In order to optimize processes and use data more quickly, globally-positioned suppliers are modernizing their ERP systems.
"Ernst components can be found in almost every vehicle," advertises this supplier from Zusenhofen near Oberkirch. And they mean around the world. Developed and manufactured for the global automobile industry and its system suppliers, Ernst manufactures formed casings for airbags, electric motors and electronic components, and elements for transmission, cooling systems, and emission technology.
With locations in France, China and the USA, the company has centralized its development and project management at its headquarters in Germany. Foreign employees are familiarized here with standardized business processes and the abas ERP software to provide efficient planning, production, and delivery to all locations. Three servers are linked internationally via Ernst’s ERP network. One houses the actual abas ERP with the "master file data proxy" that synchronizes the data in the subsidiaries. Another server mirrors the production server and guarantees system stability; a third acts as a test server.
"We have been working successfully with abas since 1993. Thanks to the yearly upgrades we are always at the cutting edge," explains Rolf Wingert, IT Team Leader ERP at Ernst. The software is used in all divisions: sales, purchasing, controlling, project management, accounting, and production. In the warehouse, goods and movements are recorded with scales and identification systems such as barcode scanners. 80% of the data exchanged with Ernst customers is carried out via EDI.
Recently their own suppliers were tied into the ERP system using the abas eBusiness solution EB. "This has simplified communication with our suppliers immensely," says Rolf Wingert. "Implementing the barcode scanner solution has finally made tracking & tracing possible."
abas is showcasing its applications at CeBIT 2016 at ERP & HR Solutions . This software firm from Karlsruhe, which specializes in medium-sized enterprises, is one of the largest exhibitors in Hall 5.
Another provider exhibiting here is Asseco Solutions from Karlsruhe. A part of the Asseco Group, Europe’s seventh largest IT provider according to the company, it, like abas, specializes in ERP solutions for SMEs. One practical example that Asseco is showcasing in Hannover is Knuth Werkzeugmaschinen GmbH. Until 2009 this family firm with 300 employees, five German locations, and 40 agents worldwide, used another provider’s ERP system. After that, as Christian Wenzel, Head of IT at Knuth remembers, the company began looking for an "advanced, web-based solution platform in particular as a strategic investment to continue to improve our competitiveness." For this manufacturer and dealer of machine tools that uses conventional and CNC construction methods, integrating shop-floor scheduling was especially important. In addition, purchasing, materials management, production, sales, and financial accounting needed to be mapped continuously.
With Asseco’s APplus all this was possible. The continuous mapping of relevant manufacturing sequences helped improve efficiency and adherence to delivery dates, Wenzel confirms. And thanks to the system’s flexible architecture, it can be customized at any time by the company’s own personnel. At the moment, around 80 users at Knuth are working with the system.