Welser Profile GmbH produces special profiles made of steel, stainless steel and non-ferrous metals at four production sites by roll forming.
In preparation for the introduction of an electronic catalog ordering system and the introduction of automated vertical storage systems, the material master data for the indirect material was analyzed. It was found that the existing old structure with product groups and material types was no longer up-to-date and, moreover, was not implemented consistently.
A project was set up for the uniform classification of material master data for indirect material. The Paradine GmbH, a global active specialist in material master data management, was assigned to implement the project.
In the ERP system SAP more than 50.000 material master data for indirect material were created.
For about half of the material master data also purchase order texts or basic data texts were available. In addition to the material type in the ERP system, there was a material group structure with approx. 290 material groups.
There were no uniform rules for designations or purchase order texts. This led to varying data quality, long search time, incorrect and incomplete results when searching and finding existing parts as well as duplicates when creating new parts.
Due to the grown structure and lack of uniform categorizations, evaluations such as spend analyses were also time-consuming and the results were afflicted with inaccuracies.
The tool and equipment issue in production is organized via classic warehouses. The parts are issued by warehouse employees.
Due to the size of the production sites, distances of up to 1.5 km from the production facility to the warehouse location are possible. This leads to a high expenditure of time when spare or auxiliary materials and supplies are needed.