Technology focus:

SAP S/4HANA PLM and  Engineering Control Center

Today’s manufacturers need requirements-driven products brought to market faster than ever. Smarter and iterative R&D all starts with the integration of your product structure into SAP S/4 HANA. Even if your design programs sit outside of the SAP landscape, you’ll be able to integrate directly from your CAD drawings - using the structure in the CAD system to define your bill of materials in S4 HANA.

SAP S/4 HANA’s powerful digital capabilities facilitate seamless integration between your R&D and downstream manufacturing departments, enabling an iterative and collaborative approach to design and build that results in a faster time to market of more desirable and profitable products. With your BOM defined in SAP S4 HANA, handover to manufacturing is made much easier.

Even with manufacture underway, design never stops - and the product structure continues to evolve in the engineering system. Whether its due to obsolete parts or simply better designs, transmitting those engineering changes requires a highly controlled process with full visibility of design history - all of which can be managed effectively by SAP S/4 Manufacturing.

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1. Benchmarking against best practice

Integration with SAP’s S/4HANA platform has delivered product development efficiencies and increased initiative success rates for manufacturers around the world. Our work with you starts by establishing best-practice processes on a global scale, identifying how your current R&D operation stacks up against the best in the business.

2. Implementation & optimisation

Whether you are starting a new implementation or digitising an existing SAP landscape, AgilityWorks can help - taking your Product Data Management into SAP using CAD, or integrating PLM systems into S4 HANA using the Engineering Control Centre. We recognise the key overlap between S4 and PLM, and can advise on how to model between the two.


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3. Showing you the future

Let us introduce you to Visual Enterprise. Integrated into S/4HANA, SAP’s Visualisation tool represents an exciting step forward for R&D teams. Rather than paper-based or Powerpoint work instructions for operators, Visual Enterprise allows you to make 3D movies based on your CAD images - resulting in a paperless shop floor and streamlining the raising of defects (with every image loaded with meta data). The images can also be integrated into production and maintenance orders.

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“Now, we’re all working from one set of numbers and we’ve made life easier for our sales team.”


Supply Chain Director, Müller Dairy (UK)