From the Community
May 16, 2018

ILA Berlin 2018: Innovation and Leadership in Aerospace

Matching themes: Aerospace, Aerospace, Digital Supply Chain, Industry 4.0

The Who's Who of the aerospace industry came to ILA Berlin 2018 to exhibit innovations and discuss future trends
The Who’s Who of the aerospace industry came to ILA Berlin 2018 to exhibit innovations and discuss future trends

“Innovation and Leadership in Aerospace” – this was the motto of this year’s aviation trade fair in Berlin from 25 to 29 April. More than 1,000 exhibitors presented their know-how at the ILA Berlin 2018 – from civil aviation to defence and security to space travel, from large corporations to highly specialized suppliers. Read more

Use Cases
April 4, 2018

Eliminating the blind spot: Insights into supplier’s production reduce inventories, lower risks & save costs

Matching themes: Inbound Supply Chain, Industry 4.0, MES, SCPM, Security of supply, Smart Supply Chain

Connecting to the supplier's MES helps to reduce inventories and ensure supply reliability even in volatile markets.
Connecting to the supplier’s MES helps to reduce inventories and ensure supply reliability even in volatile markets.

A leading aerospace company optimized its global supply chain with SupplyOn through an innovative Industry 4.0 project: integration of the supplier’s MES (Manufacturing Execution System) gives both customer and supplier a virtually real-time, joint view of the supplier’s situation – in terms of demand, stock and production. Replenishment planning is checked against customer requirements, i.e. production orders against stocks. The result is transparency and trend feedback – enabling stock reduction and increased supply reliability.

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SCM Insights
February 12, 2018

Good for land and sea – How to ensure real-time visibility for production materials

Matching themes: Inbound Supply Chain, Industry 4.0, IoT, Material Visibility, SCPM, Security of supply, Smart Supply Chain, Track & Trace

Track & Trace (T&T) has to go beyond just locating trucks or containers. Material planners need to know where the required production material is currently located during transport - be it on sea or ashore.
Track & Trace (T&T) has to go beyond just locating trucks or containers. Material planners need to know where the required production material is currently located during transport – be it on sea or ashore.

There are plenty of Track & Trace solutions (T&T) available. Logistics Service Providers (LSP) have been offering it as an add-on for years and several start-ups focus on this aspect, too. So it’s nothing new, right? Or is it? Read more

SCM Insights

Get rid of the KPI ‘Mille-Feuille’ by getting it right!

Matching themes: Analytics, KPI, SCPM

1.000 layers may be very delicious within a pastry. But when it comes to KPIs, this easily leads to data confusion rather than data enlightenment
1.000 layers may be very delicious within a pastry. But when it comes to KPIs, this easily leads to data confusion rather than data enlightenment

Those who have already tasted Mille-Feuille, a tasty French dessert, know how delicious this pastry can be. For those not yet having had the chance, give me a call, I know some nice addresses in Paris, where you can get the best.

The point is, as delicious as it can be at times, at some point it might be too much. Should you try to count whether or not there really are thousands of tasty layers (“mille-feuille”), I wish you good luck.

Why am I telling you this? Well, for KPIs, the situation could be same!

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Use Cases
January 16, 2018

Increasing supply reliability and quality with Sensor Clouds

Matching themes: AirSupply, Industry 4.0, IoT, SCPM, Sensors, Smart Supply Chain

Sensor Clouds are the first step towards Supply Chain 4.0
Sensor Clouds are the first step towards Supply Chain 4.0

A leading aerospace supplier has further optimized its inbound supply chain with SupplyOn. As part of an innovative industry 4.0 project, sensor tracking was used to implement the real-time monitoring of deliveries. This not only aims at continuously determining location, but also the early detection of quality defects during transport due to excessive temperatures or moisture. Read more

Use Cases
December 12, 2017

Mastering challenges in customer communication

Matching themes: Collaboration, Digital Supply Chain

Instead of error-prone and tedious manual processes, TEMA-FISCHER now benefits from a standardized electronic data exchange with two customers via SupplyOn.
Instead of error-prone and tedious manual processes, TEMA-FISCHER now benefits from a standardized electronic data exchange with two customers via SupplyOn.

Many suppliers are still a struggling with unstructured processes when collaborating with customers despite the digital era. TEMA-Fischer GmbH solved this problem many years ago with ZF Friedrichshafen AG in an exemplary way and now handles the most important processes via SupplyOn. This is now also the case with their order processes for Siemens. Every additional customer who takes the same approach to collaboration will increase the benefits for the machining specialist. Read more

SCM Insights
November 30, 2017

Indirect Procurement: The only way is up!

Matching themes: indirect material, indirect procurement, service procurement

There is a lot of optimization potential in indirect purchasing - and thus considerable savings opportunities.
There is a lot of optimization potential in indirect purchasing – and thus considerable savings opportunities.

At many companies, process optimization in purchasing focuses on direct material. The purchase of indirect material, however, often still takes place under the radar. Perhaps a bit overstated as; What is there to optimize, if I only purchase pencils? Read more

SCM Insights
November 14, 2017

Six best practice steps for maintaining tax compliance

Matching themes: eInvoicing, tax compliance

When tax legislation changes constantly, companies need to ensure tax compliance by addressing change systematically.
When tax legislation changes constantly, companies need to ensure tax compliance by addressing change systematically.

Does the e-business solution that supports your business-to-business transactions ensure that your e-invoices remain tax compliant, everywhere, always?

Change in tax legislation is constant

An e-business solution that must comply with multiple countries’ tax requirements has to address the problem of ongoing change. Otherwise, how can a business efficiently deal with the tsunami of new real-time and other regulatory control requirements that governments are introducing? Read more

From the Community
November 9, 2017

Aviation Forum: Advancing the digital value chain in a dynamic world

Matching themes: Aerospace, Digital Supply Chain, digital transformation, SCPM

Aviation Forum 2017 set out on a quest to find the digital-thread in a dynamic world within the digital value chain
Aviation Forum 2017 set out on a quest to find the digital-thread in a dynamic world within the digital value chain

The location and the timing has changed – but the excellent setup prevailed: this year, the 7th Aviation Forum took off at the beginning of November – this time on the grounds of the Hamburg Trade Fair.

Compared to the previous year, even more exhibitors and visitors attended the leading aerospace event in Germany. The Aviation Forum, organized by the Institute for Production Management (IPM) under the patronage of Klaus Richter, Chief Procurement Officer Airbus, offered an international gathering of speakers and exhibitors from Japan, Russia, Canada, USA, India and Abu Dhabi.
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