Integrating SAP and the shop floor with MICA
Together with SAP MII, the MICA is being used to directly integrate a packaging facility with SAP ERP. This reduces the IT operations and makes the packaging process more efficient.
In 2015, a pilot project that complied with the Enterprise Integration Layer (EIL) was launched to optimise the packaging station processes in the production. The aim of this project was to simplify the packaging processes by increasing IT support as well as improving support for the employees. The EIL concept entails that all the hardware and software components involved should be controlled via a central application (remotely) and that the operators need only one software program for operations.
EIL software is intuitive to use and can adapt to the particular circumstances within the process
The MICA is used to connect the shop floor directly to the SAP world. It connects the production-oriented SAP solution (SAP Manufacturing Integration and Intelligence, or SAP MII) directly to the control system. MICA acts as an OPC UA server and thus allows data to be exchanged with SAP MII. On the other end, MICA communicates with the controller (a Siemens S7-1500) using a TCP/IP-based container, so that all information required for packaging or printing can be exchanged.