Discover the Intelligent Enterprise at SAPPHIRE NOW: SAP Digital Supply Chain with iOS

This year during SAPPHIRE NOW, visit the visionary intelligent enterprise showcase SAP Digital Supply Chain with iOS, located in the Industries pavilion. Find out how SAP is co-innovating with Apple to bring the digital supply chain to life.

In SAP’s vision for the Intelligent Enterprise, an integrated suite of business applications — infused with intelligent technologies and powered by a robust digital platform — delivers data-driven insights in a dynamic operational environment. Business outcomes are achieved through a customer-centric supply chain that digitally connects all processes end-to-end, bringing greater precision, speed, and purpose to the enterprise. Mobile users are empowered with critical enterprise data from next-generation apps, enabling them to make decisions at the customer site and take action.

Sharing a common vision for providing an agile, intuitive, and secure user experience, SAP and Apple are co-innovating to help enterprises to transform their business and to revolutionize the mobile work experience with best-in-class, on-device capabilities. These enterprise iOS mobile apps — created by developers and designers using the latest tools like SAP Cloud Platform SDK for iOS and SAP Fiori for iOS — are being made available so that businesses can start their digital transformation today.

Next week, you can experience SAP’s vision for the Intelligent Enterprise at SAPPHIRE NOW. The visionary intelligent enterprise showcase SAP Digital Supply Chain with iOS presents a proof-of-concept for how multiple SAP business applications, SAP Cloud Platform, and Apple technologies integrate to complete a mobile design-to-operate scenario for the digital supply chain. This realistic business showcase is enhanced with leading-edge intelligent technologies — including SAP Leonardo technologies like machine learning and the Internet of Things (IoT), and on-device iOS capabilities, like Apple Core ML and Apple ARKit — to provide visitors with a rich, immersive experience that brings the digital supply chain to life.

SAPPHIRE NOW Showcase: SAP Digital Supply Chain with iOS

The SAP Digital Supply Chain with iOS showcase contains four scenes that follow the design-to-operate scenario and takes visitors through a mobile digital supply chain scenario enhanced with Apple technologies – from the design of new smart products to their manufacture, delivery by logistics processes, and operation at the customer site with after-sales maintenance and service.

Scene 1: Design

The showcase starts with a short video that visualizes an integrated, collaborative design process for a machine part; in this case, a valve. Consolidated customer feedback is collected and collated using  SAP Asset Intelligence Network. A requirements engineer reviews and categorizes the feedback, which is used to create a set of market requirements and new product specifications. The designer then begins work on a new generation valve using 3D visualization. In closing, a complete product structure is generated and handed off to sourcing and manufacturing.

Scene 2: Logistics

A warehouse operator works on her tasks for the day using the Warehouse Picker app, a mobile app that integrates with SAP Extended Warehouse Management to optimize the inbound and outbound picking process. Using the indoor navigation features of the app, she goes through the warehouse picking parts required to assemble the valve. At one of the bins, the app asks her to perform an ad-hoc inventory check to trigger re-ordering of low stock items. This automated procedure, developed with Apple Core ML and Apple ARKit plus SAP Leonardo Machine Learning, results in the creation of a physical inventory document.

Scene 3: Production

Using the WorkerUI app, a production operator has all the information he needs to manage the production process and organize his day. The app integrates with SAP Digital Manufacturing Cloud for execution and SAP Environment, Health, and Safet Management to fully support the production  worker in the assembly process by providing relevant data and work instructions – including tools to use, batch number, and serial number entries, plus a training tutorial. A digital Bill of Materials is created in parallel during the assembly process, based on barcode scanning using the native camera on iOS. While inspecting the parts, the production worker can create maintenance orders and record incidents involving faulty assembly parts. When the inspection is finished, the time, operation activity, and inspection data will be sent to the cloud for synchronization.

In parallel, the manufacturer publishes a new manual for the assembly of the valve. This information is distributed through SAP Asset Intelligence Network, a global network that brings together the manufacturers, service providers, and operators of the assets to collaborate around shared information based on digital twins of the equipment. SAP Asset Intelligence Network allows the manufacturer to maintain product information only once and distribute it to all operators. This helps ensure that all participants of the network are using the same correct equipment information.

Scene 4: Operate

A maintenance technician at the customer site responds to a work order displayed in the SAP Asset Manager mobile app. He can see that while the valve is not yet damaged beyond operation, SAP Predictive Maintenance and Service has initiated the high-priority work order based on data collected by SAP Leonardo IoT indicating a pressure drop trend in the valve. This type of predictive maintenance increases assets’ durability, which promotes sustainability and waste management.

The information displayed in the work order includes background about its creation, sensor data coming from asset sensors, asset details, job steps, important safety information, and asset location. While checking the repair history and unusual flow readings, the asset manager decides to take a closer look by disassembling the part. He opens the augmented reality overlay, powered by ARKit, to go through step-by-step instructions in SAP 3D Visual Enterprise. Aided by machine learning, he retrieves various data about the valve and gains more insight about the cause of the pressure changes. SAP CoPilot provides feedback suggesting that the O-ring seal is worn and needs to be replaced.

The asset manager attaches an annotated image of the part and places the work order on hold until a new part arrives. Finally, he sends feedback to manufacturer via SAP Asset Intelligence Network to ensure that the O-ring seal model will be replaced with a thicker version. This feedback closes the loop in the design-to-operate scenario.

Start Your Digital Supply Chain Project at SAPPHIRE NOW in 2019

Find out more about this visionary intelligent enterprise showcase at SAPPHIRE NOW, where you will have the opportunity to talk with SAP experts and partners about how to integrate enterprise iOS apps into your digital supply chain processes. Discover why SAP believes the digital supply chain is the key for intelligent enterprises to connect digitally to perfect reality.