Internet of Things.

The Internet of Things (IoT) is actually pretty simple: interconnected physical devices that can monitor, send or exchange data. But it fits today’s need for real-time visibility and connectivity of all parts in the value chain in such a perfect way that it is about to fundamentally revolutionize supply chain management. IoT is the enabler of what we call an agile and intelligent enterprise. As a leading global player in the end-to-end digital supply chain, we can offer you the right approach to benefit from IoT in your business. Be it for your warehouse, transportation or manufacturing.

Digital innovation – everything is connected.

Modern sensor technology enables companies to collect and analyze large amounts of data about physical processes. With the help of big data applications and machine learning, the information gained is made usable. These tools make it possible to break information silos and take a holistic view of the business. Historically separated data is transformed into a comprehensive end-to-end process view.
Connected data builds the basis for achieving overarching goals that become a reality when using IoT solutions, increasing efficiency, reducing costs, accelerating processes and implementing new business models. When used correctly, IoT becomes a central building block for positively influencing the future viability, growth and competitiveness of a company.
In short, IoT is about connecting machines, processes and software in a new and better way to make the right decisions at the right time.
Internet of Things with Westernacher Consulting

We advise and support our customers from the development of initial ideas to the implementation of their solution. The best possible result is our challenge. We implement rapidly deployable, ROI-positive initiatives that help achieve specific business metrics. The innovative SAP IoT ecosystem, in which also current topics such as machine learning, big data, blockchain, etc. are represented, serves as a technological basis for us to realize your ideas and goals. With our SAP IoT Partner Packaged Solutions, we are a strategic partner of SAP for IoT innovation.

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Push your end-to-end processes.

IoT applications can already offer considerable added value as stand-alone solutions. Nevertheless, they only unfold their full potential when they are integrated into central supply chain solutions and a broad IT landscape. IoT solutions are not a substitute, but they add value to existing supply chain solutions, including planning, manufacturing, warehousing and transport processes.
As a leading global player in the end-to-end digital supply chain, Westernacher Consulting specializes in enhancing existing IT solutions with IoT functionality. For more than 50 years, our mission has been to think ahead, to follow innovative paths – for you and with you. Our dedicated IoT team acts as a one-stop shop for your IoT initiative in the digital supply chain. From the moment we embark on this journey together, you will be in the middle of the world of IoT.

Start your rapidly deployable ROI-positive initiative today.

Connected Warehouse.

Smooth, efficient operations with IoT. Choose the most efficient option to manage your warehouse operations in real time – with IoT. By integrating sensor data in SAP IoT with modern warehouse solutions, you can dramatically improve warehouse throughput, inventory planning capabilities and engage an efficient workforce. We have identified various types of projects that can be launched as standalone initiatives or as combinations of integrated enhancements within the warehouse:

1
Automated
processing
Decrease labour costs and increase throughput through automated RFID scanning processes or geofencing backed by indoor position tracking.
2
Quality
control
Decrease spoilage/ damage and improve warehouse and silo planning capabilities by predicting and preventing unsuitable storage conditions.
3
Inventory
location
Increase inventory location accuracy, resulting in more efficient warehouse task allocation, assignment, and execution while decreasing labour costs.
4
Connected
forklift
Automatically assign, monitor and confirm tasks to optimize forklift utilization and increase process automation through geofence position monitoring.
5
Improved
safety
Establish trends to avoid dangerous situations and proactively identify risk and hazards.
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Figure 1: Connected Forklift dashboard with live position tracking and real-time KPIs.

Live visibility of stock levels, location, storage conditions with SAP Internet of Things is the enabler of your intelligent and integrated silo operation. Properly integrated into the end-to-end scenario, it not only ensures increased stock accuracy, improves planning, and automates reordering processes but safeguards product quality and offers new business models such as vendor management inventory scenarios.

Connected Silo.

1
Improved
visibility
Establishing quantity, quality, and condition tracking with sensor technology.
2
Automation
Automate processes such as replenishment, production, and planning.
3
Process
improvement
Optimize storage conditions, product quality and stock situation.
Figure 2: Connected Silo dashboard overview with live sensor data.
Figure 2: Connected Silo dashboard overview with live sensor data.

Connected Worker.

Connected Worker strategies and solutions are a vital part of the digital transformation of industrial operations to achieve the following goals:

  • Improve worker safety
  • Get insights beyond the data your safety devices already provide
  • Attain a holistic view of employees for awareness and responsiveness in real time
  • Increase operational efficiency
  • Proof of compliance at all times
The connected worker solution provides the following:
1
Real-time position
monitoring
and geofencing

Indoor and outdoor position tracking of workers and process integration with geofencing.

