Brief overview of the project
Since 1964, the family company Schukat has been selling components, semicon- ductors and electronic components. Around 20,000 products of 200 manufacturers are available in large quantities. Maximum performances in the field of logistics are therefore essential. After all, approximately 10,000 customers in 50 countries rely on having their ordered products quickly delivered to them.
The legacy system was able to map the core processes fairly well, but there was no standardised way to establish a connection to external systems. Further developments were only possible by individual programming. This is why Schukat decided to introduce a new, modern IT solution that should support the proven processes in the same way as the previous software, while also being future-proof and extendable. The approach was to move away from individualisation and towards standardisation: The choice fell on SAP EWM. Initial doubts with regard to the feasibility of mapping highly specialised processes in the standard version have been cleared up. Even the argument that SAP would be too big for medium-sized companies was not justifiable.
In order to map the special requirements related to the packaging logistics, the handling unit management was implemented. As a central element in all warehouse processes, the handling unit offers a high efficiency as well as a full traceability of all products up to the manufacturer.
The service-oriented company Schukat enables its customers to select certain product criteria when placing an order. Due to the highly flexible batch integration, the products can be delivered "in bulk", "straight from the manufacturer", "without partial pallet quantity" or even "RoHS compliant".
Another highlight of the EWM project is the so-called splitting process during shipping. While a cross-delivery optimisation is implemented in the picking process, an optimal assignment to the individual deliveries is ensured by the splitting process during shipping afterwards.
Despite a tight time schedule, the project execution was on the spot. A test laboratory specifically set up for training purposes turned out to be just as effective as the high level of commitment of the project team and the short decision-making processes. The already partially automated storage system and the existing infrastructure could be directly integrated and without any problems. With SAP EWM, the correct course was set for extending the storage capacity and the automation of the warehouse logistics.