As part of a factory expansion at the industrial company HASCO, SAP specialist UNIORG is introducing a variant configurator for the manufacture and sale of standard components. Furthermore, UNIORG has implemented a warehouse management system with a crane link.
Based in Lüdenscheid, HASCO is an international leader in manufacturing products for toolmaking and die making. In 2012, the company built one of Europe’s most modern production facilities for standard components. These components are used in the plastics industry for toolmaking, and can be combined as needed using a modular system. In addition to a broad range of materials – primarily different types of steel – both shape and measurement systems are available for various tool dimensions, as well as custom dimensions and models.
“During our factory expansion in which we increased our vertical integration by one step (sawing the crude steel plates), it was our goal to consolidate the entire delivery chain and value creation process at a single location, from crude steel procurement and production to delivering the finished products,” says Marco Irmscher, head of IT at HASCO. “In order to optimally map this new complexity in the company’s IT, we decided to work with the SAP specialists from UNIORG to implement a variant configurator for sales and purchasing with full integration into the SAP ERP system we had already been using for years. We also took the opportunity to analyze, optimize and streamline all our subsequent processes from production to invoicing.”
For the many new manufacturing processes that can be combined and prioritized in a variety of ways, the configurator should not only select the most cost-effective production process, but also determine the different material components on which each process is based and take the processes’ various systems of measurement into account.
One special feature in this regard is the new “Saw” function that allows steel plates to be cut precisely from large unfinished sheets. In this process, the configurator evaluates the set of rules which is defined during planning and constantly updated and decides in the bill of material explosion whether a material can be sawed, as well as automatically triggering further steps for optimization of the remnants and saw utilization.
The new warehouse management system including a crane link ensures that all the warehouse processes are automated to the greatest extent possible with various interfaces leading to transport requests, which are then performed by the connected warehouse and crane systems. Control, status management and error handling for the crane system are performed right in the SAP system.
The advantages of the new solution for HASCO and its customers are clear: The sales department can quickly integrate a product configuration, and this solution offers far more transparency in terms of procurement and costs than before. The production department benefits from the ability to map up to four production versions of each product, having just three bills of materials and routing groups for 40,000 materials, the extensive options for manual intervention without knowledge of programming, and the easy-to-maintain dependencies.
HASCO’s success story started in Lüdenscheid, Germany, when Hugo Hasenclever founded an engraving shop in 1924. The first molds for the plastics industry were produced there in 1930. His son Rolf Hasenclever boosted the productivity of the entire industry with his 1960 invention of a modular system of standard components.
In the late 60s, the company began to focus on international business. Over 600 employees at 35 locations worldwide now ensure fast availability of the globally recognized HASCO standards. By continuing to develop its range of plates, accessories and hot runners over many decades, HASCO has become a competent partner for toolmaking and die making. Mold makers can now draw on a product range of some 80,000 components for the production of sophisticated tools worldwide.
Since Berndorf AG purchased interest in the company in 2007, Mag. Christoph Ehrlich and his management team have been continuing to follow the family business’ corporate philosophy and paving the way for the future by investing in new production technologies.
HASCO implemented one of the largest construction projects in its history and opened one of Europe’s most modern production systems for standard components in June 2012.
More information is available at: http://www.hasco.de
The companies in the Dortmund-based UNIORG Group (www.uniorg.de ) have some 150 employees and offer businesses in all industries and of all sizes an extensive range of products and services to solve their problems or implement their requirements as they design, set up, modernize and operate IT systems throughout their businesses. This includes all the aspects of conventional SAP consulting, data center services, managed services, integrated e-business solutions and intercompany integration of business information systems. For more than 38 years, the certified SAP partner has enjoyed an excellent reputation among its customers, which include major corporate groups like Atlas Copco, Eaton, Philips and Yazaki, as well as medium-sized companies from a variety of industries, such as ASK Chemicals, EJOT, Hasco, VEKA and Wilo.
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