WIKA Alexander Wiegand GmbH & Co. KG Case Report

Business Process Management

Optimized processes thanks to intelligent system solutions exchanging data in XML format between branches

WIKA produces pressure and temperature measuring systems all over the world. Its range of products is made up of 480 highly configurable articles which are available in twelve billion variations. WIKA is regarded as a specialist when it comes to developing, manufacturing and supplying mechanical and electronic pressure and temperature measuring equipment. The company employs around 4,400 people throughout the world. Since the company was founded in 1946, it has expanded continuously and is well on the way to becoming a global player. The global manufacturer offers cutting-edge, precision products for measuring pressure and temperature. It also provides a wide range of services to meet the needs of its customers, e.g. in the pharmaceutical and chemical industry.

The objectives

  • Standardizing product descriptions, classes and prices
  • Harmonizing its global article and customer base
  • Optimizing the internal ordering process worldwide
  • Controlling through price transparency and standardized workflows

The solution

The company branches keep their respective ERP systems. Each branch is also provided with centralized, standardized access to data and applications, e.g. the IntelliChoice® product configurator, a type coding module, product descriptions and a price database, via the transaction platform. The transaction platform exchanges data in the XML format with the respective ERP system. Noxum GmbH's transaction platform converts relevant datafrom the ERP systems with the help of the Microsoft Biz-Talk Server and stores these data in XML format. At regular intervals, the modified data are automatically brought into line with those at the company headquarters via VPN (virtual private network).[...]

 

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