Discrete Industries

Accelerate Product Development with ERP for Your Manufacturing Operations

Over the last decade, discrete industries have faced an increasing pressure to innovate. Find out how to meet the growing demand for individualized products in the digital age.

Enhance Manufacturing Operations for the Digital Age

With ever-shorter product lifecycles and a rapidly growing number of product variants, discrete manufacturing companies are facing growing challenges. They need to reduce time to market, shorten lead times, and manufacture products in smaller lot sizes. While these demands are nothing new, digitalization has upped the pace.

This calls for streamlined manufacturing operations, optimized value chains that extend across companies, as well as cutting-edge sensor technology. You can offer your customers individualized smart products with new features and services, and shift to consumption models based on the Internet of Things (IoT). By connecting machines, devices, IT and products, the IoT enables you to enhance internal manufacturing processes and create a smart factory.

Bilkent Holding A.S.

To support our group’s digital transformation journey, we needed a trusted advisor who would stay with us in the long run. itelligence fits this description perfectly and ensures that our projects run smoothly from start to finish.

Sertay Caner Sargin, Budget and Purchasing Director, Bilkent Holding

5 Success Factors in Discrete Manufacturing

Accelerate Product Development and Innovation

Today’s customers increasingly demand individualized products. This means manufacturers need highly flexible production processes and responsive material requirements planning. By utilizing tailored manufacturing solutions, you can accelerate product development and bring innovations to market faster and more cost-effectively than the competition.

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Implement End-to-End Product Lifecycle Management

Consistent product lifecycle management (PLM) from research and development to aftersales service is crucial in manufacturing operations. By taking an approach that integrates people, data, processes, systems and tools such as CAD, you can accelerate manufacturing cycle times and reduce waste. Solutions such as SAP Product Lifecycle Management increase engineering efficiency and reduce time to market.

Seize the Opportunities of the Internet of Things

The Internet of Things enables businesses in discrete manufacturing to make precise predictions based on real-time sensor data from machines and give their customers recommendations for future actions. It also paves the way to new business models, such as consumption-based contracts, allowing you to offer your customers more added value.

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Unlock the Potential of Digital Manufacturing

Manufacturers are in the midst of digital transformation. With sensor technology and advanced manufacturing execution systems, companies can unleash the potential of their data. What is more, flexible platforms help you realize the connected smart factory and facilitate better collaboration with other companies.

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Gain Real-Time Insights through Analytics

As a basis for strategic decisions, greater transparency into all manufacturing operations is required: from production planning to aftersales service. With technology for real-time monitoring and data analytics, you can leverage sensor data to create new, service-based business models and gain additional capabilities, such as predictive maintenance. Moreover, by using artificial intelligence, you can increase productivity and accuracy through automation.

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Simplify Manufacturing with SAP S/4HANA Digital Core

The overwhelming volumes of data in discrete industries are having an impact on business; manufacturers now have to simplify their IT landscape in order to handle the data and quickly turn it into actionable insights. With a next-generation ERP solution like SAP S/4HANA, you can connect machines and processes to a digital core. This allows you to monitor and analyze data from multiple sources in real time – and transform your challenges into opportunities.

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The S/4HANA Cooking Recipe

Enjoy our interview with Günter Knorr, it.machinery Program Manager at itelligence. Listen to what he says about our solution it.machinery, specially developed for the industrial machinery and components industry.

Since we were the first SAP partner worldwide who has created an innovative industry solution based on SAP S/4HANA, we know all necessary ingredients to speed up your industry processes.

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SAP for Discrete Industries: How We Can Support You

In discrete manufacturing, IT and business processes are extremely diverse and complex; itelligence can help you master them. We work closely with you to find the right SAP solutions for your needs, support implementation, and adapt your business model to capitalize on the opportunities of the Internet of Things. What is more, we also offer our own solutions and add-ons, such as it.manufacturing and it.automotive, tailored to the specific demands of the discrete industries.

For more than 20 years, we have specialized in discrete manufacturing solutions. In fact, a third of our total business is dedicated to supporting companies in this sector. To ensure we always deliver outstanding results, we have a team of 1,500 employees devoted to discrete industries, including 150 experts in IoT solutions. So whether you operate in the automotive industry or the high-tech sector, we can help you find the right solutions to successfully realize your digital transformation.

Our Specialties in Discrete Manufacturing Processes

Automotive

In the modern automotive industry, it is all about mass customization instead of mass production, and offering multiple product configurations is crucial to success.
Our solutions help you accelerate product development cycles and strengthen your supply chain.

