SAP MII - flexible, standardized and scalable
SAP MII is a NetWeaver (Java) based, standardized and highly flexible scalable IT platform. As the central information interface, it ensures that all production data are visible in real-time - including information on orders, materials, machine status, quantities, costs and product quality. By connecting existing manufacturing control systems or MDA / PDA terminals, touch screens, scanners and other mobile input devices, all relevant data sources and data receivers are networked without integration gaps.
Visualizing with SAP MII
Visualization is an important prerequisite for better understanding and faster decision making in manufacturing. Using SAP MII, user-dependent information can be presented easily and in real-time in material flow overviews, system monitors, control rooms, dashboards and cockpits, as well as KPIs such as OEE reports. SAP SSCE is a powerful drag and drop environment in SAP MII to create dashboards. The HTML5-based SAPUI5 technology forms the future foundation for fast interface development and mobile applications with MII.
SAP MII Architectures
SAP MII was developed and optimized for use in the process industry and also serves as the basis for all SAP Manufacturing Execution (SAP ME) applications in discreet manufacturing for the seamless integration in SAP ERP. SAP MII forms the foundation across all industries and is both the interface from SAP ME to SAP ERP (MEINT), as well as between SAP MII and SAP PCo and Worker UI. SAP MII is based on NetWeaver (MII 12.2 with NetWeaver 7.3) and a Java implementation. Applications like SAP OEE or SAP Batch Manufacturing are based on SAP MII.
Shop Floor integration via SAP MII
SAP MII can be operated in central (data center) or decentralized (on-site) configurations - or in mixed configurations - and requires its own server instance.
Example of a regional SAP MII concept
With SAP OEE (Overall Equipment Effectiveness) Management allows you to measure and analyze plant performance. A predefined OEE Dashboard can be used to diplay and record relevant data (PDA).
History of SAP MII
When SAP acquired the company Lighthammer in 2005, the goal was clear: The ERP company software was now to be directly connected to manufacturing operations, joining existing departments such as Finance, Marketing, Sales, Purchasing, Quality management, and many others. The company Lighthammer was a specialist in production data integration and at the vanguard of web-based visualization. With its product, Lighthammer had developed one of the first data hubs for production data. SAP Manufacturing Integration and Intelligence (MII) technology developed out of this. Beginning in the year 2000, Trebing + Himstedt was the exclusive partner in the DACH Region and developed important projects in the Swiss pharmaceutical industry and German chemical industry which formed the basis for today's global use by numerous companies. From 2006, SAP seamlessly integrated the unique expertise of Trebing + Himstedt in many joint co-innovation projects, for example batch manufacturing. Trebing + Himstedt implemented all versions from MII 11.5 to 14.0 and is today the leading SAP MII partner.
The current SAP MII architecture is an ideal addition to the SAP portfolio because it allows SAP to connect leading providers of HMI, SPS and histories via a configurable interface using simple plug-and-play.