Schaeffler Optimizes Yard Operations with SAP Yard Logistics

Schaeffler implemented SAP Yard Logistics at its European distribution center to gain full visibility of all yard processes. In the fully automated yard, processes are executed without any user input.

On May 2, 2018, global automotive and industrial supplier Schaeffler went live with its state-of-the art distribution center in Kitzingen, Germany. “This new logistics center at Kitzingen is another milestone of our strategy ‘Mobility for Tomorrow,’” said Georg F.W. Schaeffler, chairman of the Supervisory Board of Schaeffler, during the grand opening of the newly built distribution center.

The European distribution center close to Würzburg has around 125,000 storage positions for ball, rolling, and needle bearings and is divided in two sections. The high-bay warehouse with seven aisles has around 28,000 storage bins, whereas the fully automated small parts storage has around 98,000 storage bins. Another highlight of the distribution center is the fully automated yard with various parking spaces, scales, barriers, and the use of the latest RFID technology.

Arrival of first truck at EDC Kitzingen

Full Visibility of All Yard Processes

With the worldwide first implementation of SAP Yard Logistics at Schaeffler in Kitzingen, SAP implementation partner Westernacher underlined their expertise in the implementation of SAP SCE modules and industry knowhow. SAP Yard Logistics helps Schaeffler to gain full visibility of all yard processes such as slot planning and weighting of trucks.

In addition, detailed reporting can be carried out with SAP Yard Logistics, leveraging the full potential of the area and identifying potential improvement areas such as transit times from check-in to door arrival.

Dock appointments are planned by using latest SAP Fiori technology to help ensure that truck arrivals are planned throughout the day and to avoid early deliveries. By drag and drop, slots can be rescheduled in case of delays or early arrivals of trucks to react to any change efficiently.

Load Securing Application to Ensure Legal Requirements

Another highlight of the implementation is the load securing app which allows the forklift operator to document the loading and load securing. A picture of the loaded truck is taken while a checklist is being answered to ensure secure loading operations. At the end of the process, the driver and forklift operator sign the load securing on the Fiori application and all information is uploaded and stored in SAP Yard Logistics.

Picture of a loaded truck taken from the Load Securing Application. After each loading, a picture of the loading area is taken and saved in SAP Yard Logistics.

Automated Yard Processes by Integration to Hardware and RFID

Furthermore, efficiency is increased as all processes run automatically on the yard with integration to scales, barriers and RFID-sensors, so the yard can be managed by exception. During check-in, the drivers receive a pager which is equipped with a RFID-sensor. At the gate, the pager is presented to a RFID-reader to check whether the driver can enter the yard.

Once arrived at the door, the pager is again presented to the reader to confirm door arrival, which is also sent to SAP Extended Warehouse Management (SAP EWM). The pager is also used to communicate with the driver, e.g. to provide the right door or to give him the allowance to leave the yard. With the integration to the scale at the gate, trucks are weighed to ensure that trucks do not leave the yard overloaded.

Integration to SAP EWM for Seamless Process Flow

With the integration to SAP EWM, seamless and integrated processes are established at Schaeffler Kitzingen. Any update on the planning from the warehouse is automatically communicated to SAP Yard Logistics to ensure that yard processes are executed without any user input.

Authors: Christian Reinhardt, SAP; Michael Augustin, Westernacher; Peter Wenzel, Westernacher