IGZ successfully completes 500th SAP EWM project

IGZ - The SAP engineers can now look back on the 500th successful go-live of the SAP EWM extended warehouse management system. The go-live in Kozieglowy, Poland, took place in parallel to the ongoing main SAP EWM project for the Hawle Austria Group, which is headquartered in Vöcklabruck.

In reaching the 500 mark, IGZ, based in Falkenberg, Opf., is continuing to expand its position as a leading SAP EWM general contractor in the area of intralogistics, especially in connection with automated warehouse technology. This is because the lion's share of the 500 SAP EWM projects was also implemented with the SAP material flow component MFS (Material Flow System).

At its headquarters in Frankenmarkt, Hawle, a specialist in the development and manufacture of heavy-duty valves, is currently building a new automated high-bay warehouse to supply production. IGZ will also implement SAP EWM/MFS here and, as usual, dispense with legacy systems to control the subordinate plant technology. Another Hawle production facility is located in Kozieglowy. At this location, the implementation of SAP EWM had to be brought forward for the inventory to be carried out in time for the upcoming turn of the year. The functionalities required for this were implemented based on the SAP standard RF framework, which will also be used in Frankenmarkt. IGZ's services for this pre-project extended from the SAP EWM specification phase, which kicked off in mid-October 2019, to the go-live, which took place just a few weeks later at the end of November.

Most powerful warehouse management system in the world

This 500th EWM go-live is another milestone in the success story of SAP EWM general contractor IGZ, which celebrated its 20th anniversary in 2019. In 2007, IGZ was the first company worldwide to successfully implement SAP EWM including SAP MFS in connection with an automated high-bay warehouse at esco - european salt company, a subsidiary of the K+S Group. Today, IGZ employs nearly 250 SAP EWM, SAP MFS and SAP TM (Transportation Management) experts in the SAP warehousing environment.

At Hawle, the next task is to introduce the standard software at the new production supply warehouse in Frankenmarkt. This provides end-to-end process support from goods receipt to dispatch, enables paperless, mobile order processing and ensures maximum transparency of all inventories and movements. Proprietary systems are no longer required, as SAP EWM already has an integrated material flow control with the SAP MFS (Material Flow System) component and can be directly integrated into the customer's SAP world.

Both SAP EWM and S/4HANA expertise in demand

In order to provide Hawle with certainty with regard to budgeting, project duration and the suitability of the implementation concept, IGZ carried out a deployment analysis in the run-up to the commissioning. During this, the announced costs and deadlines as well as the real added value to be achieved in operations were confirmed from a business management perspective. The commissioning of the new SAP EWM/MFS-controlled automated warehouse is planned for the first half of 2021.

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