As one of the world's leading manufacturers of potassium and magnesium fertilizers and the global market leader in salt production, K+S has a presence across many continents. In order to fall back on a uniform and consistent IT platform internationally as well, the K+S Group relies on SAP standard software. In the areas of logistics and production among others, in order to eliminate interfaces to proprietary systems and to create applications and processes that are both flexible and possible to administrate independently.
In addition to the rollout of the SAP Extended Warehouse Management (EWM) in connection with automated warehousing technology at K+S’s sister company esco – european salt company – IGZ Best Practice solutions are deployed at several K+S sites for shop floor integration based on SAP Manufacturing Integration and Intelligence (MII). K+S is thereby pursuing a logical path towards integrating production and logistics processes consistently in SAP.
The K+S Group, formerly known as Kali + Salz, is the only commodities stock to be listed on the DAX, the German stock market index, and is a globally active extraction and mining company. The company’s corporate headquarters are located in Kassel, while the sites belonging to the Group’s extraction and service companies are spread over almost all the continents of the world. The regional business activity priorities are focused on Europe as well as the regions of North and South America.
Together with the esco companies – the european salt company and Morton Salt, as well as the South American Sociedad Punta de Lobos – the K+S Group is the global leader in salt production when measured by production capacity. K+S belongs to the world's top group of suppliers of standard and specialist fertilizers and offers a comprehensive range of services for agriculture, industry and private consumers.
The company employs around 15,000 employees, who show daily commitment to the “Experience growth” promise. In the 2010 financial year the K+S Group achieved a turnover of circa EUR 5.0 bn.
On account of its global activities, unifying the internal IT architecture across the K+S Group was of crucial significance. K+S decided to implement the business processes for SAP ERP (Enterprise Resource Planning) and operate further SAP system platforms such as SAP SCM (Supply Chain Management) and SAP APO (Advanced Planner & Optimizer).
The Group's SAP activities are centrally coordinated and implemented by the IT services subsidiary K+S IT-Services. It promotes the further development of the IT strategy, assists in the design of the K+S Group’s business process model and provides the customer-oriented, cost-effective, timely IT services required by all companies within the Group.
The rigorous SAP philosophy is not only translated at the business level. The objective is to integrate end-to-end processes into SAP and also to handle logistics and production processes using SAP standard modules. As one of the world’s top companies, in 2007 K+S implemented SAP Extended Warehouse Management (EWM) at its sister company esco – the european salt company – for the direct integration of automated warehouse technology. K+S also operates in plant applications and production. Interfaces are reduced to create a future-proofed SAP platform. With the SAP MII (Manufacturing Integration and Intelligence) standard software module K+S have unlimited integration options for mapping shop floor processes in SAP Standard.
- SAP MII 12.1 (Manufacturing Integration and Intelligence)
- SAP MII-Integration in SAP ERP ECC 6.0
- TCP/IP direct connection of the machines to SAP ERP
- Online logging / evaluation of parameters relevant to the process
- Online feedback on quantities through SAP MII to SAP ERP
- Visualization of order history and parameters relevant to the process for line managers, for instance.
- Process mapping in an environment requiring validation
- Maintenance-friendly system landscape thanks to the removal of non-SAP interfaces
- Current inventory status via real-time feedback process orders and entries on goods movements
- Maximum data transparency and continuous visibility on all labeling processes
- Future-proofed thanks to release-ready SAP standard software
- High degree of stability, scalability and performance due to homogeneous SAP MII and SAP ERP solution
- Independence through recourse to open SAP MII Best Practice features