The entire global industrial automation market comes together every year at the HANOVER FAIR. Between April 11 and 15, 2005, over 6,000 exhibitors from 60 countries will be presenting their technological innovations for all sectors of industry at a total of eleven flagship fairs. One of these fairs is Digital Factory, which was launched last year and focuses on Product Lifecycle Management (PLM). Under the slogan “Engineering, Planning, Manufacturing, Service”, the fair is aimed specifically at clients and other interested parties from the automotive and supplier industries, mechanical and plant engineering, the electrical and electronics industries, and the chemical and pharmaceutical sectors. The innovations presented on the 4,500m² exhibition space in hall 16 are aimed primarily at small and midsize manufacturing companies. Digital Factory is also a point of reference for decision makers from production, logistics, and purchasing. Furthermore, special presentations will deal with trends in modern automation technology. For instance, the Digital Factory marketplace is a central communication platform and point of contact providing SMBs with targeted information on the broad spectrum of IT solutions. Visitors to the booths, which focus on design, planning, production, and service/consulting, will receive professional and neutral advice.
SAP’s booth is also aimed at SMBs. Topic-related workplaces give users an insight into the developments of SAP technology for the whole of the industrial automation sector. Key aspects here include solutions for SMBs plus issues relating to planning, production, design, and product innovation. New production-specific functions provide SMBs with a clear all-round view for monitoring and optimizing complex production processes. Further focal points for SAP are Product Lifecycle Management (PLM), adaptive manufacturing, and industrial solutions for mechanical and plant engineering. The following SMB partners will also be represented at the booth: CIDEON Software; COSCOM Computer; FORCAM, Industrie Informatik, itelligence, Kaba Benzing, LaserIDENT, MPDV Mikrolab, PSI-BT, Siemens A&D AS MES, Steeb Anwendungssysteme, STRATON IT-Consulting, Unirez, Wonderware, and Yokogawa.
Key areas of discussion at the 2005 fair include the SAP solutions mySAP All-in-One and SAP Business One, both of which are specifically tailored to SMBs. SAP Business One is aimed at SMBs with less complex demands on software solutions. These companies, sometimes also branches or business partners of large corporations, are generally less dependent on customized solutions and special industry-specific functionality. For this reason, the functional scope of the standard software solution covers all core areas of the company, from accounts and purchasing to administration and banking transactions. In addition, the Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) system is equipped with standardized interfaces to internal and external data sources, handheld computers, CRM applications, and various analysis programs. SAP Business One has now integrated powerful new Material Requirements Planning (MRP) functions for use in small production companies into its core business processes. The Customer Relationship Management (CRM) functions have also been enhanced. SAP Business One can be installed within a few days and is intuitive to operate. SAP supports fast-growing companies that need more powerful solutions by offering them various migration options to mySAP Business Suite.
The complete solutions of the mySAP All-in-One range, which are pre-configured for specific core processes, are ideal for companies with particular industry-specific demands on the corporate software. The application solutions based on the mySAP Business Suite platform are implemented by SAP partners with experience of SMBs and specific industries, and can be enhanced with additional functions if required. Around 80 different industry-specific solutions are currently available.
Cooperation with experienced and certified partners means that both solutions satisfy the needs of each company, as they are tailored to specific requirements – and thus also contribute to greater flexibility and reduced costs.