kaeser compressors: faster supply chain thanks to sap hana with ewm secura: high-tech warehouse technology paves way for growth stäubli: system capacity doubled wms viadat with new user interface: mouse click and wizard for optimum user guidance 22 8 16 intralogistics news 2016 22816
intralogistics news 2016 the goal of digitization is to reduce work in process and ensure profitability even with batch sizes as small as 1. editorial
foreword digitization is a great opportunity for industrial companies industry 4.0 is bringing about fundamental changes in the capital goods industry. people, machines, products, raw materials, load units, transport equipment and locations are becoming more and more digitally connected. the “internet of things” is no longer just a vision, when 20 billion elements ha- ving their own ip address and being equipped with a chip or sensor are taken into consideration. production and logistics are merging, their processes are becoming more and more closely inter- linked, and material handling tasks are involving an increasing level of automation. the value chain is being digitized from the raw material producer through to the end consumer. researchers and operators are working full throttle to secure the continuity of digitization. the goal is to reduce work in process and ensure profitability even with batch sizes as small as 1. the basic prerequisite for this development is powerful, intelligent and cross-process software. today’s intralogistics it reaches far beyond the warehouse and distribution center, integrating, for example, the production or the supply of assembly workstations, as well as consumers. thus, it is key to increasing the added value and profitability of all those involved along the supply chain. modern warehouse management software can be rapidly implemented, is intuitive to use and enables the logistics manager to keep a constant eye on all relevant data and efficiently control his warehouse and distribution resources. we hope you will enjoy leafing through this issue of intralogistics news in which you can find lots of useful information on these and other topics. we look forward to receiving your comments and feedback. yours sincerely, philipp hahn-woernle philipp hahn-woernle ceo of viastore [email protected]
intralogistics news 2016 06 cofel: tailor-made intralogistics sets the course for the future 07 dicastal north america: viastore solution saves costs 07 inra: automation ensures cutting edge for genetic resources 08 stäubli: system capacity doubled 09 b. braun: pharmaceutical and medical products reach customers even faster 10 grob: significantly improved supply of assembly area 14 dermofarm: new logistics center ensures world-class service 16 secura: high-tech warehouse technology paves way for growth 18 terex cranes: modernization secures ability to deliver 22 kaeser compressors: faster supply chain thanks to sap hana with ewm customer success 10 18 14 16 9 8 content
26 wms viadat with new user interface: mouse click and wizard for optimum user guidance 30 further expansion: viastore moves into new company building 32 industry 4.0: virtual commissioning of networked warehouse technology 34 purelox solutions: offering customers even more benefits with viadat add-ons 35 energy-efficient intralogistics: bringing as/rs to a controlled standstill during power loss 36 review cemat 2016: trendsetting intralogistics at your fingertips 40 integration of refugees: the first step into german working life 41 customer focus further strengthened: thomas preller heads the sales department 41 sap partner edge program: viastore software is a silver-level status sap service partner 42 "are you a talent?" viastore launches staff recruitment campaign 42 viastore usa: tom coyne new president 43 3 questions - 3 answers news special story 22 30 41 36 35 32 26 433 questions - 3 answers
cofel: tailor-made intralogistics sets the course for the future abb. fehlt! customer success intralogistics news 2016 increasing sales of its mattress brand epéda have prompted the cofel group’s decision to invest more than € 13 million in a new logistics center in criquebeuf- sur- seine in france. the facility com- prises a total area of 37,000 square meters and forms the basis for the company’s continued sustainable growth. cofel entrusted viastore with providing the equipment for the new warehouse. to this end, the intralogistics specialist developed an innovative system consist- ing of an automated storage and order picking system, which is managed and controlled using the standard wms viadat. the tailor-made conveyor system can carry mattresses and bed frames measuring 2 m x 2 m and weighing up to 80 kg. these are positioned on trays that also had to be manufactured specifically for this project, as they have to meet special requirements, for example with regard to fire protection. all this had been preceded by a thorough analysis and op- timization of all logistic processes within the company. project team members of cofel and viastore at the project kick-off meeting. the new cofel production center and warehouse paves the way for further growth. tailor-made intralogistics sets the course for the future innovative system for bedding experts: the cofel group is now france’s market leader in bedding. founded in 1948, it is a subsidiary of the zaragoza, spain-based pikolin group – a family business that is the mar- ket leader in spain and portugal. cofel owns epéda, bultex and méri- nos which are the leading brands in france. with five locations in france and nearly 1,000 employees, cofel produces more than 1,000,000 mat- tresses and more than 300,000 bed frames for nearly 4,000 retailers every year. customer success
dicastal north america: viastore solution saves costs customer success dicastal north america, a manufacturer of aluminum alloy wheels and division of citic dicastal co. ltd. of qinhuangdao, china has selected viastore to supply and install an automated conveyor solution for the company’s new production facility in michigan, which will begin operation this year. the system transports the wheels from casting through machining and painting, to final inspection, before they are shipped to oems such as auto- makers and retailers. the conveyors are specially designed so that the wheels, which are polished as part of the manu facturing process, can be carefully transported to avoid causing scratches or other damage. dicastal selected viastore because the intralogistics specialist developed a solu- tion that was clearly smarter than those produced by competitors and saved the company’s upfront capital costs. “viastore was able to design a system for us that can cope with our anticipated future growth,” says bernie polzin, president of dicastal. viastore solution saves costs dicastal north america opens production facility in michigan: inra – the french national institute for agricultural research – has chosen viastore as a consultant for the establish- ment of its innovative arcad (agropolis resource center for crop conservation, adaptation and diversity) research center based in montpellier, france. this center stores and conducts research into genetic resources – seeds and dna. currently, approximately 60,000 samples are kept there under controlled temperature and humidity conditions. this represents a data base that is unique worldwide. viastore was entrusted with designing an automated system that organizes the storage of the resources and their trans- portation to different laboratories. for a project such as arcad, which will extend over three years, viastore’s expertise in data analysis and material flow analysis, as well as system configuration and planning is a vital decision-making cri- terion. “another crucial factor is the vast experience of the viastore specialists in automation ensures cutting edge for genetic resources research institute inra in france: the fields of automation, control and soft- ware,” says julien couret, new systems director at viastore france. the arcad research center stores 60,000 samples of seeds and dna – a worldwide unique data base.
stäubli: system capacity doubled customer success intralogistics news 2016 viastore systems has modernized a storage system of swiss technology group stäubli in faverges, france – home to the group’s largest manufacturing base. the system, built back in 1990 by a third-party provider, supplies the production with raw materials and semi-finished parts. it consists of a three-aisle automated unit-load system for wire mesh boxes and steel containers with goods-to-person picking. the system was in operation until modernization work started, but its performance was no longer sufficient. aggravating this situation was the fact that some spare parts were no longer available. these factors meant that an upgrade was inevitable. to increase the system’s performance, viastore installed new automated storage & retrieval systems (as/rs) and crane rails, renewed the conveyor system control and replaced the trans- verse shuttle car by a double transverse shuttle car. here, the experts faced several challenges: for one, the storage system was situated in a hall where the only access was a mere three- meter-wide opening in the roof. also, the existing as/rs were a single-piece construction and therefore had to be cut into several pieces to remove them. and on top of all that, the time frame was very ambitious as well: a project like this one would usually stretch over two months. however, in this case it had to be completed within just three weeks. the intralogistics experts from viastore solved the task through meticulous planning, careful preparation, consideration of all scenarios and by calling upon their vast experience. as a result, the system has now twice the capacity than before. “i’m really amazed at what viastore has accomplished within this extremely short time,” says frédéric rougier who is responsible for systems and workflows at stäubli. “with this well-structured approach, viastore has managed to complete the complex indus- trial retrofit within the same time frame as a standard project,” he says, full of praise. system capacity doubled retrofit in record time: the system has twice the capacity today. the viastore experts modernized stäubli’s storage system within just three week – instead of the usual two months. the system was still in operation before the retrofit, but it no longer offered sufficient capacity.
