Growth no longer allowed material planning to be managed more or less manually
The growth of a medium-sized industrial company had caused the intransparency of processes. There was no uniform access of different departments to general data, which was needed. This made an overview difficult and required permanent arrangements, inquiries and prevented a transparent cooperation. Thus, the manual administrative effort was too great.
A uniform process for material flow - from order to delivery; from the buyer to the warehouse employee
The complete material flow, material requirements planning and material consumption were illuminated as a process and digitally redesigned. In order to make the best possible use of the added value of digitization, touch screens were made available for employees in production and in the warehouse. These touch screens make it possible to enter the processing of materials or changes in stock on site at so-called entry terminals in the system directly and without "paperwork". A uniform process for the flow of materials was created - from ordering to delivery; from the buyer to the warehouse employee.
Paper sheets in the entire process
As in any larger project, some issues only became clear and transparent with hindsight. It does not always work out in the production as the work preparation imagines it and therefore decisions and clarifications have to be made. Stumbling blocks, as there are in every project. Showing, addressing and solving them is the task of good project management.
In the first few years, the use of Microsoft Excel was certainly a good way of making data visible and tracking developments. However, the maintenance was laborious and often incomplete or only very rough. The personnel expenditure for the maintenance of the Excel tables was simply not bearable in the long run.
Creation of a transparent data structure - especially parts lists, activities and resources.
In addition to fast and intuitive data entry, it was important that the data is available to all departments and that other software programs can access it. General interfaces are important.
The contact person at the customer's site should have a command of the internal processes both commercially and technically. A basic IT knowledge including ERP experience is desirable and increases project performance.
After concept approval, the first entry masks were developed in a test environment and tested with concrete orders and processes. Feedback was incorporated and only then was the mapping of the next process begun - step by step.
Where is the data?
The data is and remains the property of the customer and is located in his IT environment. He is responsible for the data, in particular for data security and data protection.