2
Safety and
health monitoring

Identification of incidents based on wearables, gas detection devices and camera recognition considering a personal shield of the worker.

3
Real time
visibility &
compliance
Management and operational dashboards overseeing all related processes and incidents as well as ensuring compliance at all times.
4
Tight integration
into S/4HANA or
SAP EHS

Integration into the end-to-end process by e.g. pulling permits from SAP Environment, Health and Safety (EHS), documenting statuses, triggering maintenance orders, etc.

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Figure 3: Connected Worker mobile application for live sensor data tracking and safety monitoring.

Connected Assets & Products.

Internet of Things allows for a data-driven approach to physical asset management. Rather than rely on the traditional “gut feel” tactic when dealing with vehicles, production machines and equipment, an IoT solution allows you to establish performance patterns, utilization of best practices and predictive algorithms that prevent unplanned downtime. From production to distribution to after-sale service, the introduction of IoT allows for the creation of a feedback loop of continuous improvement. By using the SAP Intelligent Asset Management and SAP IoT, we can help in the following ways:

1
Predictive
maintenance
Monitor asset health to address issues before they become a problem. Decrease asset failure rate, reduce unscheduled downtime, significantly shorten recovery times and increase first-time-fix rates.
2
Performance
improvement
Monitor asset performance to identify patterns and establish best practices. Engage in a lifecycle of continuous improvement.
3
Real-time
inventory tracking
Keep a live count of your product stock and automate the replenishment process to achieve a more customer demand-centric approach, trigger quantity accurate re-orders and in-time availability of stock.
4
Inventory
quality control
Make sure your products are stored under the right conditions to ensure customer satisfaction.
5
Device location
monitoring
Keep track of moveable assets to ensure they are in the right place at the right time.
6
In-store
replenishment
Schedule timely deliveries and optimize routes during convenient times, preventing out-of-stock scenarios.
7
Operational
monitoring
Understand how your products perform in real life conditions to improve design and production processes.
8
Customer
behavior
Gain insight into customer behaviour patterns and preferences to adjust sales and marketing strategies. Increase customer loyalty through new services and products and improve customer satisfaction through built-in feedback options.
Figure 4: Asset Dashboard for predictive maintenance.

Connected Fleets.

Existing TMS solutions offer only limited insight into the operation of commercial fleets. Often manual input of relevant information is the reason for a considerable reduction of data accuracy and data volume. Modern IoT sensors enable the automated collection of extensive and high-quality data, which enables better operational decisions and long-term process optimizations. We use SAP Vehicle Insights to identify three key IoT applications in transportation:

1
Location
monitoring
Always know where your fleet is. Predict delays, react to route changes and optimize long-term fleet utilization. Achieve concrete business benefits with available live information, e.g. ensuring the use of agreed routes and monitoring idling.
2
Quality
control
Monitor the transport conditions of your inventory. Prevent spoilage/damage by reacting to and predicting transport conditions in a timely manner.
3
Event
monitoring
Automatically track and confirm transportation execution stages. Increase transparency and customer satisfaction, while reducing manual involvement. Collaboration is becoming more and more important in an increasingly connected environment. All transportation-related IoT scenarios can be run in the cloud so that all the parties involved can get live access to the necessary information.
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Figure 5: Connected Fleet dashboard with real-time KPIs and condition monitoring.

Get started with IoT.

Learn how to use IoT to transform your business. IoT will have a comprehensive strategic impact to industries and their customers. Digitization has brought about a new customer with new possibilities and requirements. See this challenge as an opportunity and use it to your advantage.

IoT Inspiration Day

Introduction to the world of IoT

  • What is possible with IoT solutions in your business.
  • Customer-relevant business cases
  • Short technology Introduction
  • Hands-on technology experience
  • Mapping pain points to SAP solutions

Duration: approx. 4 hours
Time: a suitable date
Place: on your premises

IoT Basic Workshop

Experience the technology and get decision-maker buy-in

  • What is possible with IoT in your business?
  • Technology Introduction
  • Discuss customer-relevant business cases
  • Joint cross-unit case development
  • Technology prototype presentation
  • Business use-case presentation for stakeholders

Duration: approx. 2 days
Time: a suitable date
Place: on your premises

IoT Premium Workshop

Create a prototype through Design Thinking use case development

  • What is possible with IoT in your business?
  • Technology deep dive
  • Design thinking business case development
  • Creation of prototype and presentation
  • Innovation strategy and roadmap development

Duration: approx. 2 weeks
Time: a suitable date
Place: on your premises

Let's work together.

