7 solutions for better component management
Blog written by Toon de Greef, Senior SAP EWM Consultant
The control of the intricate planning system has also been tuned in detail. This article covers seven struggles manufacturing companies face. With the link between EWM and ME, Aiden's SAP consultants have a solution for every struggle. A case at a multinational in the Eindhoven region serves as an illustration.
Struggle 1: space gap at the production sites
Component management is a complex task when production locations are faced with a lack of space. The Persistent Staging Area (PSA) is way too full when all components of a production order are delivered at once. The supply of components is arranged for two half-days. Thanks to the link between EWM and ME, component management is much smoother. How does this integration work in practice? From SAP ECC comes into SAP
ME within each production order separately. This system then puts together a very detailed planning. EWM then receives the enriched, fine-grained planning in return. This planning is one hundred percent time-based.
Struggle 2: Keeping stock on 3 levels
systems exactly the same, so that everyone has the same information: the planner in SAP ECC, the warehouse supervisor in SAP EWM and the production engineer in SAP ME. A built-in 'triangle' between the 3 systems ensures and streamlines accurate inventory management. Everyone looks in their own system, but has the same view of the stock.
Struggle 3: Changes in production schedule, without disruption
Production orders are released before production starts. If these orders are in EWM, we can do the staging well in time. After the staging, nothing will be adjusted in the PMR. In this way we prevent that we constantly disrupt the work in the warehouse. All three systems are aware of these rescheduling. On paper, this solution sounds very simple. In reality it is a lot
more complex. Especially with machines that consist of hundreds of thousands of parts, where there is only 2 to 4 hours of storage space at the production location.
Struggle 4: Closing Production Order and Tracking component consumption
Struggle 5: reuse and store components and tools
we keep an accurate usage record. This registration is important for a timely check, recalibration or replacement of tools. And the registration provides insight into the location in the warehouse where everything is stored.
Struggle 6: exceptions and by-products
Struggle 7: Counting Stock in Work in Progress
changes when the production engineer unpacks and scans components and feeds this information back via SAP ME.
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