Production Process Management is a new way to ensure manufacturing information is managed effectively across any manufacturing organization based on YOUR processes. Eliminate the information silos and view your business as a set of processes. Processes are designed to follow chronological steps of how you want to accomplish a manufacturing task by connecting and supporting predefined sequenced events. A process may be fully electronic, fully or partially manual, or a combination. One key thought is that a PPM process can be quickly modeled, tested and deployed exactly to fit the given business requirement irrespective of any software application.
PPM is not a software application but a process modeling and execution framework that fits in any manufacturing environment. This example shows a simple production process where the task is to retrieve the amount of scrap produced from each plant at the end of each shift and calculate the scrap percentage of the finished product produced on that shift. The PPM platform will initiate this process automatically at the shift end by collecting the scrap and finished goods data and making the calculation. The information is then sent to the ERP system as part of the financial and metrics measurement administrative processes.
A major aircraft manufacturer is planning to link its enterprise level applications such as PLM and ERP, and suppliers’ enterprise information systems, to the plant floor using process technology. The most obvious advantages of PPM include enterprise-wide incremental process deployment and process revision with minimum disruption to the user; the Gartner described build-to-change strategy rather than a build-to-last approach.
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