micronex GmbH
micronex GmbH

An EMS service provider from Lower Saxony, Germany, in the fast lane with FOSS

micronex GmbH

The micronex GmbH located in the Lower Saxonian city of Springe near Hannover was founded in 1979 under the trade name Treichel Elektronik GmbH as a company for development, production and sales of electronic devices.

Today, the modern and international service company has more than 170 employees and ranks among the leading EMS service providers in Germany. EMS stands for »Electronic Manufacturing Services« comprehending the entire range of services in regards to the manufacture of electronic and mechatronic assembly groups and the complete mechatronics at micronex – from development to the final product, from low volume to large-scale productions.

Customers of micronex GmbH are renowned companies from the market sectors of automobile and vehicle construction, power engineering, measurement and control technology as well as medical devices.

The target: a modern Supply-Chain-Management

In the phase of development micronex advises its customers in the fields of industrial engineering, provides guidance for the assembly part selection and compiles service concepts.
In production the service provider pursues the goal to optimally integrate its planning, procurement, production and logistics into the supply chain of its customers. This places high demands on the applied ERP system.

The industry-specific particularities of an EMS service provider and automotive supplier involve a wide range of tasks to be solved, something the system previously used could no longer cope with in a satisfactory manner. Due to the high ratio of materials and increasing procurement times, the company required in particular a modern supply chain management, e.g. EDI support, (accurate) delivery schedules and just-in-time control.

Further requirements comprehended a continuous batch tracking, variant production, index and version management, material flow control with the support of casks and the accurate planning of production taking into account the machines, work spaces and the material situation.

After a selection process which took almost six months the choice fell in the summer of 2011 on the efficient ERP system FOSS by ORDAT.

Particularly, with the warehouse integration, the elaborate functions for supply chain management, an effective date and discontinuing part control of electronic components also on the basis of stocks or production orders and the support of alternative bills of material, FOSS was able to score compared to its competitors.

Also ORDAT’s high level of expertise in the industry-specific processes of the automotive sector and in the SMD-mounting as well as its excellent references satisfied the responsibles at micronex.

"Especially the high scope of services of the FOSS system which already met our high logistic requirements by default was a decisive factor," Thorsten Bethke, managing director at micronex GmbH remembers. "In this way we were spared costly adjustments."

Optimized processes

The introduction of FOSS started in August 2011. The first milestone was reached on January 1st, 2012: in less than 5 months Financial and Asset Accounting, Payroll and Personnel Data Acquisition were on productive run.

The FOSS functions for Sales, Production, Purchase and Warehouse–including the Graphic Planning Table, Business Intelligence and Document Management System could be implemented at the beginning of April, 2012.

Also the direct connection to the Hänel Paternoster warehouses was unproblematic. In this way, the picking could be optimized significantly as unnecessary waiting periods and interface problems were avoided. Furthermore, the inventory management has become more transparent since the inventories are exclusively managed in FOSS. The complete administration of single components in FOSS provides a gapless traceability when it comes to product liability claims. The implemented process corresponds to guidelines to product liability of the interbranch organization ZVEI.

The introduction of the new ERP system has also opened up the opportunity to optimize processes at micronex. A project team of micronex employees and ORDAT consultants took a closer look at the company’s processes–especially in regards to the consistency of logistic and business transactions, traceability, customer satisfaction as well as the optimization of inventory and range of coverage management.

"Particularly in internal and external logistic processes we were, with the help of ORDAT, able to identify great potential for optimizations," explains Henning Steinhagen, head of Internal Sales. "In general it was vital to us to synthesize our material and information flow and to create greater transparency especially in materials management. With FOSS we now have an ERP system that fully supports us with the optimization of processes."

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