Hermann Waldner GmbH & Co. KG
Hermann Waldner GmbH & Co. KG specializes in the production of completely automatic filling and sealing machines and the appropriate packaging systems. When the company adopted SAP S/4HANA, its planning processes were further optimized. The wayRTS APS software that Waldner is using has now been expanded to include the wayPRO component for project planning and cross-project planning transparency.
Hermann Waldner GmbH & Co. KG specializes in the manufacturing of fully automatic filling and sealing machines, as well as the corresponding packaging systems. Based in Wangen im Allgäu, the company supplies industries including food, delicatessen, beverages, cosmetics, and pharmaceuticals. With the introduction of SAP S/4HANA, the planning processes have been further optimized. The wayRTS APS software used by Waldner has been newly expanded with the wayPRO component for project planning and cross-project planning transparency. The sister companies Hohenloher Spezialmöbelwerk Schaffitzel GmbH + Co. KG and Waldner Laboreinrichtungen SE & Co. KG are benefiting from the experience in Sales & Operations Planning (S&OP). They are also optimizing their processes using valantic’s waySuite.
At a glance
Transparent planning and visualization of complex relationships
Integration of project management into material and production planning
Efficient division of labor between ERP and APS system
Greater planning reliability
Dr.-Ing. Christian Küber
Head of Technical Applications at WALDNER Holding SE & Co. KG.
”Plant engineering is a project business, and we have taken the opportunity presented by a software changeover to better reflect the complexity of project planning and the processes that build on it. About a year after the go-live of our new environment, which consists of S/4HANA, wayRTS, and wayPRO, I can say: The project is a great success. We have gained the highest degree of transparency in planning and stability in our processes. What we have created together with our SAP consultants and valantic will serve as a blueprint for the processes at the other companies in the Waldner Group.“
The project: complexity of plant engineering projects is now under control
The project was extensive, because in addition to the software adjustments, numerous processes had to be defined. Rules for scheduling processes for purchasing and manufacturing have been established. In order not to create too much disturbance due to short-term changes in operation, Waldner introduced a “frozen period” when scheduling orders, for example, in which the work inventory is fixed and can be processed without interruption. It was also necessary to decide what should be implemented in SAP and what in valantic’s waySuite. For example, while purchasing, in contrast to manufacturing, uses the S&OP software wayRTS only for evaluations, but works in SAP, the company does not rely solely on SAP PS for project management. For Waldner, wayPRO can ensure that project and production planning are closely interlinked in the valantic software project and project changes are taken into account automatically in capacitive planning. In practice, the flow is as follows:
A project is created in SAP PS.
The wayRTS interface to SAP detects the status change. The project is visualized in wayPRO and wayRTS creates a scenario automatically. In the scenario, planners can simulate different capacity planning variants.
The selected scenario is transferred to the live system.
The dates are written back to SAP. Purchasing sees the requirements there.
The requirements are displayed in production planning.
Data in SAP, deadline priority in wayRTS
While SAP S/4HANA is the data-carrying system, Waldner relies on the strength of the advanced planning & scheduling system (APS) wayRTS and gives it absolute deadline control. And this was successful: Due to the early transparent integration of projects into capacity planning via the wayPRO module, the waySuite user Waldner was able to further increase its planning reliability and make better and more accurate schedule commitments to its customers.
This successful SCM project is the basis for the process and software implementation at the affiliated company Hohenloher Spezialmöbelwerk Schaffitzel GmbH + Co. KG. Here, results & experiences from the project at Waldner Metall serve as a blueprint and starting point for the planning processes. The specific adaptations for Hohenloher are derived and implemented from this. In the long term, the intention is also to integrate the third division, Waldner Laboreinrichtungen SE & Co.KG.
About Hermann Waldner GmbH & Co.
Hermann Waldner GmbH & Co. KG develops and manufactures completely automatic filling and sealing machines under the DOSOMAT brand name. The machines can fill up to 120,000 units per hour and are used around the world – in the food, delicatessen, beverage, and cosmetics industries, among others. The company’s own packing and handling systems supplement the filling and sealing systems.
In the PROCESS SYSTEMS sector, the company develops and manufactures special systems for the pharmaceutical industry. This division also supplies custom-tailored process engineering. The portfolio includes highly complex plants for drug production, isolators, containers, and cooking and drying systems. The WATER TECHNOLOGY division complements these products with facilities and products that focus on a food and pharmaceutical production environment.
Waldner Holding SE & Co. KG acts as the holding company for the Waldner Group.
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