With the "LVSone" project, SFS has created a homogeneous LVS platform, a return to a highly standardized LVS process level and reduction of interfaces in the logistic IT architecture for the worldwide rollout. 

In the course of this SAP IT strategy, SFS intec, with support from IGZ, implemented SAP Extended Warehouse Management (EWM) and the integrated material flow control (MFS) at the Leeds/GB site and replaced the external warehouse administration and material flow system used outside. 

As part of the project, various manual stores were connected, in addition to a 2-lane Daifuku AKL. In addition to the production connection, the receipts and picking processes are designed with RF. In addition, jointly with IGZ, specific features such as receipt strategies, cross docking, order consolidation and direct printing connection from SAP EWM have been implemented. 


SFS intec is an international development partner, manufacturer and supplier of precision shaped parts, special screws and mechanical fastening elements. With years of expertise in selected and powerful basic technologies, cold solid reshaping, powder metallurgy and plastic injection molding systems, SFS intec implements ideas economically and on time in useful solutions. 

At its Leeds site, SFS intec uses an automatic container from the system provider, Daifuku, which is connected via an interface converter directly with the current warehouse administration system (AS400 basis). The two-lane container warehouse is fitted with an automatic stacker crane (RBG) for each lane. The preliminary zone, connected directly with the warehouse, has two picking stations, each with a container line. The stacker cranes and conveyor system are controlled by a proprietary Daifuku microprocessor controller.

Worldwide, the SFS Group operates 15 warehouses (manual and automatic), in which seven different warehouse management systems from different manufacturers are productive and represent a non-uniform logistics IT architecture. 

Increasing difficulties in guaranteeing operation (cost/benefits versus performance and delivery capability) led to the decision for a group-wide reorganization and standardization of the warehouse administration applications. 

The objective from an IT perspective was, in addition to this homogenization of the LVS platform, to affect a return to a highly standardized LVS process level and unification and reduction of interfaces in the logistic IT architecture. 

In addition, outsourced systems and/or proprietary middleware re being abandoned and the availability of processes, features and data created in a single system. 

At the Leeds site, there was a genuine need for action based on limited MFR support in the automated spare parts store (AKL). 

With support from IGZ, the AKL at the Leeds/GB site was equipped with SAP EWM/MFS and has gone successfully into production. This is how SFS was able to connect successfully with another site as part of the rollout plan.

SAP EWM / MFS (SAP Extended Warehouse Management): AUTOMATED SMALL PARTS STORE

  • Cyclical inventory check at container level
  • Stacker cranes duplicated for receipts and issues
  • Administration of container occupancy in SAP EWM / MFS
  • Issues tied to loads (load finding in SAP EWM)


  • SAP EWM controlled, sequential container service at WzP picking stations
  • SAP ERP prioritizing of picking jobs
  • Generating pick HUs
  • Order-related picking


  • Requirement and consumption related material supply for production order
  • Production supply/disposal with standard RF
  • SAP EWM real time posting for SAP PP production order

  • Direct connection from Daifuku system to SAP EWM / MFS (middleware unnecessary)
  • Direct communication based on standardized TCP/IP interface
  • SAP EWM / MFS 5.1 (Extended Warehouse Management)
  • "Handshaking" and Daifuku telegram development designed in SAP
  • Datalogix Kyman mobile handheld terminals - 4 units
  • Preliminary zone conveyor system from Daifuku, the manufacturer
  • Microcontroller
  • Zebra printer for pick HU in picking area/stations
  • 2 stacker cranes from Daifuku, the manufacturer

  • System standardization, AS400 replacement
  • Implementation of demanding processes in SAP Standard EWM / MFS (e.g. cross-docking, deconsolidation)
  • Strategic benefits through SAP EWM / MFS rollout
  • Manageable modernization costs for upgrade to SPC SIMATIC S7

"During the entire period of the project, I felt well advised by IGZ and had confidence in them. The services were at a high level, proactive, customer-oriented and were provided with a high degree of motivation." 

SFS intec

Key Facts


  • Leeds


  • 40,000 places
  • Direct warehouse control SAP MFS 5.1
  • 2 lanes
  • 2 picking stations
  • 300 warehouse movements daily
  • WMS modernization; template for SAP EWM / MFS 5.1 rollout