SAP-integrated consignment processing
Vishay increases process efficiency with SPEEDI VMI
Vishay produces about 50 billion components annually. Its approximately 2,600 customers are spread across 140 countries. Around 20,000 scheduling agreements are anchored in SAP ERP. Products that are manufactured in large series are usually delivered to customers via consignment with Vendor Managed Inventory (VMI) or Customer Managed Inventory (CMI). The logistics processes are correspondingly complex. Depending on the location, processing takes place at the relevant Vishay Consignment Center in Germany, France, Asia or the USA.
The SAP standard does not allow the consignment processes to be mapped automatically in the system. The company therefore opted for the VMI solution from the SAP-based add-on SPEEDI. The solution calculates the optimal shipping quantity, schedules it automatically in SAP and takes into account individual agreements regarding minimum or maximum stock and range, preview quantities or inventory data.
Melanie Kramer, Senior Manager SAP SD at Vishay Semiconductor GmbH in Heilbronn, Germany, says: "Before we SPEEDI there was no uniform process. We had withdrawal figures, but not the correct demand figures. Calculating when to produce, replenish and ship was done manually, and that was quite laborious and highly error-prone."
With 22,800 employees in 22 countries and $3.2 billion in sales, Vishay Intertechnology (Malvern, PA, USA) is one of the leading manufacturers of discrete semiconductors and passive components. Its portfolio includes resistors, inductors, capacitors, diodes, MOSFETs, power ICs and optoelectronics - all important components that do their work invisibly in the background. You could find Vishay's products in almost any electrical device - from small to room-filling - from smartphones, computers, cars to industrial equipment.
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