GE Fanuc Automation, a unit of GE Industrial, today announced that it has achieved “Powered by SAP NetWeaver” certification for Manufacturing.
The certification demonstrates GE Fanuc’s commitment to integration of its Production Management software with SAP applications to enable key business initiatives, such as Lean Six Sigma, regulatory compliance, performance optimization and pursuit of the Perfect Plant.
The certification combines GE Fanuc Production Management Software with SAP xMII to gather, analyze and execute real-time order information; and continuously improve plant performance, productivity and profitability.
SAP xMII unifies integration technologies into a single platform and is pre-integrated with SAP business applications, enabling organisational flexibility and reducing the need for custom integration.
The resulting composite application delivers real-time visibility and intelligence to improve agility, quality and efficiency by tracking and executing production operations through a closed-loop information exchange with SAP applications.
“GE Fanuc understands the importance of SAP’s certification and of aligning with SAP’s ‘Adaptive Manufacturing’ vision,” said Tom Cruz, Software Vice President and General Manager of GE Fanuc.
“The value to be gained through these integration efforts is substantial. By utilising the combined solutions and expertise of our two companies, our customers will be able to move in ways and perform at levels their competitors can’t match. Those capabilities can transform a business.”
The combination of SAP and GE Fanuc software provides manufacturers with flexible, reliable and responsive manufacturing operations linked tightly with global value chains:
- Improving top-line revenues with better supply chain predictability, capacity management and quality management
- Improving the bottom line and operational reliability by reducing costs and improving quality and operational efficiencies
- Making plant-level optimisation a reality
- Empowering innovation by improving launches of new products and processes
- Establishing strategic advantages by improving capital cost structures
According to Greg Gorbach, ARC Advisory Group’s Vice President of Collaborative Manufacturing Research, “With GE Fanuc achieving ‘Powered by SAP NetWeaver’ status, manufacturers can benefit by transforming to a real-time adaptive enterprise.
Additionally, GE Fanuc now has more direct access to SAP NetWeaver education and knowledge transfer resources and insider previews of new SAP technology which will speed integration between user systems, decrease total cost of ownership and increase the benefits achieved through integration, such as lower inventory and faster time to market.”
“Management needs quality information to make the best decisions,” said Peter van Barneveld, MES Competence Director at LogicaCMG, a major international supplier of IT and business services.
“Two challenges dominate today: achieving common metrics to drive manufacturing best practices across the enterprise, and integrating this degree of information into the organisation’s enterprise systems to increase production flexibility.”
“The time for a corporate approach to Production Management systems has come – and the relationship between SAP and GE Fanuc will significantly help manufacturers overcome these challenges and improve their business performance.”