top MES: a Manufacturing Execution System from top flow for SAP ERP and SAP S/4HANA
Seamless integration, certified for SAP and ready for Industry 4.0
For decades now, the push towards the automation of production workflows has been gaining in momentum. Over this time period, processes have been digitalized as comprehensively and end-to-end as possible under the keyword „Industry 4.0“. Machines and systems acquire data through many different sensors, exchange the data, and route it to downstream systems, e.g., for evaluation. Manufacturing Execution Systems (MES) take on a special role here. The MES software produces the connection between the equipment on the shop floor – where PLC is used to connect to machines and systems – and the ERP system, providing for vertical integration of data. In upcoming years, MES systems will also contribute even more to horizontal data integration by connecting different functional areas with one another.
This will make Manufacturing Execution Systems a crucial data hub in networked production. For this reason alone, it is essential for a forward-thinking company to introduce a suitable MES. Ideally, a new MES system should be SAP-compatible and should be compatible with the existing database that is based on SAP ERP or SAP S/4HANA.
top MES with the typical functions of a Manufacturing Execution System
top MES: the Manufacturing Execution System for SAP-based solutions
The MES software from top flow is seamlessly integrated into SAP ERP and SAP S/4HANA. This is what differentiates our system from classic solutions on the market. And it adds a crucial advantage: top MES as a Manufacturing Execution System is embedded directly in SAP ERP or SAP S/4HANA and can therefore access the existing database bidirectionally. That is, data can be called up from the database or be saved there – in real time. The data is not stored redundantly, which minimizes overhead and boosts data quality. In addition, no interfaces need to be programmed or maintained. This too has a beneficial influence on overhead.
In addition, top MES is overlaid on the objects and functionalities of SAP ERP or SAP S/4HANA and extends them in a targeted way. This is extremely beneficial to users, because they can continue to work in their familiar environments. IT department employees benefit too, because they do not need to operate an additional system, but can instead just implement the supplemental functions of a Manufacturing Execution System on the foundation of an existing SAP system. The bottom line is that our MES software is SAP-compatible.
Overview of top MES advantages
Depicts the situation on the shop floor, providing for full transparency
Supplies key indicators of shop floor performance – and does so with the desired granularity
Organizes data exchange between the shop floor and the business world in real time
Supplements SAP objects and functions in specific ways
Avoids redundant data storage in two systems
Is integrated directly in SAP ERP or SAP S/4HANA without an interface
Is certified for SAP ERP 6.0 and SAP S/4HANA
Standard functionalities of top MES
Collects machine data and production data
Integrates IoT-capable assets
Transfers data to downstream systems
Links data from the shop floor to data from the ERP system
Visualizes data to clarify the situation on the shop floorEvaluates data in real time to actively indicate violations of upper or lower limits or faults