BMW South AfricA
Wireless Solution helps Car Manufacturer’s Logistics Management reduce Inventory Levels and keep more Accurate Stock Records
Based in rosslyn Pretoria, BMW South Africa (SA) produces most of the 3 series BMW’s (right and left hand drive) at a volume of approximately 200 units per day. A large percentage of these vehicles (over 70%) are exported to the united States, Australia, New Zealand, Japan, the uK, Singapore, taiwan, and Germany. An efficient and effective supply chain system is vital to the success of the BMW South Africa. “Our management of the logistics processes has become significantly more efficient. This is due to the fact that the system is very easy to use. The systems’ full integration with SAP provides instant inventory and financial record updates occurring simultaneously with the wireless transactions.” – Salome Thiart, Project manager for the Inventory and Warehousing at BMW SA.
Before a Psion teklogix solution was provided, operators in the logistics process were required to manually capture and input data into a Mainframe system. this process was inefficient, which is why an easy to use system that could integrate to its SAP r/3™ platform, and provide real-time information was required. the ultimate goal was to improve logistics processes by expanding supply chain capabilities to ensure an effective and efficient system was used in the receipt, picking, goods movement and scrap processes.
request ticket is scanned to confirm that the movement has taken place. the new wireless solution enables operators in all areas to use handheld scanners to perform stock and other enquiries directly on the SAP system. the logistics and information system solutions provided by Psion teklogix consisted of two 9300 Network controllers, four radio Base Stations 9140 using Narrow Band technology (due to the size of the plant), fifty 7030i model handheld terminals with integrated barcode scanner, and a Nt...