Exploring the Integration of SAP Digital Manufacturing with SAP S/4HANA


After completing this lesson, you will be able to:

  • Understand the possible integrations of SAP Digital Manufacturing with SAP S/4HANA

Data Exchange Between SAP S/4HANA and SAP Digital Manufacturing​

The integration of master data and transactional data between SAP S/4HANA and SAP Digital Manufacturing enables seamless data flow and synchronization between these two systems.

When it comes to data, we differentiate between two distinct types: Master Data and Transactional Data. Now, let's proceed to understand how this integration functions.

Master Data

SAP S/4HANA serves as the core Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) system, managing various production-relevant business processes, such as procurement, production planning, inventory management, and more.

Master data is generated and updated in our ERP system and then replicated to SAP Digital Manufacturing.

Broaden your understanding by further exploring how the data exchange between SAP S/4HANA and SAP Digital Manufacturing operates.

You do not need to transfer all master data objects from SAP S/4HANA to SAP Digital Manufacturing to be able to execute production.

Materials and work centers or resources are required. Routings, recipes, bill of materials, and production versions are also transmitted with the order, but transferring them separately is optional.

Transactional Data

In the integration between SAP S/4HANA and SAP Digital Manufacturing, important transactional data, such as production or process orders, inventory data, and quality inspection information, is shared from the ERP system to the execution system to manage manufacturing operations.

Conversely, SAP Digital Manufacturing sends back data, such as operation confirmations with yield, scrap, and time efforts, component consumption, inspection results, goods receipts of manufactured goods and order status updates, to SAP S/4HANA. This maintains real-time production monitoring and inventory updates.

Learn more about the integration between the two systems.

Transactional Data from SAP S/4HANA

Let's explore the process and the specific type of transaction data that is transferred from SAP S/4HANA to SAP Digital Manufacturing.

Document Records

Documentation records, such as standard operating procedures and detailed assembly instructions, which are maintained in SAP S/4HANA and linked to an order, are concurrently transmitted with the order itself. Once in the Manufacturing Execution System (MES), the worker has the capability to access and display the associated document info record, providing them with additional necessary information.

Data from SAP Digital Manufacturing

Learn more about the transfer of transactional data between SAP Digital Manufacturing and SAP S/4HANA.

Data Exchange for In-Process Inspection and Batch Records

In one business scenario, you might want to execute an in-process inspection and record data in an inspection lot in SAP S/4HANA. In an alternative business scenario, you might not want to save information in an inspection lot in SAP S/4HANA, but directly in the batch classification of the manufactured product. With SAP Digital Manufacturing, the production worker can record data points that are then transmitted back to SAP S/4HANA. Depending on the master data setup, the recorded data is transferred either to the inspection lot or to the batch record.

When an in-process inspection with inspection lots is set up in SAP S/4HANA, releasing the order creates the inspection lot. The inspection lot data is transmitted together with the order data to SAP Digital Manufacturing. Consequently, this enables production workers to record inspection results directly on the shop floor in SAP Digital Manufacturing. The recorded data is transmitted back to SAP S/4HANA and can be reviewed by the quality engineer in the inspection lot.

If you want to save information in the batch record, the master data specialist sets up the batch information in SAP Digital Manufacturing. During production execution, the production worker also records data points which are transmitted back to SAP S/4HANA and saved in the batch record.

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