Den Braven is a multinational company with approximately 1,200 employees, spread over 8 production locations and 25 sales and distribution offices. In addition, Den Braven has a worldwide network of distribution points. From its inception in 1974, Den Braven specialises in the ISO-certified production of high quality kittens, adhesives, purschuimen and technical aerosols for the construction industry and a variety of industrial applications. The company has established itself after strong growth as market leader in several countries.
The head office is in Oosterhout. The products of Den Braven are known under the brand names den Braven, Zwaluw and Hercuseal and under the private labels of various partners.
In 2015, Den Braven Benelux decided to further automate the production process of the sealing kitten, with a completely new packaging street
Set up. The new machines in this street are equipped with screens running the Factory Management system (FMS). This software makes it very
Easy for operators to start and report orders back. The business quickly came up with the request to provide the data for the FMS via SAP.
Fred Vugts, ICT Manager at Den braven: “It has, together with the business, inventoried the solution that best meets our needs.”
Quinso: The right partner for Den Braven
The Account manager SAP Van Den Braven had previously indicated that SAP manufacturing Integration & Intelligence (MII) could be a good tool for
The interaction. A new colleague from the IT department agreed that as well. “Our then SAP partner had no experience with that solution”, the ICT Manager. “That’s why we went looking for a supplier who had this experience.” So we ended up at Quinso. ” In early 2015, Den Braven had contact with Quinso for the first time and from that moment on it went fast. Vugts: “In March, Quinso did a quick scan, in May the kick-off and three months later there were no less than five interfaces live.
Real-time communication with five interfaces
Quinso realised with SAP MII a integration layer between SAP ERP and FMS, which means there is now a direct connection between the production office floor. SAP MII acts as a framework to which the user interfaces are ‘ hung ‘. Quinso designed five interfaces for Den Braven, who make sure that valuable information – at every step in the production process – goes back and forth between the production floor and the office floor. of releasing the
Order in SAP ERP to confirm that the order is ready
The Benefits benefits for Den Braven
The Benefits of this integration layer are considerable. Vugts: “We See right now whether all production orders from SAP have been successfully shipped to the FMS. The FMS will also pass the confirmation via MII to SAP “. Previously, SAP unilaterally sent information to the then SCADA package and there was no communication to SAP. A change in the work floor was therefore not linked back to the SAP system. “Since September 2015, the office floor
Always the current status of orders, says Vugts. “Planners receive additional, intermediate confirmations from the workplace and no need to manually report products back. Scheduling is more efficient, the margin of error is lower and productivity is higher. ”
Extended Insight with the manufacturing Interface Monitor
The communication via SAP MII takes place in principle ‘ under water ‘. To make the continuous traffic between FMS and SAP ERP visible for employees, Quinso realised the manufacturing Interface Monitor. This monitor is more flexible and clearer than the standard Message monitor of SAP MII. Vugts: “With one glance on the screen, we know exactly what happens in the five interfaces, which orders have come through and whether they are successful at the next step in
The process has arrived. The IT and Planning department no longer have to check the entire logfile. ”
Smooth and flawless co-operation with Quinso
Fred Vugts looks back on the implementation path. “The professionals of Quinso are involved and flexible. They adhere to the appointment and their specialist knowledge is impressive. When testing and delivering each interface, they were present in oosterhout. This enabled us to quickly switch and collaborate. And also not unimportant: they have stayed within the budget. ”