Maxon Group purchased Novacura Flow in the middle of 2018 and was implemented at the beginning of 2019. Immediately upon the deployment of Novacura, maxon noticed improvements in areas of logistics, production and warehouse management for its 260 employees across its network of maxon production sites and subsidiaries.
Previously, it was hard to know the status of where products were in the warehouse. When a shop order was closed, a person had to physically deliver it to the logistics department and there was a lack of visibility into where the material was in the process. With Novacura Flow, the entire process is now digital and you can see where the materials are at all times. Time is no longer wasted trying to find products within the warehouse.
Maxon also leveraged integrated scanners to see efficiency gains in the areas of label printing, count reports and location accuracy. The old process required employees to log into IFS to print barcode labels. Now barcode labels can be printed directly from the scanner. Count reports that used to be managed by pen and paper can now be generated directly from the scanner. Warehouse workers can also scan a location and it will automatically show them what parts go in that location. All three areas have provided significant time savings and have eliminated the need for manual entry.
Other areas of improved efficiency were seen in areas of picking, shipping and warehouse logistics. maxon now has a picking app in production for configure-to-order that helps to manufacturer customer-specific configured motors. Shipping areas are now able to use handling units and can attach customer parts to handling units when they could not before. The logistics and warehouse team has also benefited from the ability to pick, pack, ship and invoice on the warehouse side.
One final benefit is the simplicity of working with multiple languages. It used to be a very cumbersome process to make updates in both English and German, but now they can use the same app.
Since Novacura Flow is intuitive and easy to use, maxon can incorporate changes in a matter of days, not months, and has been empowered to develop apps for more areas of its business. New apps have already been developed to handle picking supplier material, pick reserved customer orders and the latest solution allows printing of customer-specific reports.
“I really like Novacura Flow because of its flexibility. From a software engineering perspective, the flow and processes can easily be visualized and modified. As a user, I like that Novacura Flow guides me through the whole process. If it is in picking material or in another daily routine. I see well on the screen in which step I am and what I have to scan/do next.” – Mario Bischofberger, Lean Manager Logistics and Supply Chain, Department “Global Logistics & Customs”