Sharp Corporation creates information agility with SAP and IBM

Published on 06-Oct-2010

Validated on 02 Dec 2013

Customer:
Sharp Corporation

Industry:
Electronics

Deployment country:
Japan

Solution:
BA - Business Intelligence, Enterprise Resource Planning, Optimizing IT, Optimizing IT, Service Oriented Architecture

IBM Business Partner:
SAP

Overview

Sharp has created a first-of-a-kind new integrated manufacturing facility, called ‘Green Front SAKAI’, with 19 suppliers and business partners under one roof operating integrated systems in a single virtual company.

Business need:
Green Front SAKAI is based on the principle of completely eliminating waste, accelerating manufacturing performance and maximizing operating efficiency.

Solution:
Sharp deployed IBM Power Systems p595 servers running IBM AIX®, IBM DB2®, IBM WebSphere® Application Server, IBM WebSphere MQ, IBM WebSphere Message Broker, IBM Tivoli® OMEGAMON®, IBM Global Integrated View Planner and IBM Global Integrated View Enterprise MES. A service-oriented architecture (SOA) approach was developed with the aim of maintaining the corporation’s technological lead.

Benefits:
For the first time, across the entire LCD panel production facility, stock, sales and accounting information from raw materials to finished goods can be viewed in real time, helping executives to maximize operating efficiency. Stock, sales and accounting information can all be viewed in real time, which is a vast improvement on the conventional scenario of next-day or –week access. This has facilitated the maximization of operating efficiency.

Case Study

Sharp has created a first-of-a-kind new integrated manufacturing facility, called ‘Green Front SAKAI’ (http://www.sharp.co.jp/sakai/en/enter.html), with 19 suppliers and business partners under one roof operating integrated systems in a single virtual company. Green Front SAKAI is based on the principle of completely eliminating waste, accelerating manufacturing performance and maximizing operating efficiency.

Sharp deployed IBM Power Systems p595 servers running IBM AIX®, IBM DB2®, IBM WebSphere® Application Server, IBM WebSphere MQ, IBM WebSphere Message Broker, IBM Tivoli® OMEGAMON®, IBM Global Integrated View Planner and IBM Global Integrated View Enterprise MES.

A service-oriented architecture (SOA) approach was developed, with the aim of maintaining the corporation’s technological lead. Working with IBM Global Business Services and business partner SI Solutions, Sharp has for the first time incorporated an SOA-based approach with a focus on SAP ERP and SAP NetWeaver PI.

Benefits
For the first time, across the entire LCD panel production facility, stock, sales and accounting information from raw materials to finished goods can be viewed in real time, helping executives to maximize operating efficiency. Having a real-time view of this information is a vast improvement on the conventional scenario of next-day or –week access, and it has facilitated maximization of operating efficiency. In addition to significant stock reductions compared to the conventional production facility as a result of trade and distribution reforms, benefits include improved data precision arising from elimination of loss attributable to human error, as well as elimination of inputting errors.

Products and services used

IBM products and services that were used in this case study.

Hardware:
Power Systems, System p, System p: Power 595

Software:
AIX, DB2 Universal Database Enterprise Edition, WebSphere MQ, WebSphere Message Broker, WebSphere Application Server

Service:
IBM-SAP Alliance, IBM Global Business Services

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