This research brief examines how Lion improved automation and IT/OT integration in its manufacturing plants. In Lion’s case, the company digitized and automated a manufacturing plant in New Zealand, but a best of-breed strategy for all their enterprise solutions had left them with dozens of different IT solutions and a complicated organic IT architecture that its developers had taken as far as it could go. Lion decided to go with a holistic SAP suite: a new deployment of SAP S/4HANA, SAP SuccessFactors solutions, SAP Integrated Business Planning for Supply Chain (SAP IBP), and SAP SAP Manufacturing Integration and Intelligence (MII). Neil Schiff, Workstream Leader for Manufacturing Integration at Lion, shared, “Our old ERP implementation was not configured optimally for manufacturing. It didn’t run each individual vessel or container as its own resource, and it effectively as an accounting system. Without SAP S/4HANA and SAP MII, we would have required 3-5 extra people to accomplish what we’re doing now.”
Packaging at the Lion plant requires an operator located at the packaging machine that labels the bottles. Lion can send down the production schedule to the execution system with SAP MII, and operators can execute that schedule without mistakes. Operators can see schedule changes in real time, and the shares data integrates with SAP Extended Warehouse Management (SAP EWM) to show the status of deliveries.
Operators work in SAP MII for quality, efficiency, materials, waste, track and trace, and labeling processes. Downtime information from the control system of the machine, pallet labelling, and warehouse transactions all integrate from different SAP applications and come together for the operator in SAP MII.
By doing all transactions throughout its processes in one core system, Lion has improved visibility into plant operations.
“We have gone through many continuous improvements with this integration with the shop floor,” says Schiff. “Now, moving on from this pilot, we expect improved levels of integration and automation everywhere with SAP MII.”
The full research brief explains how Lion maximized the value of SAP MII. Click here to read the full research brief.