Supply Chain Management

Out of the box solutions based on our long-standing experience

Automate buying processes with PCC collaboration

Digital Purchasing based on DCC makes it possible to achieve considerable increases in efficiency in the handling process. The buyer then has more time for the buyer’s primary tasks, thus increasing the quality of his work.
Increased transparency of processes, faster processing times and respective decrease in costs are further benefits. This is based on the idea of creating a “paperless” process.
All these processes make it possible for the buyer to manage all the relevant documents electronically in a secure and efficient manner:

  • Directly related to the transaction
  • General (supplier information etc.)
  • Procurement of external documents (certificates, supplier declarations, etc.)
  • Setting up digital file systems with a cockpit for files or folders
  • Automatic generation and tracking of digital correspondence via e-mail or web portal (automated collaboration platform).
  • Change management

The DCC (Document Control Centre) solution is fully integrated in the SAP ERP processes and is able to implement the processes in a simple and scalable manner.

plan your production running

The aim of the solution is to bring construction and manufacturing processes closer together. High-quality data is needed for automated supply chain or production. The starting point for the process is construction with CAD models based on product structure planning in MCC (Material Control Centre).
The product structure is modelled via the MCC (Material Control Centre), which is embedded in the SAP iPPE functionality. Starting with non-redundant CAD models a development bill of materials (E-BOM) is documented. Material master data is generated rule-based for production and procurement based on MCC. This enables the CAD modelling and material master data planning to be perfectly separated. Production and sales variants (F-BOM) are planned independently of CAD modelling. Based on this initial position the manufacturing-logistics view for the product will then be created (see diagram on the left) via the likewise integrated PCC (Production Control Centre). Thanks to the integrated data model it is possible to trace back changes in the CAD structure down to the manufacturing structure with ease.

Projectoriented buying

Using the SAP Project Management System (PS) enables the processes in product development and development for customer orders ETO (Engineered to Order) to be mapped efficiently. This generally occurs by many development activities in parallel.
Starting with PCC-PS integration individual components (i.e. advance procurement, long-term parts) or assembly groups or whole product structures can. Thanks to the use of project-oriented procurement the whole document chain will be provided with the correct data in the SAP process. Functions from the progress control area and digital procurement can also be used and are fully integrated.

Advance control

With the “Progress Tracking” function a powerful tool for tracking schedules in company processes is available. Based on freely definable event chains it is possible to model complex schedule interdependencies (each with origin, planned, actual and forecast).
This means scenarios for scheduling documents can be combined with scenarios for scheduling materials. Scheduled dates for example can be imported here from the SAP-PS module or from other ERP data sources.
By appropriately deriving deadlines, which automatically come from postings and the document chain in the SAP system, it is possible to create a focused assessment of delays in schedules for planned events and allocations of work on hand to organisational departments. These will then be shown in the corresponding progress tracking cockpit.
The main advantage in using progress tracking for following up on deadlines is, on the one hand, largely automated scheduling and derivation of dates, as well as, on the other hand, the possibility to freely model and design the supply chain for the participating entities (document logistics and material logistics) when it comes to tracking schedules.
From construction to shipping processes consistent chains of events can be defined and tracked. A set of evaluations make it possible to show quickly and clearly, where problems in the supply chain start and thus enable intervention early on.