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SAP ERP allows companies to create process manufacturing cockpits that can help streamline business processes. A process manufacturing cockpit is a user-defined interface in SAP ERP that allows business process owners to enter and transmit data and information in a timely way, while providing access to the latest reference documentation. Companies can create different process manufacturing cockpits to meet various data recording and transmission needs. Business users may also digitally sign input values in the cockpit to validate the completeness and correctness of the data.
The following are some examples of business processes that can benefit from process manufacturing cockpits:
- A company has installed new production machinery and wants line operators to have access to the operator’s manuals for each section of the machinery. With a click of a button, the operator can gain access to the latest operator’s manual. The instant availability of up-to-date information isn't just useful to line operators in their daily production tasks but also to maintenance personnel, who benefit when there’s a machine breakdown and they need machine layout drawings to perform repairs.
- A company is conducting trial production of a new product for which it wants to record inspection data and report it to a quality inspector. Because this is a trial production and requires extensive and frequent product quality inspections, the company needs to be able to record and transmit inspection results every hour. In the process manufacturing cockpit, it's possible to record hourly inspection results (or as frequently as needed) and the system automatically transmits all the data using process messages.
- A company wants to keep tabs on the production of a byproduct. Since a byproduct is a low-value product and not the main product, companies often wait for enough byproduct to physically accumulate before recording its production details in the system. Using the process manufacturing cockpit, a production supervisor can easily record details about the byproduct twice a week.
Figure 1 shows a process manufacturing cockpit in which the process operator can access the machine’s operating manual by clicking the Operator's Manual button. Further down, in the Results field, the quality inspector can record inspection results. Still further down, the user can enter a digital signature to validate the completeness of the information entered.
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