Success story

Process optimization
by switching to SAP

Spitz Gruppe

Service
Build
Industry
Food industry
Location
Attnag - Puchheim (AUT)

The Spitz Group has been a successful Austrian producer of food and beverages for more than 160 years and is now a fixed feature of the international food industry. To better tap into its digitalization potential and realize the opportunities of supply chain integration, the company decided in 2015 to switch to SAP.

Goals

The Spitz Group was looking for a digitalization strategy that would support its current processes and offer opportunities for further development.

  • Replacing the existing ERP system Microsoft Dynamics AX with SAP
  • Increasing digitalization in the goods flow to better depict cross-company processes and intensify the VMI integration with customers and suppliers
  • Staying competitive and better exploiting new potential

Implementation

“Selecting the right implementation partner was very important to us, which is why we invested time in a separate preliminary project to familiarize ourselves with the process competence and the working styles of the potential partners in advance. The project results show the evaluation team was right to choose scc.”
Wolfgang Ehrengruber, Head of Group IT at the Spitz Group

Results

High level of digitalization in the goods flow

Improved depiction of cross-company processes and greater VMI integration with customers and suppliers based on SAP.

Optimal supply of production with the SAP replenishment cockpit

Fully automatic supply of the production supermarkets with raw materials using the SAP supply cockpit. The planned material needs, supermarket capacity and regular consumption postings are all included in the calculation, and the identified materials are guided to the corresponding supermarkets via the SAP stacker control system.

Automatic stacker control system

Both the warehouse management module and the TRM module (task and resource management) were implemented for the stacker control system. Placing goods into storage following deliveries as well as location transfers and the supply to production can be depicted on the mobile systems of the corresponding stackers, allowing for automated display of many procedures.

Load optimization with algorithms

To guarantee the optimal loading of the transports, an algorithm was developed in-house that takes into account the distance traveled as well as pallet locations and the weights of the pallets.
After more than a year of work on the project, SAP successfully went live in October 2017, on time and on budget.