predictive analysis on how to drive efficiency.

In doing so, this also supports factory resiliency. So, when expanding factory lines for example – which may require changing locations and suppliers – cloud MES can flexibly underpin the rollout by allowing other stakeholders and vendors to use the system outside of your facility’s network.

For instance, you can ask suppliers to carry out final inspections in their facility and share the evidence on the DMC, which can reduce the time of inspection. And this also adds a lot of value for suppliers, with easy access to information and trackability building trust with customers who purchase their products.

In addition, SAP DMC deliver preconfigured and intuitive analytics, ensuring all stakeholders can understand the drivers of global and plant-level performance, enabling every stakeholder – from head office to the factory floor – to reach the same data-driven conclusions.

Ultimately, SAP Digital Manufacturing Cloud connects top floor business systems to shop floor equipment to provide global visibility across all plants, while orchestrating execution and monitoring production operations down to the individual work center. And this can also be critical in supporting sustainability initiatives.

Because DMCi enables users to monitor multiple factories, this grants them the ability to compare outputs such as OEE and energy usage. In doing so, factories can provide an audit trail to show they’re upholding the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) and are on track with their own environmental, social and corporate governance (ESG) initiatives.

Partners and customers can adapt the solution to their very specific needs, using several public APIs and a set of extensibility options offered by SAP Digital Manufacturing Cloud.

So, how do you get there?

Enter a new dawn of manufacturing with Fujitsu and SAP

Fujitsu has bundled SAP DMC solutions with accelerated service offerings to help you solve your own unique challenges easily and rapidly, with faster time to value. 

Our offering includes:

  • Tailor made fast start solutions
  • Getting up and running in weeks, not months
  • Cloud-based solutions, implementation services, and enablement 
  • A fixed cost with no surprises and the flexibility to expand

Get in touch to learn more about how Fujitsu and SAP Digital Manufacturing Cloud can support your transition.