b. braun: pharmaceutical and medical products reach customers even faster customer success b. braun is investing in the expansion of its production capacities and in the auto mation of processes: for the delivery of its goods, the company acquired a modern warehouse in santa oliva near barcelona, which will also cope with future produc- tion volumes. b. braun expects the new logistics center to bring about further efficiency increases and cost savings. the logistics center, which is designed for the storage and order picking of com- plete pallets as well as of cartons and individual items, already features a high degree of automation. the unit-load pallet warehouse, connected with a two-story conveyor system, the carton sorter, the shuttle systems and the storage lifts are now all controlled using the viadat warehouse management system software which is directly connected to the erp. in preparation for the project, viastore defined the wms specifications in close cooperation with b. braun to ensure that the software is precisely tuned to the needs of the medical supplies company. viadat is a standard wms which is also designed to meet the special require- ments of the pharmaceutical industry and is validated and certified according to gamp and ifs. viastore will also upgrade the conveyor system controllers and adapt them to the high safety standards of b. braun. in addition, the ergonomics of the order picking workstations will be improved and new systems such as la- beling machines and driverless transport systems integrated. pharmaceutical and medical products reach customers even faster the international pharmaceutical and medical supplies company b. braun has acquired an automated logistics center from a third party supplier and is relying on viastore spain to modernize the facility which is located southwest of barcelona. the aim is to adapt the new logistics system to b. braun’s processes and safety requirements. key to this will be new warehouse management system (wms) soft- ware, a new control system and improved workstation ergonomics. b. braun gears up for the future: b. braun’s new warehouse is located in santa oliva, southwest of barcelona. the highly automated logistics center is used for storing and order picking of whole pallets as well as cartons and individual items. b. braun provides the global health care market with products for anesthetics, inten- sive-care medicine, cardiology, extracorporeal blood treatment and surgery, as well as with services for clinics, registered doctors and the home-care sector. the dialog with those using b. braun products on a daily basis continually renders new findings that go into product development. thus the company contributes with its innovative products and services to optimizing the workflow in hospitals and doc- tor’s offices, as well as to improving safety, both for patients and doctors or nursing staff.
grob: significantly improved supply of assembly area customer success intralogistics news 2016 for machine manufacturer grob it was a logistic paradigm shift: the family-run company based in mindelheim, germany completely converted the supply of its assembly workstations from the “per- son-to-goods” principle to an automated warehouse “goods-to-person” solution. viastore was selected to be the systems integrator. the stuttgart specialists im- plemented an automated mini-load sys- tem and a pallet warehouse. grob de- rived immediate and clearly noticeable benefit from this solution: the supply of the assembly area has significantly im- proved, and the processes have become simpler, faster and more transparent. for nearly 40 years, mindelheim (1 hour west of munich) has been home to grob- werke gmbh & co. kg. with more than 113,000 square meters of production space and over 3,000 employees, the mindelheim plant is the company’s larg- est site. the family-run company is a provider of customized solutions for high volume production: individualized man- ufacturing lines consisting of modular machining centers and special machines that are linked by modern automation solutions. these include machining sys- tems for the automotive industry and powertrain assembly lines, as well as universal machining centers for suppli- ers, for the medical technology, tool, mold making and aerospace sectors, as well as for the mechanical engineering industry. vertical integration at grob is very high. additionally, the company takes care of planning, engineering, design, implemen- tation and operational hand-over. highly qualified developers and engineers in the design department as well as excellently skilled technicians in commissioning are available to this end. worldwide, the grob group employs around 5200 people and in 2015 generated revenue of over € 1.1 billion. high quality standards and constant in- novation have had a very positive effect at grob. in recent years, the equipment manufacturer extended its production by more than 35 percent and created some 700 new jobs. however, along with the entrepreneurial success the requirements regarding the efficient material flow to supply the assembly workstations have increased too. “the storage capacity at the site was no longer sufficient. we had to resort to external warehouses that we operated according to the classic person- to-goods principle,” says christian lisiecki, head of logistics. “our staff manually collected together the goods on pallets or in pallet boxes according to paper lists and then delivered them to the assembly with a forklift.” the storage capacities were exhausted over time. in addition, the flow of goods and the inventories were not always transparent. “when parts were missing at an assembly station during the night shift, then the colleagues just went to the warehouse and fetched them,” ex- plains lisiecki. due to the high complexity of assembly processes and the provision of material, the outsourcing of logistics to an external service provider it was not an option. two years ago the management gave the go-ahead for a new logistics center, with the goal of retrieving the var- ious external storage facilities. with this project, grob has converted its ware- house concept to a system with planned goods-to-person picking. the goods are stored on pallets, in pallet boxes and in containers of different sizes. “these different load carriers are necessary because we need to store very tiny parts that are just a few milli meters in size, all the way through to very bulky machinery components that weigh up to one ton,” says lisiecki. a special challenge at grob is that there are as many as 1.9 million material master records – and each day about 500 new ones are added. so the people in charge of logistics at grob were looking for a competent partner to
news master this logistics challenge within a very narrow time frame. a high level of flexibility and optimum space utilization 15 potential suppliers were contacted, but after initial discussions only three were left in the running, with viastore being selected. “viastore’s high level of system and software expertise is very convinc- ing. it is not easy to find a partner whose software can be seamlessly connected to sap. this was a very important aspect for us,” lisiecki points out. viastore un- dertook to keep to the contract schedule – and the company kept its word: in spring, the contract was signed and nine months later the system went live. viastore implemented a four-aisle auto- mated mini-load system (mls) with 2-/4- deep storage, and a 7-aisle, single-deep automated pallet warehouse. the mini- load system, which is 65.5 meters long, 8.4 meters wide and 8.8 meters high, is equipped with four high-performance automated storage/retrieval systems (as/rs) of type viaspeed. 26,288 storage locations are available, and 580 contain- ers can be stored and retrieved per hour. the system has four pick stations and is connected to a manual warehouse via a platform with a pick-up/drop-off location. what makes this system so special is that the load handling devices of the mini-load as/rs can handle either two containers with a footprint of 600 x 400 mm or four containers measuring 300 x 400 mm – and also one container sized 600 x 400 mm or two containers measuring 300 x 400 mm. grob benefits from significantly higher flexibility in the storage of small parts and vastly improved space utilization. each container can hold a load of 30 and 15 kilograms respectively. significantly improved supply of assembly area machine manufacturer grob, based in mindelheim, converted the supply of its assembly workstations completely from the “person-to-goods” principle to an automatic “goods-to-person” warehouse solution. as a result, assembly supply has significantly improved and the processes are simpler, more transparent and faster. grob relies on automated storage solution from viastore: scan the qr code and watch the video about this project!
