Photo documentation app
Digitalization in the field of film stretch technology
1. Initial situation
“Stretching the limits” -this is the motto of Brückner Maschinenbau, the world market leader in the field of film stretching technology. Brückner Maschinenbau has been in existence since 1960 and is part of the Brückner Group.
The spectrum of Brückner Maschinenbau is very broad: from planning to construction and commissioning of complete production lines and turnkey factories as well as all process and machine technology developments for film production.
Important topics such as e-mobility, intelligent packaging or sustainability in film production are mainly dealt with in the company’s own technology centre in Siegsdorf (district of Traunstein).
Brückner Maschinenbau was looking for a solution to advance its internal application development and digitalization processes and to optimize its own processes – and found it at Simplifier.
Photo documentation app
„Our requirements for the implementation of SAP-integrated apps were tested on the basis of different solutions. Simplifier quickly convinced us, as it enabled us to implement the connection to the existing SAP module and the application integrated in it within one day and to put it live in real time. This enabled us to generate direct value in a short time.”“
Heinz Plank, IT specialist responsible for SAP PLM/ECTR SAP development and organization
In 2019, Brückner Maschinenbau was working on an SAP cloud project in the context of SAP Leonardo. For this, Brückner originally had the HANA cloud in mind in order to use cloud services offered by SAP. The company has been working with SAP systems for 20 years.
The first business case was a photo documentation. The background: At Brückner, every item in the incoming goods department is checked technically and documented photographically. These pictures are used for product presentation in Brückner One, the customer service platform for Brückner companies’ customers. An application had already been developed for this purpose by an external service provider. However, Brückner’s requirements could not be met by this solution.
The responsible Brückner-Maschinenbau IT specialsts were tasked with checking the market to find an adequate solution for this problem.
Potential candidates were presented with the following process:
Applicants were put to the test with these requirements -among them the Simplifier AG.
With Simplifier it was possible to implement the requirements in a one-day hackathon. The scenario was implemented by two teams. Team Brückner took care of SAP, while the Simplifier team of experts created the application’s user interface.
To only say this much: Everything “clicked” very quickly. Within a few hours, a complete solution that fully met the Brückner side’s needs in terms of photo documentation was presented.
The Hackathon app was already able to successfully display the following functions:
Immediately after the hackathon, the responsible Brückner developers got down to work and expanded the solution in order to optimize the application even more for their own needs. The corresponding infrastructure was created and the systems were connected for continuous operation – so the app could go productive.
The app is versatile and convenient. The included backend, which is provided by Simplifier, was particularly helpful. It contains ready-made modules for all SAP use cases.
Brückner Maschinenbau would like to continue to drive internal digitalization with Simplifier in the future. Thus, five additional apps are currently planned for 2020, and the same for 2021.
One of the apps that is to go live this year is a “Taxi” app. This app will be used to coordinate trips with the service company and to handle travel costs. This is currently being discussed with the departments concerned.
Another application supposed to be implemented is a delivery schedule forecast. This will integrate the packaging service provider at the Port of Hamburg and other locations into the logistics chain.