SAP MII (SAP Manufacturing Integration and Intelligence) is an SAP application for synchronizing manufacturing operations with both back-office business processes and standardized data. It functions as a data hub between SAP ERP and operational applications. It also provides analytics and workflow tools for identifying problems in the production process and improving its performance.
How does SAP MII work?
As its name implies, SAP MII consists of two main components. The integration component uses web standards to link SAP ERP and related business applications with plant floor applications. So, for example, Extensible Markup Language (XML) could be used with the Java programming language to include customer relationship management (CRM) with plant floor applications in a consistent user interface (UI). It employs web server technology to extract and aggregate data from multiple sources. It can also be made accessible from a variety of devices. When paired with SAP Plant Connectivity software and run on the HANA in-memory database, SAP MII can help to enable global visibility into manufacturing operations.
The intelligence side is intended to provide real-time analytics of manufacturing operations, using visualization tools and dashboards to show key performance indicators (KPIs) and alerts. Operations managers, business executives, plant employees and suppliers can use these features to make short-term production decisions. SAP MII can also help manage continuous improvement programs, such as Lean Six Sigma.
SAP MII features
- The plant information catalog is used to maintain master data, arrange floor assets in hierarchical structures, and integrate information from various users and sensors.
- Energy monitoring provides monitoring analytics for energy use across different touchpoints within the plant information catalog.
- Manufacturing intelligence analytics supports cross-data store analysis, predictive analytics, statistical process control and big data storage. Role-based and hierarchy-based production data is viewable through customizable dashboards.
- Overall Equipment Effectiveness (OEE) Management measures and analyzes plant performance in real time or with historical data. Dashboards with custom KPIs can be built and visualized.
- Business process integration helps create intelligent business processes from enterprise to production. Connections can be integrated with specific devices: control systems, terminals, and other mobile input devices and receivers.
Benefits of SAP MII
Integration of SAP MII can help a plant's manufacturing processes in multiple ways:
- Increased OEE. Equipment downtime, efficiency lapses and quality issues throughout multiple hierarchy levels can be identified relatively quickly and easily.
- Integrated These provide interoperability between multiple shop floor and enterprise resource planning (ERP)/operational applications.
- Process orchestration. Planning, execution, maintenance and quality management processes can be orchestrated on the basis of specific customers.
- Platform universality. This enables rapid adaptation to other manufacturing processes across industries.