Automated export of spare parts lists
We developed a tool for Zeppelin Systems GmbH which automatically creates complex lists of spare and wear parts.
Sales and documentation data at the push of a button – always accurate and up-to-date
Zeppelin Systems GmbH represents the plant engineering business unit of the Zeppelin Group with branches and production facilities all over the world. The company has 1300 employees and maintains the world’s largest technical centre network for bulk materials. Zeppelin Systems is constantly working on innovative processes and new technologies in the field of plant engineering.
Depending on their size and design, Zeppelin Systems plants can consist of up to several thousand parts. In the past, lists and quotations for spare and wear parts were created manually by the sales team in a special template. The relevant data was exported from SAP and transferred manually into complex Excel files. Preparation of the data took several days for each customer.
To automate the process, doubleSlash developed a tool which transfers the exported SAP data to the templates automatically and creates customer-specific formats. This saves both time and money.
“As a plant engineering business, we process complex customer orders which sometimes contain extremely detailed documentation of parts. doubleSlash developed an automated solution for Zeppelin Systems GmbH that combines data from various sources into complex, customer-specific structures leading to a significant increase in efficiency. Working in weekly sprints, where goals were set and completed within a short time, gave us the flexibility we needed to reach our objectives quickly.”
Andreas Müssle // Former Business Unit Manager, Key Components & Service // Zeppelin Systems GmbH
Agile development for quicker results
The Java program developed by doubleSlash automatically converts the basic source data (from SAP, for example) to Excel for further processing.
This is done by aggregating material data from different sources. The sales team can then generate spare parts lists or price lists for individual customers with just a few clicks. The previous method of manual data transfer is no longer required and relieves the burden on staff.
One of the major criteria in designing and developing the tool was ease of use. To enable us to work as closely as possible with Zeppelin Systems, the project was implemented using agile methodology so that any customer feedback could be directly integrated into the development process.