Overview: The SAP Showcases


At the SAP stand at HANNOVER MESSE, you’ll witness the journey of a double seat valve as it travels along the complete value chain – from design to live operation. Each stage of the process includes exciting innovations. Combined, they paint the picture of the industrial future.


Design: An Agile Way to Create and Develop Products


At the first showcase station, you can learn how to better manage product changes – from the initial idea, to requirements analysis, and design. Change-relevant objects are identified quickly and all parts lists are kept consistent. Product-relevant information such as bills of materials, can be directly derived from master data and parts lists. In addition, it’s possible to precisely calculate the cost of a modification even at this early stage.


Planning: Improve Strategies and Make Procurement More Flexible


How large is the demand expected for a new product? Which markets are most lucrative? What capacity is available? What transportation will be needed? Algorithms based on machine learning offer precise predictions. A comprehensive and highly flexible plan is quickly created, outlining the strategic and operative approach. Those in charge gain transparency over whether they can meet the demand for the new product with the available resources – and how they can reschedule if required.


Production: Smart Connected Logistics and Manufacturing


Cyber-physical systems are the only solution for businesses that want to manufacture complex or customized products quickly, cost-effectively, and in any batch size. In the production phase of the SAP showcase, business software, warehouse logistics, and automation must all work seamlessly together. Camera technology, robotics, conveyor systems, and RFID show how automatic control loops can be achieved in observance of the business context. OPC UA plays an important role in the communication architecture.


Logistics: Flexibly Plan Routes and Avoid Bottlenecks


Here, we simulate a typical challenge for a transportation manager. The valve needs to be transferred from warehouse to customer as quickly as possible, but it doesn’t make sense to dispatch an entire truck for one single item. Smart systems provide the answer. The entire system is flexible and can react to any given disruption. Optimization, automation, and close integration of systems help maintain service level agreements. Thanks to track and trace capabilities, transport routes and delivery status remain in view.
Operation: Optimize Monitoring and Implement New Business Models


With digital twin technology, both manufacturer and operator have access to the same virtual representation of the physical component. This enables innovative services. Traditionally, the operator takes care of equipment maintenance and repairs. But using a network of digital twins creates, the manufacturer can take over this role. When in operation, the digital twin also makes it possible to monitor individual components and the entire plant. If threshold values are exceeded or anomalies are detected, the system alerts a service technician.


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