- Companies with SAP must stand out in today’s competitive market.
- Mobile barcoding technology helps companies address common pain points to get the most out of their intelligent enterprise.
- Three companies share how they fixed problem areas with SAP barcode software: Schwing America, Grupo Cementos de Chihuahua and a California Utility Company.
Many companies with SAP still rely on manual inventory processes. This can lead to inventory inaccuracies, efficiency and productivity problems, and ballooning overhead costs.
As more companies digitize operations, it also puts those who don’t further beyond.
For some, cost considerations, complexity and accessibility present barriers. But automating processes doesn’t have to be a giant leap in terms of risk.
One solution is to add SAP barcode software that solves common pain points—without a huge investment. By extending SAP to point of work, you increase accuracy to optimize workflows and increase efficiency.
In this article, we’ll look at three major companies that solved common inventory problems with SAP barcode software. Together, SAP and barcoding helped each one build a foundation for even greater future success.
Schwing America Achieves World-Class Picking Accuracy
Schwing America manufactures concrete construction equipment. Its slow, inefficient warehouse automation system hindered critical operations.
The company wanted an SAP-certified replacement to solve its problems quickly. This led them to RFgen’s SAP barcoding solution, RFgen Mobile Foundations for SAP.
With one scan, workers can now see material availability directly from their mobile devices. Each transaction is recorded in SAP in real-time.
Picking accuracy increased by 42% with the new workflows. Now, Schwing’s picking accuracy stands at a world-class 99.83%.
Additional achievements include:
- Increased reliability, speed and accuracy
- Consolidated picking and directed put away
- Data analysis and effective labor utilization/workflow adjustments
Grupo Cementos Optimizes MRO Inventory
Grupo Cementos de Chihuahua faced challenges in effective MRO and spare parts inventory management.
Workers would record spare parts inventory movements by hand. But transcriptions errors or mis-keying meant workers couldn’t trust inventory levels displayed in SAP.
The company relied on a massive spare parts warehouse to fill in the gaps. But this was too expensive and unsustainable.
With mobile barcoding, GCC:
- Gained real-time inventory tracking for all spare parts warehouses.
- Reduced stock levels by 15% and safety stock by 50%.
- Seamlessly transitioned new mobile barcoding system to SAP S/4HANA.
- Gained low-code mobile app development with RFgen’s Mobile Development Studio.
California Utility Mobilizes Data Collection in the Field
As a power provider to more than 14-million people, the California Utility Company manages an extensive amount of inventory. It relied on manual processes to keep track of this inventory in multiple small warehouses across 50,000 square miles of territory.
A lack of real-time tracking meant inventory was often lost, driving up costs and delaying critical maintenance in the field.
With automated offline field mobility, the company’s workers now use mobile devices to track assets and maintenance inventory in real-time.
Bottom line: No more lost inventory.
Many companies running SAP are automating inventory processes, putting those who don’t at a disadvantage.
You may be wary of change, but sticking to manual inventory processes is already unsustainable.
These three companies took the first step toward automation with SAP barcode software and successfully overcame common inventory management problems. Results included increased inventory accuracy, more efficient MRO management and eliminating lost inventory.
Together, mobile barcoding and SAP work to provide the foundational support you need today, and into the future.