customer success intralogistics news 2016 what makes this viastore mini-load system so special: it allows the mixed storage and automatic transport of containers of different sizes. grob benefits from significantly higher flexibility in the storage of small parts and greatly improved utilization of space. a camera system detects the load status of each load charge carrier and provides important information for optimizing the warehouse filling level. pleased with the good partnership: peter päusch, who heads the planning and sales office south of viastore (left) and christian lisiecki, head of logis- tics at grob mindelheim. to further increase the flexibility of the system, viastore divided the mini-load as/rs into two halves. “the advantage is that we can supply both sides with only one material conveyor system connec- tion,” explains peter päusch, who heads viastore’s planning and sales office for southern germany. at the end of the storage system buffer zones have been created in the new logistics center. if nec- essary, the system can thus be extended easily without requiring additional han- dling technology. improved processes and maximum system availability the automated pallet warehouse with four pick stations and seven viapal as/rs is 76.6 meters long, 30.4 meters wide and 8.5 meters high. it is designed for single- deep storage. there are 8,772 storage locations with a maximum load capacity of one ton per palette. when run at full capacity, the as/rs perform 280 storage and retrieval operations per hour. here too grob adopted a random storage ap- proach, according to the “first in – first out” principle. day after day, grob em- ployees pick between 5,000 and 6,000 parts from the automated storage systems. a vitronic camera system records the de- gree of filling of each load carrier. “first of all, this helps us to obtain valuable key performance indicators, secondly, our employees can selectively remove empty containers and add parts. this helps to optimize the degree of filling containers and the warehouse,” says lisiecki. the images are stored in the data system. if necessary, they are used to check for missing parts, or to detect storage errors. grob uses sap in conjunction with the viastore warehouse management system for the management and control of its warehouse. at grob, it was specified that sap should be the leading system in the warehouse, too. the operators work with the sap front end so that one system would be used throughout all company areas. “we want to display very specific additional infor mation to our staff in order to avoid mis takes,” says lisiecki. nevertheless, grob wanted to utilize several important wms functions from viastore. the high level of flexibility within the viadat wms can be adapted to all requirements thanks to its modular design. “viadat holds sway over the allocation of storage locations because the wms system knows where what goods are so it can make better use of the logic of allocations than sap,” says lisiecki. lisiecki calls the combination of sap, viadat and viastore system solutions an “excellent result that implements our sap ideas on the one hand and uses the strengths of the viastore solutions on the other.” the software allows the head of logistics to compile the desired key figures individually and flexibly via a dashboard. the automated warehouse has paid off for grob. the system has been running smoothly from the start, with the degree of filling in the pallet racking hitting 81 percent just a few weeks after start-up, and at 46 percent in the container rack. “with the automated solution provided by viastore we can further improve our pro- cesses. the pick quality is excellent and the throughput rate is significantly higher than before,” reports lisiecki. grob needs maximum system availability to supply the assembly area with high pro- cess reliability. “this is just what we got. the system has run smoothly from the very first moment. the packing density has also increased many times over.” the ‘complete change of system’ will make further optimizations possible in the future. for now, though, the system is not needing to run at maximum speed, its performance is not exhausted. “there are plenty of concept ideas that we would like to implement over the course of time,” says christian lisiecki. the logistics spe- cialist sees the collection and analysis of relevant warehouse data have improved significantly. “we can now apply totally new methods.” the in-house material flow can be much better structured as a result of the viastore solution. even after a short period of operation further re- quirements are on the horizon. “we need additional pick stations,” says lisiecki and looking over to peter päusch from viastore he adds: “we’ll be wanting a quo- tation for that.”
the automated pallet warehouse with four pick stations and seven viapal unit load ar/rs can accommodate 8,772 euro pallets. each pallet can carry a ton load. when running at full capacity, the as/rs performs 280 storage and retrieval operations per hour.
dermofarm: new logistics center ensures world-class service intralogistics news 2016 the new logistics center helps dermofarm to significantly increase its warehouse capacity and to offer its customers first-class service. heavy items are stored on pallets, while cartons are used for light-weight products. a conveyor line carries the goods to the pick stations. thanks to its new logistics center, dermofarm is optimally prepared to cope with future growth.
customer success dermofarm has been producing cosmetics products for more than 40 years. high standards in research and product de- velopment as well as state-of-the-art production plants have contributed to the globally operating company emerging as a market leader in spain. owing to sub- stantial growth in recent years, demands on the supply chain have changed. in order to carry on providing the best possible service, dermofarm therefore decided to merge its three logistics locations into one new central distribution center equipped with cutting-edge technology. for this distribution center, viastore is supplying and installing an automated rack-supported unit-load system for pallets. the system is managed and controlled using viastore’s warehouse management system viadat, which meets all the demands and provides all the functions required in the cosmetics and pharmaceutical industries, and is certified and validated according to ifs and gamp. dermofarm uses pallets for storing heavy- weights and cartons for light-weight items. a conveyor line carries the goods to the pick stations. the new logistics center will help dermo- farm to significantly increase its ware- house capacity and to offer its customers first-class service in addition to premium products. at the same time, the intralogis- tics system is flexible enough to cope with the company’s future growth. new logistics center ensures world-class service viastore’s spanish local business unit was entrusted with supplying a turn-key intralogistics system for dermofarm, one of the most well-known companies in the spanish cosmetics industry and a member of the italian ganassini group. the system is a part of the brand-new international logistics center at the dermofarm headquar- ters in the vallés region near barcelona. automated unit-load system and wms for dermofarm: viastore is supplying and installing a turn-key intralogistics system including a wms for the cosmetics manufacturer. dermofarm decided to build a new central logistics center to be able to cope with increasing demands on the supply chain.
secura: high-tech warehouse technology paves way for growth customer success intralogistics news 2016 high-tech warehouse technology paves way for growth new logistics center for the secura group: secura industriebeteiligungen gmbh has selected intralogistics specialist viastore to plan and implement a new logistics center in burgbernheim in southern germany. secura wants to centralize its logistics activities at that location in order to lay the foundations for further growth. the group includes several distribution and production companies in germany, austria and switzerland. one of the com- panies of the group, ubb umformtechnik gmbh, is already based in burgbernheim. the new logistics center will be used to increase product availability, reduce lead times, improve service quality, and extend order deadlines for next day delivery for the entire group. secura supplies its customers with fastening systems as well as sound insulation and fire protection products. viastore will implement a unit-load pallet warehouse with approx. 9,100 storage locations in a rack-supported building, and a shuttle system. the viaflex2 shuttle system will initially provide space for approx. 17,000 containers, and can be extended to up to 28,400 units, if required. “that way, secura is already prepared for future growth today,” says thomas preller, vice president sales of viastore. viastore will also install a high-capacity conveyor system and a large cantilever warehouse, and equip all warehouse components with cutting-edge controls. the entire system will be controlled by the viastore warehouse management system (wms) viadat. the wms will con- trol all processes between goods receipt and goods issue in an intelligent, efficient and reliable manner. “initially, we had looked to do the facility and the wms separately,” says markus irmler, director of materials management and logistics of the secura group. “but viastore’s complete solution convinced us to com- bine both segments. and we will enjoy the advantage to have only one contact for the entire project.” secura will be among the first users to obtain the brand new viadat 9.0 software which features an optimized user interface and extended functionality. the new logistics center is expected to increase the availability of parts, reduce throughput times and improve the quality of service.
