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SAP Plant Connectivity (PCo) is an add-on component to SAP Manufacturing Integration and

Intelligence (SAP MII) that provides bidirectional connectivity with a manufacturing automation
control system such as supervisory control and data acquisition (SCADA), distributed
control system (DCS), or Plant Data

Shop Floor Connectivity via OPC

SAP Plant Connectivity (PCo) offers a comprehensive communications infrastructure to
facilitate the exchange of information between the production level and SAP
Manufacturing Execution Systems (MES) and SAP ERP.

Since it uses standard communications interfaces, SAP PCo features high flexibility and
can be configured quickly and easily. PCo is based on Microsoft .NET Framework and
uses web service technology.

SAP PCo is configured using the client application "Plant Connectivity Management

Functional Scope

PCo consists of the following elements:

 Source system
 Target system
 Agent instance
 Notification

SAP Plant Connectivity provides a buffering mechanism that supports network-based

high-speed machine-level communication. In doing so, resources can be controlled so
that a business system does not have to be called up each time.

SAP PCo Communication Architecture


SAP PCo Architecture Example

Source System
The source system is the system from which information is retrieved by PCo. Using
manufacturer-independent standards, a PCo installation can communicate with different
source systems, such as:

 PCC Standard (OPC); PCo supports the following OPC specifications:

- OPC Unified Architecture (UA)

- OPC Data Access (DA)
- OPC Historical Data Access (HDA)
- OPC Alarms & Events (A&E)
 OLE DB (z. B. ODBC, MS Excel und MS Access)
 File Monitor
 Socket

Target System
The target system describes the system to which information is to be sent by PCo. The
following target systems are capable of receiving data:

 SAP Manufacturing Execution (SAP ME)

 SAP Manufacturing Integration and Intelligence (SAP MII)
 SAP Cloud Platform for SAP IoT Solutions
 Business Suite-Systeme, e.g. SAP ERP or SAP EWM

Agent instance – individual connection

Agent instances are created using SAP PCo which provide high-performance data
connections between SAP applications and industry-specific standard sources.
Examples include standard sources for the plastics, semiconductor or food industries.

SAP PCo provides notification functions with which the data source elements or tags
can be monitored for changes. According to the configured triggers, corresponding
messages are initiated and the required tags are sent to the defined target
systems. The notification functions supplement the functions of the components of the
SAP MII Universal Data Server (UDS).

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SAP Plant Connectivity (PCo)

SAP Plant Connectivity (PCo) is a framework and provides a set of services and
management tools to connect with systems, management equipment, files,
historians, TCP Sockets and the standard SAP software SAP ME, SAP MII, SAP
EWM and SAP ODA. PCo is an application developed in Microsoft.Net and a fixed
part in the SAP Manufacturing Suite.

Use SAP Plant Connectivity to retrieve data from sensors on the production floor and to process it into useful
information in SAP ME and SAP ERP. This comes directly from the machines, the PLCs and/or SCADA.

 PCo can be quickly configured. No customization is needed to connect source systems to the Shop Floor

 PCo can communicate with a large number of software systems in the workplace.
 PCo system can be configured for one or more locations.

PCo, the heart of the Manufacturing web

The power of SAP Plant Connectivity is the extensive set of connection types that appear on the production floor
and the bidirectional exchange of data between the Shop Floor and the Top Floor.
PCo communicates according to the following protocols:




 Socket Agent

Processing of data towards SAP:

 MII Destination

 RFC Destination


Configuration in SAP Plant Connectivity (PCo)

This optional integrated business scenario, SAP Plant Connectivity (PCo), describes the configuration and setup of

the OPC Server, KepServerEX5, and SAP PCo. The OPC Server is the common piece of software that

communicates with all the shop floor equipment. PCo collects data from the OPC Server, based on trigger events in

the equipment’s controls, and then sends this data to SAP Manufacturing Execution (ME) to be viewed in the Data

Collections Results Report in ME.

Machine integration through PCo into SAP ME enables real-time data to be displayed in SAP ME from the plant

floor. PCo provides notification capabilities, which allow you to monitor data source items or tags for changes. You

can also perform expression-based evaluations (If OvenRecipeName==White and OvenProfile==1 THEN (on true,

collect OvenTemp data)) before mapping the data into a standard message format that is delivered to ME.
Function list
 Kepware OPC Server Configuration

 Defining Channels

 Defining Devices

 SAP ME System Configuration

 Defining Users

 Logging On to SAP ME with SITE_ADMIN

 SAP PCo System Configuration

 Importing the PCo Configuration

 Defining Source Systems

 Defining Destination Systems (SAP ESP Server)

 Defining Agent Instances (SAP ESP Server)

 Defining Destination Systems (Customer-Specific Logic)

 Defining Agent Instances (Customer-Specific Logic)

 Kepware KepServerEX 5 OPC Server Master Data Configuration

 Defining OPC Server Tags (SAP ESP Server)

 Defining OPC Server Tags (Customer-Specific Logic)

 SAP PCo Master Data Configuration (SAP ESP Server)

 Defining Agent Instance Subscription Items

 Defining Agent Instance Notification

 SAP PCo Master Data Configuration (Customer-Specific Logic)

 Defining Agent Instance Subscription Items

 Defining Agent Instance Notification