News about IGZ

SAP and control technology from a single source!

10/10/2013 | Falkenberg

True to its status as a full-service provider, IGZ goes beyond SAP-only implementation work to offer corresponding services in the fields of plant and control technology with its subsidiary IGZ Automation PLC retrofit changeovers (e.g. converting an S5 to S7 controls)  Management of HBW or AS/RS new installs as a general contractorOptimisation work in existing logistics/production facilitiesThe end result: SAP-PLC plant systems from IGZ – Your one-stop shop!With its operational logistics solutions, SAP now offers a wide range of field-proven software modules. The SAP modules EWM and LES can now completely replace conventional warehouse management and material flow systems.Via a direct connection to the SAP PLC level, users benefit from: Complete replacement of individual s

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Advanced features available with SAP ME 6.1

07/10/2013 | Falkenberg

For some years now, SAP has been offering a powerful MES system in the form of Manufacturing Execution (SAP ME), which represents a perfect addition to the existing functionality in SAP ERP. In this way, existing production planning is extended by making SAP-integrated production control and handling available to the shop-floor.A host of new features in SAP ME (SAP Manufacturing Execution) 6.1 makes it clear that it has established itself as a "global player" in the broad-based market for MES systems.In comparison with the previous version, SAP ME (SAP Manufacturing Execution) 6.1 offers additional improvements such as: Ergonomically improved touchscreen interfaces for intuitive system operationAdditional standard integration scenarios with SAP ERP modulesExtended documentation with how-to

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Direct integration of SAP ME with SAP EWM

07/09/2013 | Falkenberg

Close integration of production logistics and in-house production/assembly is an objective now increasingly sought-after. With SAP Manufacturing Execution (SAP ME), SAP offers an MES for discrete manufacturing. To handle the logistics side, SAP offers its Extended Warehouse Management (SAP EWM), a platform for handling production logistics. This close integration of logistics and production can be optimally implemented with SAP ME (Manufacturing Executions) and SAP EWM (Extended Warehouse Management). In this context, IGZ is currently completing the world's first implementation of an ME/EWM (Manufacturing Executions/Extended Warehouse Management) solution at Aspöck Systems GmbH. The synergies and value of both modules are being fully realised in this project.  As a mid-size

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SAP EWM / SAP MFS now managing the TYROLIT logistics centre for the Swarovski Group

23/05/2013 | Schwaz/Tyrol (Austria)

As part of the modernisation of the logistics centre at Schwaz, TYROLIT Schleifmittelwerke Swarovski KG has replaced all external warehouse management and material flow systems with the SAP software suite.TYROLIT, a Swarovski Group company, is headquartered in Schwaz/Tyrol (Austria), and is one of the world's leading developers and manufacturers of grinding tools with abrasives featuring all types of grit and binding variants, as well as a comprehensive range of dressing tools. TYROLIT operates a logistics centre in Schwaz for the supply of all of the sites in Europe, as well as direct sales areas.For shipping in Europe, TYROLIT requires the highest possible level of availability from its logistics centre in Schwaz.The company was faced with the prospect of a comprehensive retrofit of its

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SAP MII FLOW+PACK: Online Process Control & Quality Assurance

06/05/2013 | Meilen (Switzerland)

MIDOR AG is the leading Swiss producer of preserved pastry goods, ice cream and dessert powders. The delightful product range of this company based in Meilen (Switzerland) includes around 750 products.Currently, instructions for manufacturing these sweet delicacies are passed to an estimated 25 production lines using a multitude of paper documents. Production-relevant confirmations are also recorded manually. To increase process reliability, reduce organisational effort and increase quality assurance, MIDOR therefore initiated the project "Interactive Production Data System" (IPDS). With the SAP MII (Manufacturing Integration and Intelligence) Flow + Pack solution, IGZ offers a utility-oriented package that meets these requirements.In the future, shopfloor employees will therefore benefit

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New one-stop shop for the oldest textile mill in Germany

05/05/2013 | Tirschenreuth

Looking to meet the challenges and cost pressures of an ever-changing market, the family-owned business Mehler decided to invest in a centralised and automated high-bay warehouse in Tirschenreuth.The objective of this new-build project was to consolidate the local warehouses to achieve the greatest possible storage density. Mehler brought the IGZ subsidiary IGZ Automation onto the project as the general contractor for handling the areas of planning, project management, structural steel, plant and control systems.The end result of the project was a new dual-aisle warehouse with 2,016 tote bays and a single-aisle warehouse with 648 Euro pallet bays, plus a conveyor-based handling system. Mehler was particularly keen to ensure that the physical work of employees in the warehouse was made

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Automated tray warehouse offers greater flexibility at NIEHOFF

01/05/2013 | Schwabach

As a long-standing, family-run business with a knack for innovation, the NIEHOFF engineering works produces wire-drawing plant for the wire and cable industry. To meet the challenge of future growth, a multi-phase construction project was initiated for a new factory and office premises in Schwabach, whose logistical centre is represented by an automated tray warehouse with over 8,000 storage bins. NIEHOFF decided to bring IGZ onto the project as a general manager overseeing the in-house logistics deliverables.The groundwork for future success was laid as early as the planning phase: open issues concerning the dimensioning of the automated warehouse were resolved with the experience and planning simulation offered by IGZ (stacker crane layout, loop vs. crosswise travel for carts, buffer lan

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Logistics retrofit – Restoring the reliability of older systems

15/02/2013 | Erbendorf

It's familiar to any automated warehouse system owner (high-bay warehouse, small part AS/RS, conveyor systems, etc.): There's often a "hitch" at the same old places in the PLC/plant system. The usual approach is a daily struggle to cope with the symptoms. As wear and attrition worsens over the years, however, so too does the risk of an increasing frequency of system downtime. Specialised interventions can help to restore the reliability of plant systems – but only if such interventions are performed in a timely and targeted manner.One of the daily challenges facing a warehouse owner is retaining the value of the automated logistics system currently installed while safeguarding both availability and system performance. Yet the "ravages of time" are felt after only a few years of using the

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Faster project completion with the SAP MII Rapid Deployment Solution

01/02/2013 | Kassel

For the more effective handling of packaging processes, K+S KALI GmbH is using the IGZ Rapid Deployment Solution (RDS) to integrate its SAP ERP system with plant control systems for the packaging and labelling of Big Bags and bagged goods. Supplementing the efficient processing of orders, support is also provided for visualising and reporting on line data.At its Wintershall and Zielitz sites, K+S KALI GmbH manufactures products that are filled by bagging or Big Bag plant. Applicator equipment attaches an order-specific label to each bag. The same process is used by a service provider in Bebra.K+S KALI decided it needed to take action to overcome the restrictions of the non-upgradeable silo solutions previously deployed. Time and again, the multitude of systems and interfaces deployed resul

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Innovative SAP EWM Customer Logistics for HANSGROHE

11/01/2013 | Offenburg

With support from SAP Logistics integrators IGZ, Hansgrohe has set a new standard in logistics: From autumn 2011, SAP EWM/MFS (SAP Extended Warehouse Management/SAP Material Flow System) is now managing all of the processes at the company's existing highly-automated logistics centre in Offenburg.In the sanitaryware segment, Hansgrohe enjoys the reputation of being an innovation leader in technology, design and sustainability. And these efforts have paid off: in 2011, the Hansgrohe Group posted new record figures for sales and earnings of approximately €764 million. This success can also be attributed to a logistics setup precisely tailored to the needs of the markets. "We call it 'customer logistics'," explains Volker Weisenhorn, Head of Customer and Distribution Logistics at the Offenbu

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