SIMATIC IT Production Suite

Siemens MES SIMATIC IT Production Suite is a plant-centric IT solution covering all manufacturing needs. It fills the gap between Business Systems (e.g. ERP) and Control Systems, creating the conditions for an increase in efficiency at the plant and within the supply chain operations.

The Issue

To meet demand and secure profitability in the increasingly dynamic and competitive markets, manufacturers need agile supply chains, synchronized production operations and real-time plant visibility.

Because the manufacturing area is where decisions mostly affect profitability companies should integrate production metrics into business performance metrics to be able to adapt and respond to changes, increase efficiency, reduce costs of operations, and improve customer satisfaction.

This asks for an integrated IT infrastructure that controls all manufacturing elements, material, equipment, personnel, specifications and procedures and integrates with business and operation systems.

The Solution

SIMATIC IT Production Suite combines a business process modeler with a collection of highly-integrated components.

It handles production management and execution, coordinates the systems within factories, standardizes production across the entire enterprise, keeps manufacturing processes aligned with supply chain activities, and closes the gap between Business Systems (e.g. ERP) and Control Systems.

SIMATIC IT Production Modeler defines and visualizes the plant model with rules to trigger production operations.

The SIMATIC IT components offer MES functionality according to the ISA-95 international MES standard.

They cover product definition management, production order management, material management, plant performance analysis, Key Performance Indicators (KPI) calculation, Overall Equipment Effectiveness (OEE), reporting, scheduling, Laboratory Information Management (LIMS), quality assurance, and product specification management.

The Benefits

SIMATIC IT Production Suite fills the gap between Business Logistic Systems (typically, ERPs) and Con-trol Systems, providing the conditions for increasing overall supply-chain efficiency. The unique approach of SIMATIC IT allows manufacturing systems to have a wide flexibility that gives users the possibility to easily adapt and modify the business process to new requirements and business drivers.

  • SIMATIC IT Production Suite allows manufacturers to model their own business to be more customer- oriented and ready to satisfy any on-the-fly requirements from the market

  • SIMATIC IT Production Suite has also been de-signed to facilitate application roll-out to several plants, thus being extremely cost-effective in multi-site contexts

  • SIMATIC IT Production Suite helps users to comply with existing regulations effectively

SIMATIC IT Production Suite v7.0 SP2 - New Version

Supporting the new technology in SIMATIC IT
The main goal of the v7.0 SP2 release is to use the SIMATIC IT Unified Architecture Foundation (UAF) and SIMATIC IT Unified Architecture for Discrete Manufacturing (UADM) to extend the functionality of SIMATIC IT Production. This new technology has been made available through two implementations:

  • The new SIMATIC IT Production Suite setup option, excluding installation of SIMATIC IT Production Modeler

  • Support of architecture without SIMATIC IT Production Modeler (often needed for projects in discrete industries), in which a mixed approach can be followed: proven production suite functionality supplemented with features of SIMATIC IT UAF; business production modeler (BPM) functions
    using browse, read, edit, add, delete - application programming interface (BREAD - API) in order to allow plant modeling; transactional BREAD and stored procedures and calls parallelization on the client side for performances purposes.