SAP SE has announced it will showcase new technology to accelerate the adoption of Additive Manufacturing in mainstream manufacturing and supply chains at this year’s Hannover Fair, taking place in Hannover, Germany, April 24- 28. In collaboration with EOS, APWorks, Linear AMS and Heraeus, SAP will demonstrate three key scenarios: highlighting the potential for seamless connectivity, collaborating in the design process and machine system management.
SAP will demonstrate how EOS machines can be connected to SAP Manufacturing Execution (ME) and SAP ERP via the SAP Plant Connectivity (PCo) solution. With this seamless connection, 3D models are transferred from SAP PLM to SAP ME/ERP and then to an EOS machine. Once the builds are processed on the EOS machine, the result of the build and any error codes are published back to SAP ME. With this seamless connectivity, customers can embed AM machines into their manufacturing setup with full visibility and control.
The company will also showcase its latest solution, SAP Distributed Manufacturing, which will help manufacturing companies collaborate with AM machine manufacturers, service bureaus and material companies through the design and quality collaboration processes. With an intuitive 3D viewer, quality collaboration modules and RFQ integration into SAP S/4 Cloud, all participants will have same view of the collaboration at any time and the streamlined way to manage this process will help them to get the parts optimised, the best material identified or even developed, the parts approved for procurement more quickly.
Also, with the integration to a pricing service from Linear AMS, it will be shown how instant prices for a build or print job can be provided.
Lastly, SAP will showcase how AM machine manufacturers and customers can collaborate and deliver Additive Manufacturing as a service. Leveraging the integration with SAP Plant Connectivity solution, to exchange information like counter readings or error codes, AM machine manufacturers will be able to manage AM machines leased out at multiple service bureaus. Through SAP solutions like SAP Plant Connectivity and Asset Intelligence Network (AIN), all participating companies will have full visibility of the usage, capacity and availability of the AM machines and other related equipment. With the new level of visibility, AM machine manufacturers will now be able to monitor the health of the AM machines and provide help and needed maintenance before any problems occur at customer sites.