terex cranes: modernization secures ability to deliver customer success intralogistics news 2016 modernization secures terex cranes’ ability to deliver the two-aisle automated production warehouse system of terex cranes in zweibrücken, germany was facing in- creasing risk of failure: the software in the warehouse, which had been put into operation back in 1991, was complicated to use, the control concept was obsolete, and the drives were inefficient. more- over, some of the spare parts were no longer available. viastore managed to restore the future viability of the ware- house from a third-party supplier within just two weeks. limited space – replacement of the heavy as/rs drives had to be carried out in the rack aisles. new wms, new control system and new mechanical components within only two weeks: terex cranes decided to modernize its production warehouse due to more and more frequent downtimes. “the risk of our entire plant grinding to a halt just because of one faulty component in the warehouse was just too high,” says wolf- gang anton, project manager production control and supply chain management. in addition to the electrical system, drives and sensors, the entire control system and warehouse management software were to be replaced as part of this retro- fit. viastore was selected to carry out the modernization measure.
news prior to awarding the contract, the terex team had inspected various storage sys- tems implemented by the stuttgart-based company in order to convince themselves of viastore’s expertise. everything under control thanks to modernization roadmap the viastore specialists differentiated between modernization measures that were urgently needed and those which could wait a little longer. “we subdivided the system components into various categories, depending on the level of risk their failure would mean for the overall system. based on this, we drew up our modernization roadmap: what needed to be done in what order and how the work could be implemented within the given time frame and budget,” says christian fehlau, sales representatives retrofit viastore. terex cranes shuts its plant down for one week every summer. so this was the obvious core period for the retro- fit – altogether viastore had two weeks to complete the work. viastore replaced the old s5 controllers of the as/rs and the conveyor system with modern s7 units. the specialists had set up and tested the control cabinet, cable chain and controllers in advance, meaning that they only had to adjust var- ious parameters on-site. additionally, the viastore engineers converted a retrieval lane on one side of the unit-load system into a storage lane and implemented a profile check function. the two as/rs were equipped with completely new con- trol units and electrics. the viastore spe- cialists also replaced the traction drives and hoist units. the position measuring system was upgraded as well: viastore replaced it with a laser measuring system. “the performance of the as/rs can be enhanced by up to 20 percent through more efficient positioning of the machines alone,” says swen mantel, director ret- rofit at viastore. “unlike the old dc drives, the new frequency-controlled drives can precisely approach a specific position using barcode positioning.” improved warehouse operations through optimized processes “however, the replacement of drives presented some challenges,” as viastore project manager karl zettler recalls. the more than 40 meter high as/rs were designed for a load capacity of 1.5 tons – and the drives were correspondingly powerful. “the heavy and bulky motors had to be replaced in the rack aisles in extremely cramped conditions.” there- fore, the viastore experts took various solutions into consideration prior to the modernization. they even contemplated opening up the building envelope. ulti- mately, however, they found a solution to transport the drives to the as/rs using the existing conveyor system. the next challenge: “the connecting flange of the new motor was larger than that of the old,” says zettler. “you always have to be prepared for such a situation when upgrading third-party systems because technical documentation is usually no longer available.” but here, too, the via- store experts were able to help: they adjusted the sizes of the flange for the new drive on a lathe in terex’s own pro- duction. the software had to be adjusted as well: “when introducing viadat as standard software for managing and controlling the intralogistics system, we used the opportunity to make these processes more efficient and future-oriented,” says günter schuster, head of production control and logistics at terex cranes germany. swen mantel adds: “when undertaking such a modernization pro- ject, we also examine existing processes and make suggestions as to how the system performance can be improved.” the interface between the wms and the parent sap system required a little more we planned to perform open heart surgery on our production, so to speak. günter schuster, head of production control and logistics at terex cranes germany. the new drives were transported to the aisles using the conveyor system.
customer success intralogistics news 2016 effort due to the numerous terex specif- ics – as a certified sap partner, viastore can draw on extensive relevant experi- ence. the viastore software specialists tested and simulated the interaction of wms and sap before the actual modern- ization. so this implementation was not time-critical. radio data transmission ensures complete transparency “with the new system, all items have their own barcode, and the pickers have hand- held scanners,” says günter schuster. accordingly they can simply scan the pallet and the required part. “this reduces pick errors to zero,” schuster points out, clearly delighted. “our goods are picked and buffered in the unit-load warehouse until the production requests them,”says wolfgang anton, describing another improvement. “when a specific item for a pick order is missing, the system remembers it. if it is delivered while the order is still in the buffer, the missing part is stored and retrieved together with the pre-picked pallet when the order is processed. however, if the order has already been called and transported to the shop floor, we do not store the part, but send it directly to production. this means that the requirements planning department knows very quickly if a part is missing. as a result, the handling effort has been significantly reduced,” says anton. the new software also helps when it comes to stocktaking: “we have high demands with regard to the cycle counting. counted pieces are automatically imported into the wms on a monthly basis. and the feedback is automatically returned to the sap system. this is saves us considerable time and effort.” after precisely two weeks, terex cranes resumed operations at its modernized storage system. as good as new: fitted with new drives and state- of-the-art control technology, the as/rs now work reliably once again. terex cranes, zweibrücken terex cranes is a member of the us terex corporation. at its zweibrück- en location, terex cranes develops, manufactures and sells all-terrain cranes with load capacities of between 40 and 1,200 tons and crawler cranes with load capacities ranging from 400 to 3,200 tons. the warehouse the two-aisle automated unit-load system has supplied the production of the terex plant in zweibrück- en since 1991. it offers storage locations for 5,800 pallets and wire mesh boxes. on average, 120 stor- age processes are carried out per day and approximately 500 parts are picked. the maximum weight of the stored pallets amounts to 1.5 tons, and the maximum height is 2 meters.
news in addition to the pallet warehouse, the mini-load system is controlled using the viadat warehouse management system. “we felt that the risk of our whole production plant grinding to a halt because of one defective compo- nent in our automated system was just too high,” explains wolfgang anton, project manager production control and supply chain management at terex cranes germany. the telescopic shuttle fork of the as/rs was fitted with new, efficient drives. following the mod- ernization, the entire automation technology encompasses state-of- the-art standards. they developed the modernization roadmap together (from left): karl zettler, project manager at viastore, wolfgang anton and günter schuster from terex cranes germany. installation of the new linear actuators wolfgang anton (left) and günter schuster were looking for an experienced partner to upgrade their warehouse. the formerly used position measuring system was replaced by a laser measuring system.