Industrial Machinery & Components

With such a broad range of components and product variants on offer, the industrial machinery and components sector can be highly complex.
We can support you in building an attractive, intuitive online store to help your customers quickly find and order the right products.

High-Tech

The high-tech sector requires ever-faster response times and product development cycles.
With itelligence, you can rely on proven experts who support you with state-of-the-art technology and ready-to-run processes – so that you can respond to changing market conditions quickly.

4–5 Times More Revenue Generated by Value-added Services on Top of Simple Machine Connectivity.

Source: SAP Executive Overview – Powering the Fourth Industrial Revolution and the Digitalization of Business in Industrial Machinery and Components

Topics Related to Discrete Manufacturing

Cybersecurity

In light of modern developments, such as big data, cloud computing, and IoT technology, data protection is more important than ever before. Manufacturing companies require IT solutions that protect them against digital threats.

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Industrial Platforms

Thanks to connected sensors, machines can automatically alert technicians before they break down. Platforms such as SAP Leonardo and the SAP Asset Intelligence Network connect manufacturers and operators, enabling them to profit from the Industrial Internet of Things.

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User Experience

The user experience is all-important in discrete industries to help employees clearly visualize data and make informed decisions. There is also great potential for UX innovations in the smart factory, with technologies such as voice control and augmented reality changing the game.

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E-Commerce

With an intuitive online store, manufacturers and suppliers can boost revenue by making it easier for customers to compare products, configure variants, manage machinery, and order spare parts. Full integration with the ERP system streamlines the sales process.

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How Our Customers Benefit from Us

Aspen Pumps

itelligence demonstrated a solid understanding of our business requirements and recommended a compelling SAP Cloud solution. With SAP Business ByDesign, we have a comprehensive ERP solution with strong financial management and enhanced reporting. Jonathan Phillips, Group Business Systems Manager

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Nilfisk-Advance, Brøndby, Denmark

The Application Management Services (AMS) agreement with itelligence gives Nilfisk-Advance access to global resources for development work in the Group’s SAP environment.

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DuPont, Copenhagen, Denmark

The BPC training project at DuPont in Copenhagen was executed as a 30 day BPC trial, where the EPM team members at the former Danish-owned company Danisco received training in the BPC software.

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VIKING Life-Saving Equipment A/S, Esbjerg, Denmark

Before the company had to get all the information from the SAP system and eight employees in the shipping department entered the data manually into the transporters IT systems. Now the data transfer to UPS, Fedex and Danish Freighters is almost fully automated.

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Mechan Groep, Achterveld, The Netherlands

An incoming invoice has to pass through many hands. From the moment it lands in the finance department’s inbox to the moment it is created in the system, approved and paid. That is, if the process is manual.

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FOSS, Hillerød, Denmark

Foss has just completed the global CRM roll-out project of introducing SAP to all sales staff and technicians. SAP is now available on 600 employees’ telephones and tablets. Great potential for efficiency.

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WITTENSTEIN SE

WITTENSTEIN, located in Germany and being a former manufacturer of sewing machines, now produces goods such as high-precision planetary gearboxes and drive systems, which are used in companies across a wide range of industries.

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DENIOS AG

DENIOS AG, located in Germany, is a specialist in hazardous materials storage and handling, work safety as well as industry requirements and has a portfolio of over 10,000 products.

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Network Services Company

Through the decisions that have been made, NETWORK believes the company has effectively moved ahead of the curve. Recent SAP S/4HANA developments make their case even stronger.

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Hyundai Motor Europe

Implementation of SAP SuccessFactors Recruiting Management provides a Europe-wide efficient, uniform recruiting processes in the Cloud.

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More Useful Insights into Discrete Industries

How to Master Today’s Manufacturing Challenges – an itelligence Ebook

The IoT, IT consumerization, and new technologies are creating many challenges. Take a closer look at six of them and how we can help.

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Real-Time Visibility with it.commodity – for a Rapidly Changing Global Market

Today, commodity management is a crucial factor in manufacturing. it.commodity supports everything from master data to risk management.

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Make B2B Easy as B2C and Increase Your Turnover Significantly

Our preconfigured add-on, it.B2B e-commerce for machinery, masters the specific challenges of the machinery and components industry.

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Calculating Costs for New Products and Quotes with Greater Speed and Accuracy?

Quickly identify cost drivers or simulate alternatives early on in your product lifecycle – with SAP Product Lifecycle Costing.

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Read about SMEs Using Modern Technologies to Maintain Their Competitive Advantages

Find out how successful IM&C manufacturers use technology to sharpen business practices, improve agility and better serve customers.

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