CLAAS KGaA mbH
Expert support in technical matters

The Your Expert Cluster project team provided support to CLAAS on a number of different technical challenges resulting from changes in industry regulations. This included adopting rules that prohibit the use of chromium (VI) in surface treatment; revision of corporate standards by incorporating the current nomenclature of materials; and specific aspects of managing the use of technical drawings. All projects required detailed knowledge of the relevant national and international standards and their application.

CLAAS, with corporate headquarters in Harsewinkel, Germany, is one of the world’s leading manufacturers of agricultural engineering equipment, including being the European market leader in combine harvesters. The CLAAS product portfolio also includes state-of-the-art farming information technology. CLAAS employs 11,500 workers worldwide and reported a turnover of 3.8 billion euros in the financial year of 2015.

HOMAG GmbH
Rule-based definition of univocal SAP idents on the basis of functional descriptions

Your Expert Cluster joined a project to revise the nomenclature and functional description of wood-processing machinery. Our specific task was to derive rules for the univocal and reproducible definition of SAP idents, both for technical classification and for individual attributes. On the basis of expert knowledge about classification and reference identification, the expert team initially structured the available master data and then used a modular VBA application to generate univocal SAP idents from the short text description of functions and attributes.

HOMAG Group is based in Schopfloch, Germany. HOMAG is the world’s leading manufacturer of machines and systems for the wood-processing industry and trades. As a global player, the company operates international production plants as well as sales and service companies. With around 6000 employees, HOMAG has a presence in more than 100 countries and an estimated global market share of just under 30%.

CLAAS KGaA mbH
Optimization of the corporate management of standards

Your Expert Cluster developed an optimization concept for managing industry and corporate standards within the CLAAS Group. The project team first performed an as-is analysis at several European manufacturing sites and then used a detailed SWOT process to derive measures for improving the management of standards. Core results were the organization of a central administration unit along business needs and the integration of its services into the various manufacturing sites.

CLAAS, with corporate headquarters in Harsewinkel, Germany, is one of the world’s leading manufacturers of agricultural engineering equipment, including being the European market leader in combine harvesters. The CLAAS product portfolio also includes state-of-the-art farming information technology. CLAAS employs 11,500 workers worldwide and reported a turnover of 3.8 billion euros in the financial year of 2015.

BAUER Maschinen GmbH
Quality improvement of raw materials master data

Your Expert Cluster GmbH was assigned by BAUER Maschinen GmbH, Schrobenhausen, Germany, to improve the master data quality of raw materials. The data were optimized with respect to their data structure and to their attributes as to being up to date, correct, and complete, while also removing duplicates. During the project, specialist knowledge of international materials, products, and standards was shared.

BAUER Maschinen GmbH is a leading provider of services, equipment, and products related to ground and groundwater. The BAUER Group employs some 10,700 people in around 70 countries and achieves total Group revenues of EUR 1.7 B.

enowa AG
Development of a master data concept as part of an SAP implementation

enowa AG was assigned by an international manufacturer of specialty chemicals to manage an SAP harmonization project. Within the scope of this project, Your Expert Cluster teamed with enowa and the client to develop a master data concept for the entire company. First, the use of master data in all corporate processes, clients/vendors, and materials was analyzed and documented. Then, a concept for the unified use and classification of these data was developed, and the target design for their implementation was described in detail in an SAP Blueprint document.

enowa AG is a privately owned international consulting firm focusing on strategy consulting, change management, process consulting, and SAP consulting.

Chamber of Commerce and Industry (IHK) for Munich and Upper Bavaria
Conception of a self-check to assess the digital maturity of a company

The Chamber of Commerce and Industry for Munich and Upper Bavaria designed an online reference guide „Industry 4.0“ specifically targeting mid-sized companies. One of its elements is the digital maturity check. The self-check allows companies to assess their digital maturity level in four areas: Smart Products, Smart Manufacturing, Smart Organization, and Smart Technologies. Your Expert Cluster contributed to the self-check by defining the subject areas and the content – questions, answers, and useful hints. The check is available at https://ihk-industrie40.de/selbstcheck/.