kaeser compressors: faster supply chain thanks to sap hana with ewm customer success intralogistics news 2016 kaeser compressors is a leading compressor manufacturer and supplier of com- pressed air systems. the company required an efficient competitive sustainable supply chain, the core of which is its global distribution center in coburg, germany. by migrating to the modern sap ewm and sap hana (high-performance analytic appliance), viastore software has been able to increase the efficiency of the distribution center many times – in every area. kaeser and viastore software were pioneers here, undertaking one of the first sap projects of this kind worldwide. mentioning some benefits: goods received are now processed up to 20 percent faster, kaeser has recorded a 40 percent increase in picks, the packaging process has become 50 percent faster, and the warehouse activities as well as reporting are executed 20 times faster than in the past. faster supply chain thanks to sap hana with ewm kaeser compressors:
veyor system, for example.” but this was not the only reason that prompted kaeser’s decision to upgrade to the latest sap extended warehouse management (ewm) software version in 2012. “the warehouse is significantly important for us, so it is only natural that we use the high performance warehouse manage- ment system,” falko lameter points out. sap ewm ensures a higher level of process security a major advantage of sap ewm is that the control of underlying systems – automatic pallet and mini-load storages, carousel lifts, automated guided vehicle systems and conveyor system – can be directly connected to the warehouse management and material flow systems. “ewm is designed by the material flow system to seamlessly connect to these underlying systems,” says kemmelmeier. furthermore, the architecture of ewm provides far much faster communication with branch offices and partner compa- nies in more than 100 countries world- wide selling the compressed air systems produced by the coburg family business, having a strong supply chain is vital. “this means that supply chain organization is the most important task of our it,” says falko lameter, chief information officer (cio) of kaeser compressors group. the focal point is the distribution center in coburg: from here, the company supplies its products and spare parts not only to locations in europe, but also to its u.s. distribution center. the coburg logistics complex was completed in 2002, using sap as the warehouse management sys- tem. “we implemented sap in our com- pany back in 1992, and were one of the first sap r/3 customers,” says cio lam- eter. “with the sap trm (task and re- source management) introduced in 2002, we then had the opportunity to integrate the automated high-bay warehouse to sap in conjunction with sap les (logis- tics execution system). again, we were pioneers.” besides deciding in favor of sap in the warehouse, kaeser also opted for engaging viastore. as an sap integra- tion company and international provider of turnkey intralogistics systems, viastore designed and built the distribution center with best of class warehouse automation and integrated the newly built distribution center with sap. “viastore as an sap partner was not only focused on the warehouse automation concepts, but rather looked at the end-2-end processes required for a consistent process execution,” says falko lameter. changed demands on the supply chain necessitate upgrade the usage of the sap system has grown fundamentally over time. in addition, a high-bay warehouse, 19 carousel lifts, a mini-load system, automated guided ve- hicle system, conveyor system, 6 packing stations for small parts, 11 pallet packing stations, and a buffer warehouse section for faster loading of up to 100 trucks daily, are all integrated to sap. since then the demand on logistics and the entire supply chain have changed tremendously as well, as falko lameter explains: “direct dispatch has become more and more common and important in our dis- tribution during the past decade. this is also due to the greater variety of products as we’re no longer a classical mass pro- ducer with pre-manufactured products in stock. rather, we assemble and dispatch a large number of our products in the configuration requested by the customer.” however, the situation is different when it comes to spare parts: “these are kept in stock, of course. but today we are plan- ning the jobs in advance.” that means, the parts are delivered to the customer so that they arrive on site at the same time as the fitter. in view of this massive demand increase on the supply chain, the connection of the numerous control systems caused problems, as rainer kemmelmeier, ap- plications manager logistics in kaeser it, explains: “due to the huge volume of messages we’re exchanging here, we were increasingly having trouble pro- cessing them in the system appropriately. therefore, we had to reduce the number of communication points on the tote con- they mastered the sap project together: (from left) falko lameter (kaeser), harouna mohamadou (viastore software), rainer kemmelmeier (kaeser), martin rommler (viastore software). scan the qr code and watch the video about this project! spare parts are delivered to the customer so that they arrive on site at the same time as the fitter. falko lameter, cio of kaeser compressors group
customer success intralogistics news 2016 sap ewm 9.1 and hana have helped us to significantly reduce our delivery times. we expect hana to pave the way for further growth. falko lameter, cio of kaeser compressors group we record more picks, more removals from the automatic high-bay warehouse, more packages and packaging operations. we have become faster in every area. rainer kemmelmeier, applications manager logistics in kaeser’s it organization. for the kaeser and viastore experts to sit back and rest. kaeser decided to stra- tegically migrate their entire corporate platform from oracle to sap hana. “due to our high level of globalization, software is extremely important for us. it is very essential to be at the forefront in this field as well,” falko lameter emphasizes. “for us as sap users, hana is therefore a must. particularly the capability of pro- cessing 'big data' close to real-time by sap hana sounds very interesting to us.” lameter compares the implementation of sap hana with the architectural rev- olution from mainframe to pc network systems. “today, the internet has such a level of maturity that you can build a whole new architecture on it. for compa- nies that is probably a more fundamental change than the migration to client/server solutions back in the days.” lameter points to the fact that hana is an entirely new software, which is based on a new type of database. “with hana, you basi- cally only have a table of documents – the original postings,” kaeser’s cio explains. “reportings are made on-the-fly, they are calculated only upon request, and they are not stored anywhere. this architecture than les and trm. with aide of the sap pco (plant connectivity) software, an inte- grated standard platform which connects the hardware controllers to the ewm system, the connection to the underlying system was achieved. “pco replaced the previous gateways and enables the data transmission from a qrfc interface to a tcp/ip socket,” says harouna mohamadou, senior manager sap consulting at viastore software. his colleague, sap consultant martin rommler, adds: “to control the lo gistics system before ewm, copious amounts of source code had to be develo ped in sap les and trm. with sap ewm, we were able to significantly reduce the number of custom programmed codes without jeopardizing with the further re- lease and support of the system.” in the past, for example, carousel lifts were con- trolled by means of viastore sap add-on; today this is completely integrated in sap ewm. however, some enhancements enabling accelerate the supply chain were indis- pensable. one of these relates to one of the major focus of viastore software to tailor ergonomical user interfaces, in other words, to develop efficient user dialogs for the stationary picking and packing stations. “the standard ewm solution offers extensive warehouse monitoring and control functions as well as many preconfigured features for radio frequency mobile transactions,” says kemmelmeier. “in contrast, in our distri- bution center, we have many stationary workstations, for which the standard ewm doesn’t provide appropriate dialogs for our purpose." process reliability was an essential factor in this context, and operators should have only those input and communication options they really need. this significantly reduces the pos- sibilities of making mistakes. “we have benefitted greatly from the knowledge of the viastore experts who had already im- plemented and integrated similar turnkey technologies in sap ewm,” says rainer kemmelmeier, clearly pleased. next step: sap hana for improved processing of data in just few months, the distribution center had been successfully migrated to sap ewm. but after go-live there was no time
tailored screen dialogs for stationary workplaces in kaeser’s distribution center were added to the standard sap ewm functions. after migrating to sap ewm and hana, the number of picks per day rose by 40 percent. the number of packages leaving the distribution center has risen significantly – the packaging process is 50 percent faster today. carousel lift control is now fully integrated in sap ewm. results in a considerably reduced data- base.”as a result, kaeser began with the migration from oracle to sap hana step by step – starting with sap crm, then sap bi, followed by sap apo (advanced planning and optimization) and concluded with sap extended warehouse manage- ment system. in order for the migration to be feasible, the entire solution portfolio on the platform needed to be updated to the latest release of sap solutions. this impacted the upgrade of the freshly im- plemented sap ewm from version 7.1 to 9.1. “just shortly after having successfully carried out an open heart surgery so to say, we had to launch the next project,” lameter says with a smile. one of the most significant challenges of the ewm deployment was that all the activities had to be carried out during on-going opera- tion. “during peak times, the system runs 19 hours straight, 6 days per week – this alone enormously reduced the times available for testing the software,” says martin rommler. “we only had a certain time slot on the weekends to connect the warehouse automated turnkey technolo- gies to the test system, empty the storage types and check the functions.” shorter response times and accelerated processes viastore’s core duty of the hana migra- tion included: upgrade of sap ewm 7.1 to 9.1 and subsequent compatibility as well as plausibility checks of the system. “we had to ensure that the abap codings of especially the enhanced functionalities were all hana compatible, so as to en- sure a smooth end-2-end processes execution in the productive system,” says mohamadou. at the same time new fea- tures were implemented as part of the process and operation optimizing post go live. however new dialogs and user inter- faces weren’t implemented. so after suc- cessful migration from oracle to hana the warehouse operators didn’t notice any change at first. “only the controllers no- ticed a speedy execution of their reports,” lameter recalls. not only the controllers are pleased today with the performance but also the supply chain execution team as a whole: “due to the connection of sap ewm to the underlying plcs of the automated warehouse technologies, the system needs to process many telegrams faster – this is just perfect for hana,” emphasizes lameter. as a result, the re- sponse times are now much shorter and the processes in the distribution center have become significantly faster com- pared to the old solution with sap les. goods received are now processed 20 percent faster, the number of picks has risen by 40 percent, the packaging pro- cess is 50 percent faster, and warehouse activities and reportings are carried out 20 times faster than before. “with the sap les solution we would never have been able to cope with the daily volumes we ship today,” rainer kemmelmeier points out. “the output of our distribution center has increased significantly and we have become much faster – in every area.” with the les solution we would never have been able to cope with the daily volumes we ship today. rainer kemmelmeier, applications manager logistics in kaeser’s it organization
