Case Studies



Process Integration


Business Need

 

A mid-sized furniture manufacturing company used an optimizer in order to maximize the number of different sized panels cut from standard sized particle board blanks. As part of the SAP implementation, the company needed to pass on the requirements from SAP MRP planning to the optimizer and transfer the results of the optimizer back to SAP.

 

Exponentia Solution

 

To resolve this issue, Exponentia adopted an approach where excessive custom-coding was not required. An input-output file format was created, which was at the time, unavailable on the standard SAP MRP. The results were handled by means of multiple item production orders created using SAP Process material.

 

As a result of this solution, the client was able to obtain dependable panel wastage costs as part of the SAP outputs. Maximizing panel numbers from blanks and having greater insight into the process is critical for the furniture industry. Hence, the Exponentia solution met with client requirements and was implemented to the satisfaction of the client.


Change Management


Business Need

 

A case goods manufacturer needed the ability to dynamically change the process of producing wood parts from cutting to gluing parts while actually reporting production. The objective was to minimize wastage and re-use wood left over from the previous cutting, instead of issuing afresh the entire quantity of lumber required.

 

Exponentia Solution

 

The challenge in this case was to adapt standard SAP processes to the situation without excessive customizing or custom coding. This was resolved to the satisfaction of the client using standard SAP processes; a custom program was written using SAP standard ABAP language.

 

A program was also developed to automatically issue batch-managed alternate wood or veneer raw material to multiple production orders. The quantities issued were based on the actual quantities cut rather than theoretical requirements. Production across two different plant locations was handled with cross-plant collective orders. This enabled superior costing and variance analysis.

 

Overall, the client was able to realize better lumber utilization efficiencies, costs and lumber yields after the implementation and calculate these efficiencies more accurately.


Order Management


Business Need

 

A bearings manufacturer required the ability to track the completion status of customer orders in SAP. Since the company catered to military applications, harbour materials movement, large drilling equipment and other such mission-critical projects, tracking order status was critical to reliably communicate the delivery date to the customer.

 

Exponentia Solution

 

Exponentia implemented an innovative solution to track the order completion progress using the standard SAP production order process. This avoided the need for implementing an additional SAP Workflow module. Instead, the Exponentia solution was simple and involved tracking the milestones as a series of operation confirmations on a typical production order using SAP standard Production order functionality.

 

In addition, collective orders were used to unify the production of bearings across different plants in conjunction with subcontract and production in alternate plant processes. Integrated order management helped the client track production easily from all sub-assembly productions to the main assembly production. Cost tracking could also be done on the leading order since lower level order costs were automatically rolled up when they are delivered to the higher level order.


 


Funds Management


Business Need

 

Receivables Control and Working Capital Management is one time-critical area in the FI Process wherein Customers counted heavily on the SAP Application to provide effective solutions. Exponentia team has time and again delivered solutions its Customers across industries that would automate their electronic payments and clear open receivables in SAP automatically. While SAP in its ‘As is’ status’ had built-in / customizable solutions to meet this, Exponentia encountered several situations unique and complex specific to of some of its end-clients in the Public Sector, Utilities and Oil and Gas Industry Segments. There was a need for out of the box thinking to configure an interface that would facilitate readability and seamless Data Compatibility especially where other parties they interacted worked on different IT Platform including ERP Applications. .

 

Exponentia Solution

 

While incoming payments can be processed in SAP for several modes of payment such as cash, check, credit card or bank transfers, automating the entry of such payments can still be a challenge when linking the system to that of other parties. Exponentia has worked with different clients to make this process as quick and painless as possible and allowing for the SAP system to automatically update the accounts receivable.

 

We have implemented Receivable Solutions in SAP using FI-Accounts Receivable and FI-Contract Accounts for various clients.Among the automation techniques used include:

 

  • Processing of Incoming Checks using Check Deposit Upload

  • Processing of Incoming Checks using Lockbox BAI 2 file formats

  • Processing of Incoming Payments from Electronic Bank Statement BAI format

  • Processing of Incoming Payments from Electronic Bank Statement SWIFT MT940 formats

  • Processing of Incoming Electronic Payments bank transfers in formats ANSI X.12 EDI 820

  • Processing of Incoming Electronic EDIFACT payments in SAP and

  • Initiating incoming payments in SAP for direct debits from bank accounts of customers

 

These solutions have resulted in Efficient Receivables Management for our customers, ensuring almost ‘Zero’ time-lag in clearing open receivables and paving the way for Effective Working Capital Management and increased availability of funds at reduced costs.