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ORBIS Steel
The digital solution for the metal industry

ORBIS Steel – digital solution experts in the metal industry

The solution that is suitable for variant configuration via rule tables for standards, quality, tolerances, storage of customer standards and much more

In the metalworking industry, the material quality is described by many characteristics that are grouped in DIN ISO standards. In detail, they describe the chemical composition, the mechanical properties, the surfaces and much more. Many customers today are not content with just DIN ISO standards and have their own higher standards, defined in customer standards. Being able to reliably map these properties, grouped into standards, requires comprehensive and extensive know-how or a set of rules that shows the permissible combinations. In the ORBIS Steel solution, the item creation is based on such a set of rules. The user creates item variants and guided in the process by the maintained set of rules in order to create flawless, feasible items.

The solution and consulting portfolio of ORBIS Steel

Get an insight into the solution and consulting portfolio of ORBIS Steel.

The solution and consulting portfolio of ORBIS Steel offers quite a few functions, which offer you support in all company areas. From procurement to shipping, you are accompanied by the digital solution.

Core functions of the ORBIS Steel solution

The ORBIS Steel solution has many core functions that support your process across divisions. These include procurement or contract management, occupancy planning, quality management, batch cockpit, the MES (Manufacturing Execution System) and the shipping cockpit.

Contracts are greed for group items at certain qualities.

1. Procurement / contract management

In the steel industry, people face the challenge of planning for the purchase of the primary material over a longer period of time. Since this is not possible for concrete primary materials, contracts are agreed on group items for certain grades. These must then be reduced accordingly for the concrete orders. ORBIS Steel offers a smart solution here from partially-configured group materials and contract determination to the characteristics of the ordered item.

The second challenge of procurement is the pricing, since surcharges are incurred depending on the characteristics, which must automatically be included in the order. The ORBIS Steel solution solves this problem using characteristic-based variant pricing. Supplier batches ready for shipment can be accepted in advance and are available for planning.

Production has functions available to it, such as the planning and monitoring of order combinations as well as waste optimization.

2. Occupancy planning

Production has several functions available to it with the help of the ORBIS Steel solution. These include the planning and monitoring of order combinations as well as waste optimization. Blade planning and the consideration of machine restrictions are also functions of the ORBIS Steel solution. In addition, quality comparisons regarding characteristics, but also finding efficient primary materials and a characteristic-based setup optimization are also possible.

In surface machining, for example when cutting partial surfaces from a total surface, the challenge is to find the best possible combination to completely and effectively use the entire total surface in one work step. For this purpose, the planner must identify the combinable needs within a quality and find a suitable primary material, which meets all requirements and causes as little waste as possible. The planner also needs to take machine restrictions into consideration. ORBIS Steel offers an analytical solution here, which provides possible combinations that only need to be selected. Settings can also be made to take alternative materials into consideration as well. The order combination is then carried out with versatile checks for machine restrictions and quality requirements in compliance with the rules. In addition, the sequence planning supports such combination orders via setup characteristics.

Since the steel industry in particular focuses on quality, quality management is one of the key components of the ORBIS Steel solution.

3. Quality management

Since the steel industry in particular focuses on quality, quality management is an important key component of the digital ORBIS Steel solution. Customers request dedicated quality characteristics and also require a quality certificate regarding the ACTUAL characteristics. This functionality as well as the seamless traceability and batch history are realized in the ORBIS Steel solution. Moreover, the digital ORBIS Steel solution also has a sophisticated reporting system, which goes beyond the SAP standard and serves the industry specifics.

As regards quality, the ORBIS Steel solution offers a customer-supplier complaints for individual batches. Several batches can be selected and processed in one delivery thanks to an in-house additional function . Moreover, certificate management as well as worker self-checks and test machine connections are possible.

The ORBIS Steel solution provides a feedback application, which visualizes all of the important aspects to the user.

4. Batch cockpit

The core functions of the ORBIS Steel solution also include the ability to provide feedback as well as a VPE batch management. Since the combination orders in the system must be reported back at the details, the ORBIS Steel solution provides a feedback application, which visualizes all of the important aspects to the user.

For goods movements, the batches are generated or posted and all data regarding the origin and activity is updated in a central file. This clear evaluation transaction can be used for employees to always see what happened to a certain batch, when and where. Moreover, a complete tracking is possible, from the material of the primary supplier to the melt. Quality data can be displayed for all batches.

One's own steel templates allow feedback both about the order

5. MES

In addition, the ORBIS Steel solution has its own steel templates with regard to the MES (Manufacturing Execution System). These allow feedback both about the order combinations as well as about prefabrication. Quality feedback as well as the connection of machine data recording are also possible.

The ORBIS Steel solution not only offers useful key features along the entire procurement process, but also for the final dispatch.