wms viadat with new user interface: mouse click and wizard for optimum user guidance intralogistics news 2016 mouse click and wizard for optimum user guidance wms viadat with new user interface: viastore software has given its well-established viadat standard warehouse man- agement system a facelift. the system is easy to learn and intuitive to use for the order picker as it displays only what is important in a specific situation for the task on hand – clearly structured and in modern style. the control station operator can use the software intuitively as well: information and key data he needs all the time or only just at the moment can be put together in his own individual dashboard from an extensive library of predefined graphic elements – whether on the desktop, laptop, tablet-pc or smartphone. this means that all the figures, data and facts are constantly transparent and accessible even when out and about away from the control station – which provides a valuable basis for monitoring and decision-making during daily business. viadat warehouse management software story
customer success viadat can handle more than 2,500 logis- tics functions for manual or automated storage, for order picking and distribution. the software can be quickly implemented because it can be customized using a handy configuration wizard. this also makes it easy to create new forklift or other order picking work centers, add further warehouse areas such as bulk storage or racking systems and integrate warehouse equipment like shuttle sys- tems or driverless transport systems, for example. getting started right away instead of lengthy training since the latest version of the viadat warehouse management system is con- vincing through its intuitive user interface which makes it even easier and more in- tuitive to use than before, the warehouse operator saves a lot of time when training new employees. staff can be flexibly de- ployed and errors reduced to a minimum. moreover, the agile project methods and the high degree of configurability enable rapid implementation and shorter project periods, as well as flexible and lean pro- cesses. making processes even more efficient viadat offers a modern, powerful, proven and future-proof way to make warehouse planning and processes even more efficient. it is an innovative, future- oriented warehouse management system, based on more than 45 years of experience in the field of intralogistics. the control station staff can put together the required key information in their own individual dashboard via mouse click. viadat can be connected to all erp systems. it works independently of databases and operating systems, and offers 16 language options even in the standard version. in addition, viadat is scalable – a factor that is extremely important for rapidly developing e-commerce companies – and offers consistent multi-client capability so that it is ideally suited for logistics services providers.
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further expansion: viastore moves into new company building news intralogistics news 2016 mission accomplished: in early 2016, around 100 of 470 viastore employees moved into the new, spacious office building which is located in close prox- imity to the company headquarters in stuttgart-feuerbach. well-structured and equipped with the latest technology, the new premises offer state-of-the-art working conditions. this opens up pros- pects for the company’s further expan- sion of its business areas and opportuni- ties for developing new fields of activity. “over the past five years the number of employees at our stuttgart base has grown by more than 35 percent,” says philipp hahn-woernle, ceo of the viastore group. “and growth goes hand in hand with the need for more space,” he adds, putting it in a nutshell. the goal from the start was to create a stimulat- ing and creative environment both for employees and guests. the building’s modern architec ture and the individual, ergonomic workplaces in combination with an open-plan office concept and uninterrupted glass facades reflect viastore’s strong and integrative corpo- rate values . so the company will be well able to ensure the best possible cus- tomer care and support in the future, too. viastore moves into new company building further expansion: it´s awesome: scan the qr code and watch the film about the move! the well-structured offices are equipped with the latest technology. employees and guests alike are offered a pleasant and creative ambience.
the new, spacious office building is located in close proximity to the viastore headquarters in stuttgart-feuerbach. the modern architecture and ergonomic workplaces in combination with an open-plan concept reflect the viastore values.
industry 4.0: virtual commissioning of networked warehouse technology news accepting the award on behalf of viastore (from left to right) are dr. martin krebs, vice president development, and harald metzger, director controls, presented by state secretary peter hofelich. viastore awarded position in “100 places for industry 4.0 in baden-württemberg” competition: viastore has been named one of “100 places for industry 4.0 in baden-württemberg”. the competition was organized by “allianz industrie 4.0”, a network initiated and funded by the state of baden-württemberg. viastore impressed the jury with a convincing, innovative software solution which allows the controls of networked material flow systems to be commissioned virtually – this results in enhanced quality and efficiency, while at the same time reducing the risks and the time required for commissioning. virtual commissioning of networked warehouse technology
customer success the entire system can be commissioned virtually in advance, including the required tests. physical startup is then carried out using the digital model. industry 4.0, the intelligent networking of production and value-added processes, has long been more than just a vision and a research topic. with the “100 places for industry 4.0 in baden-württemberg” competition, the federal state in the south west of germany regularly awards innovative and practical solutions for digitalization in the skilled trades and industrial sectors. viastore was honored at a ceremony held in stuttgart acknow ledging the company’s solution that al- lows material flow control systems to be commissioned virtually. using the viastore solution, all the mate- rial flow scenarios can be implemented, tested and set to go live in a virtual envi- ronment. all components are displayed in a digital model and their operation is simulated prior to the actual implemen- tation. an entire system can be commis- sioned virtually in advance, including the required tests. physical startup is then carried out using the digital model. “our solution makes it possible to in- crease the quality and efficiency when implementing networked material flow control systems. at the same time, the risks and the time required for start-up are significantly reduced,” says philipp hahn-woernle, ceo of viastore. for cus- tomers this means that their intralogis- tics system quickly becomes productive and they can rapidly start to supply their own customers. the jury of “100 places for industry 4.0 in baden-württemberg” paid tribute to the viastore solution, in particular, by pointing to the high degree of innovation and the considerable added value for customers. watch the film “industry 4.0 - intralogistics as a pioneer”
purelox solutions: offering customers even more benefits with viadat add-ons news intralogistics news 2016 “viastore software has recognized sap expertise, which enables us to jointly provide support to our customers regardless of the technology used,” says marc schütz, sales director of purelox. offering customers even more benefits with viadat add-ons purelox solutions is a premium partner of viastore software: warehouse management system specialist purelox solutions gmbh, headquartered in kobern-gondorf near koblenz, germany will in future offer and implement the viadat wms from viastore software and help to further refine the system. “viadat is a stable, international and well-established software solution that we can ideally complement with our plx.suite in areas such as reporting, billing of logistics services or interface mapping,” says purelox managing direc- tor florian schüller. purelox focusses on conventional, manually operated logistics centers, provides consulting services to companies operating, for example, in the fields of logistics, trade and e-commerce and offers these clients suitable software solutions. “what’s more, viastore soft- ware has recognized sap expertise, which enables us to jointly provide advice and support to our customers regardless of the technology used,” explains sales director marc schütz. “we are delighted about this partner- ship,” emphasizes viastore ceo philipp hahn-woernle. “on one hand, the team has extensive experience in software im- plementation, intralogistics and product development in the software environ- ment and on the other hand, we share values such as customer commitment, and we are both solid companies with an integrated, hands-on approach.” together with the viastore group, purelox solutions is establishing itself as a specialist in overall solutions and can offer its customers innovative and fu- ture-oriented solutions and technologies. purelox managing director florian schüller: “viadat is a stable, international and well-established software solution.”
