For Stefan Zumwalde, the goal of analyzing the disposition and planning processes at GRIMME was to identify the weak points and work out recommendations for action to eliminate them. As the analysis revealed, the disposition and planning processes for spare parts at GRIMME had been based on two pillars up to that point.
First, it was based on the reorder point system in the ERP system, which worked based on minimum and multiple quantities. “If the quantity of an article fell below the minimum quantity, the ERP system automatically generated a new order proposal for the respective multiple quantities,” Zumwalde explains the procedure.
The second method, which was used for about 10% to 20% of the articles, consisted of manually creating a monthly sales plan for the year in advance and determining the required monthly quantities for the individual articles from this.
The planning expert adds: “The history of the last one to two years served as the basis for the concrete figures. Based on this, the scheduler gave a personal demand forecast for the next twelve months. This data was stored in the ERP system to trigger the corresponding requirements there.”
These weaknesses should now be eliminated. As a supplement to the existing ERP system SAP, the ADD*ONE solution suite now takes over the planning and creates order proposals. Zumwalde summarizes the successes since the introduction as follows: “ADD*ONE gives us the freedom to focus on the real challenges in our procurement. The interaction of artificial intelligence for the standard cases and human intelligence for the special cases is proving to be a complete success.”