6. Dispatch cockpit

ORBIS Steel not only offers useful key features along the entire procurement process, but also for the final dispatch. The package sizes and weights need to be taken into consideration for dispatch already in advance in order to generate "transportable” deliveries and to organize appropriate transport means. The dispatch cockpit of ORBIS Steel supports all types of shipments, i.e. to the customer, to the supplier or to the subcontractor. The whole thing is structured according to shipping points and customer delivery addresses. The advantage of the dispatch cockpit is that is it evident at a glance what can technically be sent based on inventory and all necessary process steps can be controlled from a user interface.

In addition to dispatch processing for all suppliers, ORBIS Steel also offers batch allocation and an early transport planning with virtual batches. During shipping, mobile applications for goods receipt, important quality checks, relocation as well as the loading of products and picking play an important role. All of these functions can be easily implemented with the ORBIS Steel digital solution.

More add-ons of the ORBIS Steel solution

In addition to the key features, the digital solution from ORBIS Steel also has more add-ons that can be optionally added at any time. These include master data management, scheduling, intralogistics using ORBIS Logistics as well as the product cost calculation with the ORBIS PCC (Product Cost Calculator) and the mobile applications from ORBIS MES (Multi-Process Suite).

7. Master data

ORBIS Steel creates master data in a time-saving manner and reduces the maintenance effort by automatically filling standard fields. This means it is possible to quickly create all of the necessary master data through templates, duplicate check, with and without workflow, as well as versioning.

The ORBIS Steel solution creates master data in a time-saving fashion and reduces the maintenance effort.

8. Scheduling

For scheduling, the ORBIS Steel solution offers pre-planning for contracts as well as capacity planning on hours or tonnage on the one hand. On the other hand, personnel planning is also possible in order to optimally cover the company's personnel needs.

For scheduling, the ORBIS Steel solution offers pre-planning for contracts as well as capacity planning on hours or tonnage.

Enhanced functions in sales and scheduling:

Rule-based availability checks from the raw goods to the customer order, delivery schedule monitoring and EDI integration.

9. Intra-logistics

ORBIS Logistics includes mobile applications to record goods movements “in real-time.” For ORBIS Steel, there are pre-defined templates for effectively handling material supply and disposal. Moreover, it is possible to adjust this specifically to the customer. In addition, ORBIS is the ideal consulting partner in the context of SAP Warehouse Management. Warehouse management is an additional module in the SAP system, which allows for detailed inventory management. ORBIS SE offers the expertise in WM and EWM environment here with its own intra-logistics solutions.

ORBIS Logistics includes mobile applications to record goods movements “in real-time.”

10. Product Cost Calculation

The ORBIS PCC (Product Cost Calculator) can be additionally activated as an add-on. This may be a valuable addition to calculate, generate and compare offers in the early stage with realistic values. If an order is placed, the calculated values of the corresponding offer can then be transferred to a customer order with just one click. Moreover, if necessary, missing master data can be generated from the tool.

In the product cost calculation, the calculation can occur with or without master data. This has the advantage that a calculation can be carried out for a new or modified calculation without the necessary master data, such as parts lists, work plans, types of service, etc. Calculations, such as prices, types of service, etc., can be adjusted via new functions.

The ORBIS PCC (Product Cost Calculator) can be additionally activated as an add-on.

11. Mobile applications

End-to-end process integration in the ORBIS MPS (Multi-Process Suite) of people, machines, plants, devices, systems and sensors. Our digitization suite is fully embedded in SAP ERP and S/4HANA and eliminates media discontinuities as well as non-value adding activities. Quick, automated exchange of information. Process navigation and transparency through visualization on all output devices. Reduction of number of interfaces, systems and potential sources of error.

End-to-end process integration in the ORBIS Multi-Process Suite of people, machines, plants, devices, systems and sensors.

The benefits of the ORBIS Steel solution for surface fabrication:

  • Solution 100% integrated in SAP for surface-machining production industry
  • Pre-defined (best practice) business processes, prepared data structures, integrated QM procedures with product and batch tracing (complete history)
  • Sets of rules for defined characteristics (can be expanded via additional characteristics), tolerances and limit values for all values of the test reports or one's own laboratory
  • Sets of rules for parts lists, work plans and test plans, packaging rules and offer calculations
  • Rule-based, automated creation of master data (e.g. material master record, parts lists and work plans) and automated filling out of standard fields (object dependencies mapped in software) reduces the maintenance effort
  • Central monitoring of inventories, resources and services
  • Cross-plant and cross-country material flow with end-to-end labeling, from goods receipt to dispatch
  • Consolidation of distributed SAP functions in cockpits (order, detailed planning, dispatch)
  • Industry-specific reporting and controlling
  • Flexible detailed production planning and batch tracing across all processing levels

Optional: Expansion with ORBIS MES

References
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Processes and functions
Pre-defined production and manufacturing processes
Processes and functions

Overview of the pre-defined production and manufacturing processes as well as functions of the ORBIS Steel solution

Batch tracing
Convenient traceability and flexible feedback
Batch tracing

Easy traceability and flexible feedback

Reporting
Efficient reporting and flexible analyses
Reporting

Efficient reporting and flexible analyses

Cockpits
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Cockpits

Get a better overview through cockpits

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