Harouna Mohamadou, director SAP consulting at viastore, discussed why more companies are taking a closer look at implementing SAP Supply Chain Execution (SCE), Extended Warehouse Management (EWM), or SAP Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) Warehouse Management (WM) in their automated and/or conventional warehouses.
Mohamadou noted, “Whether the choice is SAP, EWM, or WM, partnering with an intralogistics solutions supplier who is experienced in linking and streamlining a workflow from WMS to the given automation equipment’s programmable logic controllers (PLCs) is critical to a successful implementation and higher ongoing benefits later. Because each integration is highly situation-dependent, and the ideal solution may require customization of standardized architecture—or application of additional software—to best achieve an operation’s goals within the constraints of budget, timeline, processes, and equipment investments.”
Without a connection to SAP, EWM, or WM, goods movement in and out of the VLMs must be directed manually. That means, in order to complete a pick from the storage module, management first has to create an order for goods movement in the ERP, producing a pick list accessed by an operator at a remote computer station. The operator receives the order information, prints it, travels to the VLM, and executes goods movement in the machine by manually keying in the instruction at the human machine interface (HMI) screen. After waiting for the proper tray to queue, the operator searches for and picks the item, and finally travels back to the computer station to confirm the pick.
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viastore Systems conducted the second annual study among top material handling managers to investigate critical topics. The name of the report is, “Material Handling System Choices: Priorities, Approaches and Selection Processes of Decision Makers.”
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About viastore Systems, Inc.
For over 40 years, viastore Systems, Inc. has been a leading international provider of automated material handling solutions including AS/RS (automated storage and retrieval systems) and conveyor systems, warehouse management systems software, material flow and process controls, and integrated SAP logistics solutions. The company employs over 470 people worldwide and has annual sales of over $140 Million. viastore’s focus is on consulting and planning, together with the implementation and constant improvement of intralogistics solutions with locations in Germany, USA, France, Spain, Czech Republic, Russia, China, Croatia, Turkey, Poland, Israel, Ukraine, Sweden, and Brazil.
viastore Systems, with North American headquarters in Grand Rapids, MI, (www.us.viastore.com) is an integrated and certified partner for all major ERP system database and operating system suppliers such as SAP, Oracle, and Microsoft. viastore Systems earned a return spot on Food Logistics’ 2015 FL100+ list of software and technology providers whose products and solutions are key to the global food supply chain. Viastore Systems is a proud member of MHI.
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