HOHNER Musikinstrumente GmbH
The musical instrument manufacturers Hohner Musikinstrumente GmbH and Sonor GmbH commissioned valantic with the introduction of the Advanced Planning and Scheduling (APS) solution wayRTS (Real Time Simulation). Both of these longtime manufacturers of harmonicas, percussion instruments, and Orff instruments now have much more agile, cross-plant demand and production planning with maximum transparency along the entire value-creation chain.
Flexible and company-wide demand and production planning with the APS wayRTS.
HOHNER Musikinstrumente GmbH, the world leader in harmonicas and accordions, its sister company and drum manufacturer SONOR GmbH, as well as their joint strategic partner in Taiwan, KHS Musical Instruments, are planning a unified SAP ERP system. For HOHNER in Trossingen, this entails replacing the existing ERP system and implementing the APS advanced planning and scheduling software wayRTS.
The results at a glance
Complete inter-company transparency with regard to the value-creation process
Delivery capacity and delivery reliability were improved, safety buffers in the form of time and inventory reduced
Real-time scenario technology allows the simulation of inquiries and order scheduling (ATP & CTP) without disturbing productive work
Electronic transfer of work lists and plant data collection with wayMES
Director of Process Management, HOHNER Musikinstrumente GmbH
”Anyone who has reaped the benefits of an APS system like waySCS doesn’t want to go back to planning with in-house ERP solutions. We were able to convince the management that by introducing the real-time-capable successor wayRTS, we could maintain our efficient planning processes and even extend them to SONOR and further optimize them.“
The Special Features of the SCM Project
wayRTS (Real Time Simulation) is a standard software for APS (Advanced Planning and Scheduling) that operates in real-time, connecting to the leading ERP system via interfaces and capable of feeding planning decisions back into it. Typically, during the implementation phase, tests are conducted using data from the live system – after all, it is this data that is used to create and visualize a universally applicable planning scenario. Based on this, various scenarios for procurement, resource allocation, production, and logistics can be simulated.
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.
Transparent and cross-location Supply Chain Management planning.
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.
Matthias Hohner GmbH, based in Trossingen, Germany, is the parent company of the HOHNER Group. The long tradition of the HOHNER Group in the manufacture of high-quality musical instruments began back in the 19th century. Matthias Hohner GmbH primarily performs holding functions in the form of administrative services. The manufacturing companies are Hohner Musikinstrumente GmbH and Sonor GmbH. Millions of music enthusiasts worldwide play HOHNER and SONOR instruments.