Machine industry

Engineered-to-Order: a challenge for procurement

Engineered-to-Order: a challenge for procurement

Machine builders depend on supply customer-specific solutions in small series. Often, variants and country or customer-specific requirements are considered in advance during the design phase. Consequently, it is characteristic of the industry that no two machines are alike.

For the buyer, this means that it is difficult to predict which parts he will have to buy, let alone keep in stock. Another characteristic is that in some cases over 70 per cent of the parts are purchased: A machine builder can't make everything by himself.

This means that purchasing has a great influence on the cost price and contributes significantly to profitability and competitive strength. Transparent and lean material management is, therefore, an important success factor in mechanical engineering.

GIB's solution, which is fully integrated into SAP, offers a well-thought-out and user-friendly requirements analysis and inventory management. In the inventory management dashboard, the warehouse stocks and data such as safety stock, order date, stock value, slow mover, etc. are visible at a glance and it is immediately clear where intervention is required. Based on an ABC and XYZ analysis, the materials are grouped and the MRP parameters can be optimized per group. The result of the applied parameters can then be simulated. The "Operations" module is the perfect tool for day-to-day business in purchasing: all important information at a glance, including an automated processing sequence and a warning system that indicates upcoming bottlenecks at an early stage. More security and transparency with simultaneous optimization of stock and safety stocks is not possible. 

Not convinced yet? Then take a look at our case study of CLAAS!

Managing increasing material volumes without extra personnel

Because of its high export ratio, the German agricultural engineering industry is heavily dependent on international developments - and not only on the agricultural sector as the buyer of its products. Alongside ever-stiffer competition caused by globalization, the protectionist policy of the USA, the sanctions between the EU and Russia and unclear trade relations with the United Kingdom owing to Brexit all pose challenges to the agricultural engineering industry. In order to be able to respond with agility and solid supply-chain processes to these increasingly complex market conditions, one European market leader in agricultural machine manufacturing has opted for the GIB Suite, a certified SAP add-on for optimizing logistics processes within SAP. 

CASE STUDY

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