Facing tough competition in the market, transformation, upgrade and development are inevitable choices. This requires us to be leaner in the entire supply chain, ranging from raw material supply, parts manufacturing to semi and finished products. Today, when the importance of the digital economy is highlighted, Hasco Vision must further strengthen its efforts in all areas, including smart logistics, comprehensive intelligent facility construction and tap into the value created by IoT data.
Westernacher Consulting was selected as the ideal implementation partner for the job. Extensive warehousing expertise and being specialists in solving concrete problems in the supply chain with cutting-edge technology, it made Westernacher the natural choice for Hasco Vision. The technical complexity of such an implementation allowed the team to push the boundaries of what was considered possible. “Thanks to Westernacher, the EWM system supports flexible, configurable inbound and outbound strategies and meets diverse inventory management requirements for different types of goods. This brings out the real meaning of flexible production, which fits the vision of our company,” explains Guo.
With the robots being responsible for the goods-movement component of the warehouse operations, SAP EWM was chosen as the optimal solution for the decision-making part of the initiative. By having sophisticated process management functionality and being able to integrate with both the Manufacturing Execution Systems at the plant, as well as the robots’ middleware in the warehouse, EWM became the centerpiece that tied the various components of the solution together. Through expertise developed during the pilot run at Hasco Vision’s Shanghai location, Westernacher’s technical team were able to ensure full operational capacity from the beginning of 2018 at the Wuhan warehouse – just three months from the start of the project.
As with any successful IoT implementation, the real test of success is in the improvement of concrete KPIs. Most crucially to the Hasco Vision leadership, accuracy of production supply at the Wuhan plant rose to 100%. An impressive metric on its own, it was accomplished while not only increasing storage bin utilization by 30%, but also being able to reduce labor costs by almost a third. Most importantly, these KPIs will continue to improve as the accumulated process data allows continuously improved operations.
“By reaping the innovation success on the SAP IoT platform, we hope to continue our digital transformation journey, bringing more value and a better experience to users,” continues Wang.
The Westernacher team were extremely proud to have successfully completed the very first SAP EWM-based project with automated warehouse robots globally and look forward to many more projects of this kind in the future.
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