SAP Digital Manufacturing Cloud

Cloud-based MES is becoming an increasingly popular choice among forward-thinking manufacturers. The cloud brings on-demand scalability as your business grows.

Cloud MES is a so-called 'Software As A Service (SaaS)' solution, meaning that the software runs over the internet in a public or private cloud using data center hardware and infrastructure.

On-premise deployments regularly require daunting up-front time and capital investments while a cloud-based MES system can be simply accessed through an Internet browser. As a result, it does not require expensive hardware, IT personnel or a lengthy implementation process. Furthermore, cloud solutions won’t require expensive upgrade fees or regular oversight by in-house IT; factors like these boost the value of ownership.

In the past, manufacturers had huge concerns about using cloud-based MES systems. The cloud was evolving quickly, with hundreds of new providers entering the space, and IT leaders were worried about lack of control, IT breakdowns, poor cybersecurity, and hacks. Today it is a different story: the cloud is widely accepted as a highly secure and effective way to manage MES.

Benefits of Cloud-Based MES Programs

Better Accessibility
With increased bandwidth and stability that have now become the norm, this has allowed MES to untether itself from having to be physically located at the plant. Ease of access also leads to greater utilization of MES, leading to increased employee operational awareness and KPI target compliance.

Cloud is actually making sophisticated MES solutions available to smaller and midsized organizations. Companies no longer require an increase to IT staff or expensive server hardware hitting CAPEX.

Flexibility and Scalability
MES systems can be scaled faster to include multiple plants and more easily meet the needs of “any-sized” operation by leveraging the developed “best in class” MES from one plant to many plants. This “lift & shift” approach to rolling out MES to multiple plants has significant cost savings and rapid deployment advantages.

Automatic Updates
MES software is constantly updated in the cloud (99.99% Uptime) and provides database administration, monitoring, and back-ups, all automatically without IT intervention.

Improved Security
Unlike on-site MES systems, high-level security for cloud-based MES software is maintained and constantly updated by the provider.

Enhanced Decision-Making
Real-time access to multiple plant performance data leads to better decisions as a result of a larger data set analysis, allowing companies to be more responsive to production needs or changing consumer demand and preferences.

 SAP Digital Manufacturing Cloud (SAP DMC)

SAP DMC is a central, cloud-based solution for optimizing manufacturing performance. The SAP Digital Manufacturing Cloud consists of a Manufacturing Execution System (MES) and an intelligent performance management system. It complements and extends SAP's existing on-premise portfolio of solutions for digital manufacturing by adding cloud applications. This new cloud-based offering provides real-time, end-to-end visibility and production efficiency in a simple and scalable solution.

SAP DMC allows manufacturers to execute manufacturing processes, analyze manufacturing and business data, and integrate systems with a cost-effective, high-quality and resource-efficient method based on Industry 4.0.

Benefits of SAP DMC:


  • Track and improve manufacturing performance

  • Timely, accurate, and accessible reporting

  • Gain faster and more consistent insights

  • Increase the visibility of manufacturing processes

  • Adapt to product individualization requirements

  • Effective utilization of your business assets

Key Functionalities of SAP DMC:


  • Purposeful and meaningful data

  • Coherent and reliable data analytics

  • Integrated manufacturing modeling

  • Preconfigured industry standards

  • Advanced, in-depth data analytics

  • Unified manufacturing operations management

  • Shop-floor execution

  • Shop-floor engineering


SAP Digital Manufacturing Cloud for Execution (DMCe)

 SAP DMCe is a SaaS Manufacturing Execution System (MES) solution developed to enhance transparency and production operations with near real-time data and analysis. Execute manufacturing processes, analyze manufacturing and business data, and integrate systems with a productive, high-quality, and resource-efficient method.

SAP DMCe Offers:

  • Provisioning in the Cloud

  • Transparency in Top Floor and Shop Floor

  • Effective KPIs and Analyses

  • Detailed execution of production processes

SAP Digital Manufacturing Cloud complements and extends SAP's existing on-premise portfolio of solutions for digital manufacturing by adding cloud applications.

SAP DMCe Benefits:

  • Track and enhance manufacturing performance

  • Improve visibility and reporting consistency

  • Gain faster and more consistent insights

  • Improve visibility into manufacturing processes

  • Adapt to individualization requirements

  • Put your business assets to work more effectively


SAP Digital Manufacturing Insights (DMI)

SAP Digital Manufacturing Cloud for Insights (SAP DMCi) is a centralized, cloud-based, data-driven manufacturing performance management solution. SAP DMI is part of the SAP Digital Manufacturing Cloud (SAP DMC) Platform. It sharpens production insights from enterprise to plant level to foster continuous improvement in industrial environments using sense and respond software from SAP. You can gain a common understanding of the priority, cost, and impact of driving new and challenging improvements in standard processes and workflows. You can also track the resources, people and machines, performing the work to assess progress, and manage the variations that arise from changes to the process.

 SAP DMCi Offers:

  • Uniform, clearly defined and therefore comparable Key Performance Indicators (KPIs) within and between the plants

  • Gain real-time visibility and monitor the performance of the production process from a regional level through geographic mapping

  • Compare the performance between regions, between plants within and across regions, between work centers and resources

  • Rapid availability of data and analysis for timely response to deviations at the global and local levels

SAP DMCi Benefits:

  • Analyze manufacturing performance within a company's manufacturing facilities

  • Data collection from several different manufacturing applications and conformance of manufacturing data

  • Preconfigured industry-standard production KPIs and flexibility to extend or create new KPIs

  • Identify leading & lagging plant performance to drive leading “best practices” to lagging plants.

  • Advanced algorithms for root-cause analysis of quality defects, pattern recognition and prescriptive proposals to continuously enhance manufacturing performance

At RTS Consulting Automation, we work with companies to drive true Digital Transformation of the shop floor. Simple manufacturing digitalization, putting shop floor paper behind glass, does not equate to digital transformation!!!

Digital transformation involves leveraging technology to improve manufacturing operations. Whereby the MES blueprinting process must reshape and optimize how your business engages the manufacturing shop floor by Simplification, Optimization and Digital Transformation.