energy-efficient intralogistics: bringing as/rs to a controlled standstill during power loss news viastore has developed a system that allows each as/rs crane to be backed up and shut down without suffering wear in the event of unplanned power failure: an integrated energy store, which automatically recharges during normal operation, brings the as/rs gently to a controlled standstill during power loss. this reduces the risk of damage to the machine and the load, and also provides for a much shorter recovery time when restarting the system. in the past, such power outages presented a particular challenge to as/rs storage systems as the interruption of the power supply also affected the control voltage of the cranes. this new approach protects the as/rs and the load from potential to damage. bringing as/rs to a controlled standstill during power loss energy-efficient intralogistics:
review cemat 2016: trendsetting intralogistics at your fingertips news intralogistics news 2016 trendsetting intralogistics at your fingertips viastore offered live experience of smart supply chain solutions at cemat 2016: viastore presented innovative technology to touch, try and experience at its approx. 300 square meter booth. at cemat 2016, the viastore group presented innovative technology to touch, try and experience. at a booth of approx. 300 square meters, visitors were able to interactively inspect solutions from the two business divisions viastore systems and viastore software and see them live in action. this made the numerous benefits – from reduced logistics costs to increased productivity and flexibility – even more obvious to the user.
news viastore plans and implements tailor- made solutions that help customers efficiently integrate their warehousing and production processes, resulting in significantly reduced logistics costs per shipped unit. a 360 degree video helped cemat visitors experience what such a warehouse system looks like: users could navigate through a logistics center using a tablet and could carefully examine indi- vidual components and processes. other visitors could follow the digital tour on a huge led wall. a virtual journey into intralogistics virtual reality (vr) took the visitors even deeper into the fascinating world of intra- logistics: vr glasses turned the environ- ment of high racks and automated ware- house technology into reality, enabling the user to experience different types of pick stations such as goods-to-person, person-to-goods or pick tunnels, among others. users could also examine the viastore solutions at their booth in the traditional way. the viastore viaspeed mini-load as/rs with its innovative 2-/4- deep load handling device for handling containers and cartons of different sizes, the high performance shuttle system viaflex2 , space-saving shuttle system viaflex3 , and a viastore pallet shuttle that enables operators of beverage or frozen storage warehouses to apply multiple- deep storage for space savings plus other exhibits were on hand. outdated intralogistics systems can be modernized even during productive op- eration. viastore’s comprehensive prob- lem-solving expertise in this field from decades of experience were on display at the “retrofit interactive” kiosk. visitors tracked the stages of a system modern- ization by means of a movable monitor. they saw how such projects can be han- dled while a facility remains operational. optimizing the supply chain with standard software as for software, viastore also presented some exciting innovations at cemat – in particular the latest version of their viadat warehouse management system (wms). it offers an efficient, well-proven and future-proof possibility to manage and control the entire scope of intralo- gistics. viadat 9.0 features an optimized user interface that is even easier and more intuitive than before. this speeds up training and allows new workers to using modern planning tools and virtual reality, viastore demonstrated what the customers' logistics centers of the future looked like at their cemat booth. viastore also exhibited hardware including the shuttle system viaflex, multiple-deep storage with pallet shuttles and the mini-load as/rs viaspeed with an innovative load handling device.
news intralogistics news 2016 get a live experience of the problem- solving expertise of the hotline moreover, viastore displayed its reliability as a family-run company in a particular way and brought its high service com- petence to life at the booth. a member of the customer hotline received and solved calls from customers live during the trade show. the visitors followed on the screen how the expert connected to the system and helped the customer. the viastore hotline is available 24/7, 365 days a year. the viastore service department also per- forms tasks of preventive maintenance. viastore introduced a new monitoring tool for complete systems and it systems, which helps viastore to automatically monitor customer systems for errors, in particular of hard disks, memories, pro- cesses or mechanical components, and to analyze the data gained. that way, the availability, performance and productivity of a system can be increased significantly. viastore's cooperation partners also participated in the interactive trade show presentation: viastore and hänel büro- und lagersysteme gmbh jointly exhibited a storage carousel that is controlled by sap via a soap interface. the it and logistics specialist purelox solutions presented various add-ons for the viadat wms, including a reporting tool, an accounting tool, and an interface manager. moreover, viastore provided information about its employee training offers: the campaign "are you a talent?" was launched to inspire young people to embark on a career at viastore. become productive sooner. the wms also features additional kpi tools for extensive data evaluation and analysis. this offers a great potential to design the planning and the workflows of intralogistics even more efficiently. booth visitors tested the new viadat and executed different pick pro- cesses by means of a tablet, mobile data capturing, pick-by-light, pick-by-voice or pick-by-vision (data glasses). viastore also has substantial know-how concerning the connection and the man- agement of technologies and processes in the standard software solutions from sap. as a consultant, service provider and supplier of sap-based intralogistics solu- tions, viastore specializes in technologies and add-ons for warehouse logistics – and has been doing so for 20 years. an important topic at cemat is the combina- tion of the modern and future-proof ware- house management system sap ewm with the database system sap hana. it helps companies to accelerate their supply chains by up to 50 percent. to illustrate the advantages of their software solu- tions in an impressive way, viastore had installed the "software experience point" inviting visitors to test and try the soft- ware extensively. vr glasses turned the world of high racks and automated warehouse technology into reality, enabling visitors to the viastore booth to experience different types of intralogistics stations.
news visitors were invited to test the new wms viadat and execute various pick processes using a tablet pc, mobile data capturing, and pick-by-light, pick-by-voice or pick-by-vision (data glasses). a 360-degree video allowed cemat visitors to navigate through a real logistics center using a tablet pc. other visitors could follow the digital tour on a large led wall.