Warehouse Management

Take your warehouse to the next level – Connected Forklift.

The Connected Forklift solution on SAP connects all moving assets within a warehouse (such as forklifts or trolleys) to provide a holistic overview of live and historic operations through an integration of SAP IoT and SAP EWM. The essence of the solution is in leveraging indoor position data within the business context from the WMS system to increase process stability, transparency and automation.

Download our “Connected Forklift on SAP” pdf here.

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Main business benefits

Increased efficiency
Automatically monitor and confirm task completion through geofencing and immediately respond to errors.
Higher process stability
Increase transparency and be able to continuously identify and tackle errors and inefficiencies.
Increased process quality
Booking or handling errors will immediately be detected based on real-time tracking of forklifts and goods, leading to a reduced error rate.

Main features

Real-time position monitoring and geofencing
Indoor and outdoor position tracking of forklifts and its process integration with geofencing.
Real-time visibility and
compliance
Management and operational dashboards oversee all related processes and incidents as well as ensuring compliance at all times.
Tight integration into SAP (Extended) Warehouse Management
Integration into the end-to-end process by e.g. triggering postings in EWM when entering a specific geofence, alerting when warehouse tasks are violated, etc.
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Connected Silo.

Connected Silo on SAP: an integrated Internet of Things solution that functions together with others especially in a way seen as driving process automation and optimization.

Main business benefits

Increased visibility
By monitoring stock quantity, quality and condition with the help of integrated sensors.
Higher automation
By constantly updating stock information into backend systems, auto triggering replenishments, production and planning.
Drive process improvement
By optimizing storage conditions product quality and stock situation and increase customer satisfaction.

Main features

Real time tacking and condition monitoring
Establishing quantity, quality, and condition tracking with sensor technology.
Real time position monitoring
Position tracking of silos in case they are mobile.
Tight integration with SAP Landscape
Integration into the end to end process and its relevant SAP applications (S/4HANA, Ariba, IBP, MII, EWM, TM, etc.).
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Connected Worker.

The Connected Worker solution on SAP provides a platform to connect a worker’s safety devices, among others, to provide a holistic overview of all key parameters that are required to ensure safety and increase efficiency. Key aspect is its tight integration into the backend SAP processes.
Internet of Things - Connected Worker - Increase safety and efficency with connected worker - brochure

Main business benefits

Improve Worker Safety
by continuously identifying and tackling risks and hazards.
Increase operational efficiency
Higher efficiency and performance while improving the accuracy of workforce and operation.
Grow Compliance
with streamlined permitting processes and ensuring that workers have the correct permit before commencing work.

Main features

Real time position monitoring and geofencing
Indoor and outdoor position tracking of workers its process integration with geofencing.
Safety and health monitoring
Identification of incidents based on wearables, gas detection devices and camera recognition considering a personal shield of the worker.
Tight integration into SAP
Integration into the end-to-end process by e.g. pulling permits from EHS, documenting statuses, triggering maintenance orders, etc.
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Connected Assets & Products.

From managing coolers to predictive maintenance. There are many assets and products where Internet of Things use cases that integrate into the SAP backend are key to improve business performance and customer satisfaction.

Main business benefits

Real time condition monitoring
Leveraging live sensor integration.
Increased availability
By predicting downtimes and better managing maintenance and utilization.
Process optimization and automation
By integrating decisions derived from data analysis back into the end to end process.

Main features

Real time position monitoring and geofencing
Live position tracking of the assets and its process integration with geofencing, status confirmation.
Real time visibility
Integration of live sensor data and process information into a central IoT platform as a basis to drive decisions.
Tight process integration
Integration into the end-to-end process by e.g. into S/4HANA, SAP PM, SAP Intelligent Asset Management.
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Connected Fleet.

Connected Fleet on SAP: an integrated Internet of Things solution that functions together with others especially in a way seen as driving process automation and optimization.

Main business benefits

Real-time process visibility
By integration live sensor information such as location, freight condition, ETA.
Increased fleet utilization
Based on increased transparency and accurate maintenance planning.
Improved process automation
With geofencing and automatic process triggers based on real time sensor information.

Main features

Real time position monitoring and geofencing
Live position tracking of the fleet and its process integration with geofencing, status confirmation.
Real time visibility & compliance
Management and operational dashboards overseeing all related processes and incidents as well as ensuring compliance at all times.
Tight process integration
Improve on transportation processes, such as freight quality control and delay detection during execution, automatic milestone confirmation and process triggering in SAP transportation and warehousing system.