Clientis optimizes automated warehouses with SAP integration

Clientis maintains SAP-based control of an insulin pen production warehouse for Sanofi. Due to a cutting-edge solution that enables recycling of components within the existing decentralized SAP system, Sanofi has been able to achieve annual savings in the millions since 2013.

Automatic inventory control with SAP-TRM

The international pharmaceutical manufacturer is based in Frankfurt-Höchst and operates the largest manufacturing base for insulin preparations to regulate blood sugar levels in diabetes patients. The production facilities are ultra-modern with most of the processes being fully automated. Among other things, the company has several warehouses with SAP integration that are operated using SAP Task and Resource Management (TRM). Driverless transportation systems bring the required material from the warehouse to the production lines and carry away the finished products as well as the waste material. The responsible employee only needs to select the corresponding dialog on a handheld device and scan the barcode on the transport unit. Communication between SAP and the lower-level control units is carried out via TRM, an SAP-LES enhancement.

For years, Clientis has used the LES and LE-TRM SAP components for a warehouse where the individual parts of the insulin pens are assembled. The system has proven itself and is characterized by high stability and efficiency levels. Continuous improvements enable additional savings.

 

Recycling components

As an example, a project was set up in 2013 that made it possible to use trays, on which individual parts of the assembly line could be placed and transported several times. The caps, sleeves, and mechanisms that are necessary for the production of the pens are supplied in a special plug-in system from which the assembly machine can automatically fetch the components. The trays would thereafter be discarded. A bottleneck at the supplier that did not have enough new trays to meet the needs of Sanofi was what made it necessary to rethink this process. Clientis added the relevant mobile device dialogs on the handheld device in order to provide a solution, ensuring that the driverless transport vehicles brought undamaged trays back to the warehouse instead of discarding them. Only trays that are damaged in the assembly process are thrown away.

 

Minor intervention – major effect

Clientis was able to successfully implement the project within just a few days. Sanofi benefited in several ways from this new solution. The bottleneck problem with the trays in the supply chain was sustainably solved and the amount of material to be disposed of reduced significantly. In addition, the new solution enabled savings of about three million euros per year

Conclusion

A perfect LE-TRM component that is tailored to the needs of Sanofi ensures efficient and seamless control of the automated warehouse. Through smart adjustments to the systems by Clientis, extra process improvements can be achieved and the efficiency increased even further.

"Good solutions must not be expensive. Sometimes, even minor advancements in the existing systems lead to amazing results."
Stefan Leipold Clientis, Sales Director

Sanofi-Aventis Germany GmbH

Sanofi is a global leading health company. Its service portfolio ranges from innovative medicine and medical products to patient services. The company focuses particularly on diabetes, vaccines, innovative medicine, rare diseases, health products, emerging markets, and animal health. Its largest site is in Frankfurt-Höchst, Germany, where the main office of the diabetes business unit is located. It has about 6,900 employees working in research and development, production and manufacturing, as well as in management. Frankfurt-Höchst is the world’s leading production site for insulin and is equipped with state-of-the-are facilities for biotechnological production.

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