Users report that the investment in ECLASS in some cases pays for itself in just months. How can these excellent ROI figures be achieved? This is due to the acceleration and streamlining of processes that can be systematized. Master-data management relies on the presence of a detailed, harmonized description of properties and attributes. ECLASS makes this possible with a uniform standard for the systems world in which every single detail, from delivery time to refrigeration temperatures, can be machine-read. In this way, information contributes to process control.
An unambiguous classification of products and services enables users to find every item, query warehouse stocks and delivery quantities, avoid duplications, and trigger reorders automatically. Media discontinuities are eliminated, and manual data transformations become unnecessary. This not only saves time and money, but also contributes to the full use of production capacities, a reduction in capital commitments, increases in production throughput, and an optimization of uptimes.
Siemens AG took advantage of the introduction of a central SAP solution in its oil and gas division to unify data structures and reduce process costs using ECLASS. In the process, the commodity classes were flexibly adapted to the Siemens system. Previously, a considerable amount of information was virtually unavailable due to mismatches between the search algorithms and data formats. Today, the data are standardized across locations, duplications have been eliminated, and maintenance is very straightforward. Among other elements, there is a multi-language terminology database, an interface for catalog data, and commodity-class-specific templates.
Delta-V, a producer and distributor of office equipment, was tasked with producing an electronic product catalog. The Wuppertal company selected ECLASS in order to obtain a uniform data structure for this purpose. Since that time, data from its inventory management system and online shop has been combined, and the catalog is created simply by pressing a button. The simplicity and speed with which this takes place is highly valued by the customers. Many of them themselves use the data thus provided.
Eight companies operate independently of one another under the Nolte Group’s roof. In this case, it was necessary to harmonize internal processes and systems. In particular, the product master data for item purchases were heterogeneous. As representative of the furniture industry, Nolte developed the new furniture segment within the ECLASS organization, thus establishing a benchmark. Suppliers are already using the system for the e-procurement platform, with a high degree of acceptance evident. Goods procurement has now been unified and simplified due to the clear hierarchy levels in the classification system. In addition, corporate management has become significantly easier.