Complexity of plant construction projects is under control
- Accompanying the ERP system change: APS software wayRTS extended with project management component wayPRO
- Success leads to follow-up projects in other companies of the Waldner Group
Munich, Wangen, October 12, 2022: valantic has successfully helped the plant builder Hermann Waldner GmbH & Co. KG extend supply chain management and production planning to include the aspect of project planning. Waldner, based in Wangen in the Allgäu region, develops and produces completely automatic filling and sealing machines and the appropriate packaging systems. Its planning processes were further optimized as part of the introduction of the new ERP system SAP S/4HANA. The new release of the Sales & Operations Planning (S&OP) software wayRTS that was already in use was installed and the wayPRO software for project planning and cross-project planning transparency introduced. As a follow-up to this successful SCM project, valantic is currently assisting with process and software implementation at a sister company, Hohenloher Spezialmöbelwerk Schaffitzel GmbH + Co. KG. In addition, another company of the Waldner group, Waldner Laborinstituten SE & Co. KG, will benefit from valantic’s wide range of project experience in the future.
“Plant engineering is a project business, and we used a software conversion to better illustrate the complexity of project planning and the processes that are based on it. About a year after the go-live of our new system, which includes S/4HANA, wayRTS, and wayPRO, I can say: The project is a complete success. We have achieved great transparency in planning and process stability. What we have created together with our SAP consultants and valantic will serve as a blueprint for processes at the other companies of the Waldner Group,” says Dr.-Ing. Christian Küber, Head of Technical Applications at WALDNER Holding SE & Co.
Waldner, a long-time user of the real-time simulation and planning software wayRTS, appreciates its visualization possibilities and had managed to map project planning to a certain extent in the work plan of the software with its own adaptations. When the decision was made to migrate to S/4HANA, it was clear to the pioneers at the filling plants that wayRTS can be used as a planning instance and should therefore be integrated into the new ERP environment. At the project kick-off, the good news for Waldner was that since the last collaboration with valantic, their waySuite had been extended to include the “Project Management & Multi-Project Management with wayPRO” component.
Division of labor between ERP and APS
In this large project, numerous processes had to be defined in order to define rules for the scheduling processes for purchasing and production and to avoid last-minute changes in the scheduling of orders. It was necessary to decide what should be implemented in SAP and what in the waySuite. While purchasing, in contrast to production, uses the S&OP software wayRTS but works in SAP, the company does not rely solely on SAP PS for project management. For Waldner, wayPRO has the advantage that project and production planning are closely linked in the valantic software and project changes are automatically taken into account when planning capacities. Design capacities to be planned and a deep production depth with in-house tool making on the one hand, the outsourcing of individual production steps and purchased parts with long delivery times on the other – in view of the complexity of the planning, Waldner benefits from the integration of the project and production levels separated in SAP.
“At Waldner, SAP has the data and waySuite the scheduling authority. The cooperation was excellent, and we are now pleased to be able to assist with the introduction of similar planning processes at the sister companies,” says Daniel Dick Wahlberg, consultant at valantic Supply Chain Excellence.