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ABB Leverages Liquid UI to Streamlined SAP WM on Scanguns with Barcoding


Background

ABB, a pioneer of technology brings efficiency, safety, and productivity in utilities, transport, and infrastructure globally. It is spread across 100 countries and employs around 132,000 people. ABB is innovating digitally connected and enabled industrial equipment and systems and is writing the future of industrial digitalization for more than four decades.


Challenge

  • To find a faster, mobile alternative of a desktop based system
    • Cause: The data was trapped inside a ‘wired-only’ SAP system, making it unable to move freely and easily due to which warehouse personnel rely heavily on paper-based processes to track inventory.
    • Effect: The data was to be touched and worked on twice, which introduced possibilities for errors and made it more time-consuming.
  • Lack of transparency and visibility across warehouse
    • Cause: The warehouse personnel had no real-time work order updates and often needed to locate a computer to obtain information for making an informed decision.
    • Effect: The system was not readily accessible, which made it hard to get the updates to make the correct, timely choice for further processing.
  • No procedure for data validation which diminishes operational productivity
    • Cause: The present system was too intricate and time-consuming because of needless data entries such as manually keying material number and repetition of the same process numerous times depending on the number of materials.
    • Effect: The warehouse personnel took more time to complete a task and processes were prone to errors.
  • Lack of automated processes and repetitive data entries
    • Cause: Monitoring and inspecting each stock detail manually each time was laborious and arduous. Also, creating shipment and packing was not easy due to lack of automation and native tables showing unnecessary order fulfillment detail.
    • Effect: The flow of information throughout warehouse operations was impeded, hindering the inventory management and optimum resource utilization.


Solution

  • With Liquid UI implementations, company’s users got customized, role-based launchpads for the Warehouse, Production and Shipment processes.
  • It allowed users to execute warehouse related tasks right from the dashboard, including generating purchase orders, bin to bin transfers, cycle counts, creating and packing shipment, printing barcodes and receipts and more.
  • Liquid UI for Handheld Scanguns enabled dynamic transaction screens that responds faster than native SAP screens.
  • The dynamic screens display the next screen based on the given field values. The users make use of the same MIGO transaction to generate both a purchase order and a create material based on entered values.
  • The Liquid UI solution provided customized barcode for scanguns which allows warehouse personnel to populate details with a single click thus removing data entry errors and enabling automated data capture.
  • Additionally, ABB implemented input fields validation to ensure WM operational integrity. This not only kept inventory organized and under control but also minimized the time spent on doing inventory checks.


Results

  • Role-based launchpads saved users time and effort.
  • Improved ROI through SAP WM customization by mobilizing the solution along with adding barcodes and validating the data entries.
  • More flexible and accessible use of SAP ERP, which provides a dynamic layout.
  • 75% improvement in data accuracy as the probability to make manual errors is reduced to a great extent.
  • 40% increase in productivity with automated processes that declines the time taken to complete a task.

Next Steps

Liquid UI enables you to customize business processes, eliminate fields, consolidate screens, tabs, and transactions to achieve a holistic solution while preserving transaction richness. It does this without having to rebuild the whole transaction.

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