The Krones group headquartered in Neutraubling, Germany, designs, develops and installs machinery and complete lines for the beverages and liquid food industry. Since founded in 1951, the market leader has developed far beyond being a traditional machine and plant manufacturer. As a system supplier, the company provides all machinery and systems required for production, including components as well as intralogistics and IT solutions.
Krones uses SAP for manufacturing processes for new machinery as well as for handling spare parts. Previously, processes for both operations had been mapped within SAP within a single business unit (“plant”). Given the strong interdependencies between the processes, which in some cases had been implemented inconsistently over time, the specific requirements of the spare parts business could be no longer mapped adequately.
In terms of sourcing, the requirements of the spare parts unit are incompatible with those of the new machinery unit. The shortest possible delivery times are required even for small quantities, while at the same time reliable delivery dates must be communicated to customers. Price plays only a minor role here. Speedy sourcing, specific sourcing strategies and targeted selection of suppliers are equally critical for success as is transparency of stock availability to ensure customer delivery.
In order to optimally support the increasing volume and the specific requirements in the spare parts business, Krones decided to reorganize the related processes and map spare parts logistics as a separate plant in SAP.
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