integration of refugees: the first step into german working life news intralogistics news 2016 the first step into german working life shirwan salahaldeen is 31 years old, a business economist, an it professional, and he speaks four languages. and he’s bored stiff. for some months, the iraqi has been living in refugee housing in the stuttgart district of feuerbach. recently he completed a six-week internship with viastore. as part of this internship, he first watched over the shoulders of the marketing staff to learn something about data mining and data maintenance. he also became acquainted with various other departments as well. this was an opportunity for him to take his first steps into german working life. integration of refugees: “integrative” is one of viastore’s values. “integrative is not a catch phrase for us, but a part of our dna, just as inter national and solid,” explains philipp hahn-woernle. he took the initiative very early, when the first refugees arrived at the bubenhalde refugee accommodation in feuerbach: he doubled each euro that his employees donated. many partici- pated, and a total of more than €10,000 was raised. “and many donated tv sets, bicycles, warm clothes and toys,” hahn-woernle remembers. “what did we do with all that money?” philipp hahn-woernle smiles. “it is also a part of our dna that we are respon- sive.” thus it seemed inappropriate to him just to transfer the money to some bank account. viastore spent the money on laptops, data projectors, monitors, security locks and storage cabinets. dirk gehlich, an employee of the viastore de- velopment department, started teaching computer courses last winter. “we learn how to boot a computer, where you can click, and how to write texts, including job applications, of course,” he explains. the knowledge levels differ significantly, and sometimes you may feel reminded of a language class rather than a computer course. “many refugees get in touch with a pc for the first time, and thus their respect is considerable,” dirk gehlich points out. “but some of them have good skills and a certain level of routine with a pc.” some other residents even have very good it and language skills, includ- ing shirwan salahaldeen. he handed in his job application for the internship in writing, and in german. according to the logistics indicator of bvl, the german logistics association, around 75% of logistics service providers plan to em- ploy refugees. the majority of respondents see this as an opportu- nity to counteract demographic change. insufficient language skills are considered to represent the biggest challenge. planned employment of refugees no: 25% yes: 75%
customer focus further strengthened: thomas preller heads the sales department news viastore has further strengthened its customer focus in the field of intralogistics systems by recruit- ing thomas preller as vice president sales. 44-year-old preller, who holds a degree in business administration, is an accomplished industry specialist. backed by his team, in his new role he is re- sponsible for consulting, planning and sales of automated intralogistics systems, for both the german and the international markets. “we are pleased to have recruited an intralogistics professional with an extensive background and experience,” says detlef ganz, coo of viastore. married and a father of two, thomas preller started his career 17 years ago at siemens and dematic, as the company was later called, as a logistics consultant and implementer of sap projects. later he worked as product manager for hardware, then as team and department head as well as site manager in charge of sales and the management of it and warehouse automation projects. his goal at viastore is to correlate the global sales organization even further in line with customer needs and to increase the customers’ competitive edge through efficient logistics. “the conditions at viastore as a family-owned company are excellent. viastore is broadly based with an international presence, and the team has an extensive know-how,” says preller. thomas preller heads the sales department thomas preller is vice president sales of viastore. customer focus further strengthened: viastore software is a silver-level status sap service partner viastore software gmbh has been granted the silver-level status as a service partner within the sap partner edge pro- gram. “for us this is an important step to further grow our sap business,” says patrick eichstädt, coo of viastore software. “achieving the silver-level status as an sap service partner means that we can now provide even more intensive strategic advice to our customers and optimize their business processes.” with its partner edge program, sap intensifies collaboration with its partner companies and provides them with powerful re- sources, expertise and services. in turn, this allows the partners to support their customers in the most effective way possible. sap partner edge program: news
"are you a talent?" viastore launches staff recruitment campaign news viastore launches staff recruitment campaign are you a talent? viastore has launched a campaign to successfully attract new employees in the future, too. at cemat 2016, the world’s leading intralogistics trade fair, the company initiated its “are you a talent?” project to inspire motivated professionals to embark on a career at viastore. in addition, the careers section on the company’s website is currently being expanded and new infor- mational material developed for applicants. however, the most important component of the campaign is the brand new hr film. here it is not actors who take center stage, but rather viastore employees themselves who give brief statements about their jobs, viastore’s corporate culture and values, their motivation and their daily work. “it is important to us that potential appli- cants acquire an accurate interpretation of who we are, what distinguishes us and how they can envision their daily routine at viastore. and nobody can convey this impression better than our own staff,” says philipp hahn-woernle. in this way, the viastore ceo sums up the goal behind the new campaign: providing applicants guidance by offering personal insights into viastore – from the perspective of their potential future colleagues. tom coyne new president of viastore usa viastore focuses on the future: tom coyne is the new president of viastore usa. viastore further strengthens its us business by recruiting tom coyne into the company. the intralogistics expert has more than 25 years of experience in the industry, and started his new position as the president of viastore usa on august 8th, 2016. "tom coyne has remarkable material handling knowledge, a strong customer focus, shares our values, and knows the north american market very well. we are pleased that he will lead our us team in the future", says philipp hahn-woernle, ceo of the viastore group. before joining viastore, tom coyne was ceo at kardex remstar in the usa, and held leading positions in other companies, such as diamond phoenix, system logistics and rapistan demag. "viastore is already well positioned in the us market with a strong customer base built over the last 30 years. we will continue this path and with a complete focus on the customer while achieving our company goals. i am really looking forward to that", he says. are you a talent?
3 questions - 3 answers special viadat or sap ewm: which software is better suited for what tasks? difficult question. both viadat and sap ewm are cutting-edge products in tech- nical and functional respect and cover all intralogistics demands. our experts can extend both of these wms so that they meet special requirements with the standard being maintained. the decision as to which product is best suited for a specific application is considered to- gether with the customer. for users with a non-sap-erp, viadat is always the first choice. for customers using sap-erp, the decision often depends on the general it strategy, the infrastructure and their willingness to contribute their efforts to- ward implementing the project. why has viadat been given a new user interface? what’s the benefit? in addition to a comprehensive range of functions it is important that software is intuitive to use and self-explanatory. this minimizes the familiarization period and increases acceptance on the part of employees as well as their motivation to work with it. we have witnessed this with iphone & co. another important aspect is that a wms runs on more and more different devices – from smartphones to data glasses, from tablet pcs to mdc. the user interface has to adapt flexibly to all of these, yet still maintain its intuitive and familiar look and feel. with viadat 9.0, users working at the control station or in system administration for example, can configure their own individual interface, for instance for a warehouse cockpit. or they can simply create a new storage location or modify existing ones using a wizard. with viadat 9.0, users can configure their own individual user interface. 3 questions - 3 answers markus müllerschön, vice president sales, viastore software viastore has supplied automated storage systems for 45 years. how does software for manually op- erated systems work? automated warehouses require a wms that features interfaces for a range of different technical systems and op- timizes the performance and energy consumption of system components in real time depending on the situation. the logistic processes and topology are defined by the system technology. in manual systems we need a much higher degree of flexibility. therefore, viadat offers our customers the possibility of a dialog-based adjustment of warehouse processes and configuration of system components. this requires a large library of standard functions as well as logical and user-friendly guidance in order to configure, parameterize and test the changed logistics requirements quickly and safely. also, viadat provides exten- sive control station functions for the operation of manual warehouses, such as our resource management module for personnel deployment planning or so- phisticated monitoring and bi functions. 1 2 3 masthead: publisher and responsible for contents: viastore systems gmbh viastore software gmbh magirusstraße 13 · 70469 stuttgart, germany t +49 711 9818-0 · [email protected] editors: dr. matthias schweizer (responsible), selin selter pictures: viastore, kd busch, detlef göckeritz, picture reference volume 17, issue 2016 123 t +497119818-0 · [email protected]
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