wayRTS is standard software for advanced planning and scheduling in real time. It is connected via interfaces to the data-leading ERP and can also write planning decisions back to it. Normally, in the course of implementation, tests are run using data from the productive system, for in the end, this data is what will be used to generate generally valid planning and for visualizations. On this basis, it is possible to simulate various scenarios for procurement, resource assignment, production, and logistics. The challenge with this project: due to the simultaneous introduction of SAP by a consulting team in Taiwan and wayRTS by valantic, the valantic team in particular was working with “moving targets.” However, cooperation between the project team at HOHNER and SONOR and the Taiwanese consultants worked well and revealed that the wayRTS export interface provided quality control for migration of the data to SAP. Joint fine-tuning could be done at various points, so that these producers of musical instruments will have plant-spanning transparent production and supply chain planning with correct master data that is meaningful for IT-supported processes.
The planning for the companies in question is focused especially on sales, for 95% of sales come through bricks-and-mortar music stores around the world. Strong growth markets in Russia and Asia, as well as one-off production, are the concerns that are attracting the special attention of the planning team at HOHNER and SONOR. Thanks to the introduction of wayRTS to allow transparent location-spanning planning, in the future, the planning teams in Trossingen and Bad Berleburg will be able to step in for one another as necessary.