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Using the SAP ME Sizing Spreadsheet

The sizing spreadsheets contained in SAP Note 1406846 are used to estimate the storage requirements of the SAP ME databases. However, unless the spreadsheet is completed correctly, the size of the databases can be seriously underestimated or overestimated: there has been one example of a customer overstating their database by …

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Serving a Market of One with the Connected Factory

The Internet of Things (IoT) has the power to change the way companies do business, all the way down to the process by which products are made. IoT involves Internet-connected devices speaking to the manufacturer or the consumer about any number of things, like usage, maintenance, or location. IoT helps …

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Management Today Does Not Know What Their Job Is

Dr. Yoram Solomon has an article on Innovation Excellence entitled “The Creativity Nuclear Reactor: Must Everyone in the Company Be Creative?” available (here).  His premise is that companies, even those known for creativity such as 3M and Apple, have very rigid processes and structures for most of the organization.  The …

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Dive deeper into SAP ME timeout settings

Once you use SAP ME with production loads you need to consider many timeout settings. They are very well described in SAP Note 1825121 so I will not stop on each of them but will talk about ts timeout value and SAP_JTATimeout value. From SAP Note 1747704 you can get …

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Smart Manufacturing in the era of Industry 4.0 / IoT

Smart Manufacturing transforms traditional plants from cost centers into profit centers by optimizing plant resources (man, machine, and material) and enabling it to a demand driven manufacturing for increased sales. Traditional plants are cost centers, they make more in large lots and focuses on cutting costs in various ways (Outsourcing, …

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Industry 4.0 – fourth industrial revolution

It’s a high-tech project started by the German government, which promotes the computerization of manufacturing. Before moving onto Industry 4.0, let us see in brief about what Industry 1.0, 2.0 & 3.0 were. The first industrial revolution (1.0) was the mechanization of production using water and steam power. The second …

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Setting parameters for ODSLaborRollup script

ODSLaborRollup script is a bit different from other ODS scripts and instead of separate lines for each execution step it has in the newest ME versions parameter ALL by default. The answer what is behind this parameter was found in the code. You may need to know it in case …

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Making The Most Of Industry 4.0 In Manufacturing

Today, manufacturers face pressure on several fronts. They must achieve sustainable growth as rapid changes in customer buying behavior and geographies increase market volatility. At the same time, they must adapt to new business models – from embedded services to increased partnering – that are challenging the fundamental way they …

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MEINT menu is not visible in MII

Hi folks,   From time to time I hear about problems that MEINT menu is not visible in MII in ME 15 system, even though all necessary roles are assigned to the user. Such problem is mentioned in SAP Note 2082658. However, the software components update is not always required. …

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PODs powered by SAP Fiori

Production Operator Dashboard or POD is essentially the End User mechanism or GUI used by Shop Operators,to process production information associated with manufacturing and assembly process.    The Touch Production Operation Dashboard has been added in the SAP ME 6.1 release. The POD may be displayed and transacted upon on …

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How to find the newest ME release

It’s a good practice to regularly install the Support Package stacks that are released by SAP. By doing this, you can avoid errors that have already been corrected for your SAP solution. I found some notes are usually updated when a new SP or patch is released.  They could be …

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Hints on using CNC Programs

Hello   This blog post is for those, who decided to use CNC Programs but cannot find out how to tie the Program/Resource/CNC Machine.   So, you:   –     Define a CNC Program in CNC Program Maintenance. –     When you attach it, you have to specify the Resource. –     The …

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2015 will be the year of the connected manufacturer

REPORT: Originally published in Manufacturing Global This year has been a turning point for the UK manufacturing sector with the EEF forecasting that by the end of 2014 the sector will have grown by 3.3 percent. We also saw UK manufacturers increase production in October to meet rising demand. Against …

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Do you have the Skills in place?

Do you have theskills in place for manufacturing success? It’s no secret that there is a skills shortage within themanufacturing sector, with recentresearch suggesting we are hitting a critical point – will we be able tofill that skills void we’re experiencing or are we running out of time? For this …

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How to check SAP ME and SAP MII Componets version

How to check SAP ME and SAP MII components version: ME 6.1 and MII 14.0 1. Logon to SAP Netweaver administrator http://<host>:<port> 2. Navigate to Configuration – Infrastructure – System Information 3. Search “SAPMECORE” in the Components Info tab for ME version. SAP ME Version is 6.1.4.12 4. Search “XMII” …

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Throw away the last ink pen on the shop floor

“Automation in Overdrive” was a recent SAPRadio series highlighting the accelerating rate of the role robotics and automation plays on the manufacturing shop floor.  This highlighted many of the challenges manufacturers will face as automation and robotics become more pervasive.  We normally think of complex or delicate manual assembly being …

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