Tata Consultancy Services (TCS) (www.tata.com), an IT services, business solutions and outsourcing company, has teamed with SAP AG (www.sap.com), a provider of business software, to launch the ‘Perfect Plant’ center of excellence at SAP’s facility in Newtown Square, Penn. The Perfect Plant center of excellence is operated by a global “virtual team” from TCS and SAP and will showcase SAP manufacturing applications and partner composite applications working together in a simulated plant environment. TCS says customers can leverage TCS’ experience and expertise in cutting-edge solutions along with SAP manufacturing TCS and SAP launch ‘Perfect Plant’ center of excellence software solutions to help them improve their plant efficiencies while lowering the total cost of ownership of their manufacturing infrastructure. TCS, with its Global Network Delivery Model, delivers ‘onestop’ domain expertise integrating shopfloor information into enterprise systems, enabling companies to consistently meet their business objectives.
Tata says the new center of excellence will put into action elements of SAP’s ‘Perfect Plant’ initiative, a broader program designed to help manufacturers combine global manufacturing coordination with local execution to improve end-toend manufacturing operations and financial performance. The initiative focuses on helping manufacturers reduce manufacturing costs, optimize asset utilization, deliver to customer requirements, and surpass quality and compliance objectives. It provides manufacturers with enhanced operations intelligence, a 360-degree view into all plant operations, and provides tight integration between planning, execution and business processes for cost-effective, efficient and coordinated “sense and response” to customer demands.
“The Perfect Plant Center of Excellence combines the strengths of SAP solutions in manufacturing and TCS’ engineering expertise in shop-floor systems and solutions to bring adaptive manufacturing closer to reality for global manufacturers. TCS looks forward to many other such collaborative initiatives in the future,” said Regu Ayyaswamy, TCS vice president, Engineering and Industrial Services.
SAP says that with the help of the Perfect Plant center of excellence, enterprises interested in addressing their operational challenges are able to design, develop and test solutions in a rapid prototyping mode and simulate the optimization in a riskfree environment. The benefits of implementing solutions designed at the center of excellence include reduced manufacturing and maintenance costs, increased plant efficiencies and production yields, reduced asset capital investments and inventory, reduced premium freight costs, and increased value-chain agility and customer responsiveness.