Basel, CH – December 2017
Shop-Floor Applications in Barn Management
SAP Meat and Fish Management by msg is an SAP ERP add-on for the meat industry that enables industry-specific processes to be mapped within individual companies. What may not be apparent at first glance is that the numerous shop-floor applications in various areas are an essential component of SAP Meat and Fish Management by msg. Meat Management also ensures that devices can be integrated with these applications, as we have reported in previous articles (here, here and here).
In this article, we will take a closer look at the Meat Management shop-floor applications used most frequently in barn management.
The main application areas of the Barn Management functionality are
- Unloading of trucks and reception of animals for slaughter in the barn.
- The allocation of the animals to a defined barn or a housing unit (e.g. box).
- The transfer of animals to slaughter (e.g. to the CO2 chamber).
Meat Management Organizational Data in Barn Management
The organizational structures for barn management are defined in Customizing beforehand. Each barn can be subdivided into a variety of barn levels, barn rows, barn positions and successor barn positions, which can then be used as organizational levels when creating the barn in the master data. The flexibly definable organizational structures can be used differently for each stock type in barn management. For example, tanks can be defined as barn units in the area of stock type Fish.
Meat Management Master Data in Barn Management
If necessary, the physical barn areas can be kept in highly granular detail. Different barns can be defined with a great variety of boxes, which, again, can be subdivided into barn areas, rows and barn positions. For each unit, additional parameters such as blocking reasons (veterinary examination, cleaning, etc.) or whether overbooking is permitted, for instance, can be stored.
The corresponding materials are also stored for the different boxes in the barn. This allows you to specify which materials may be managed in this box. If, for example, the barns differ in quality (age, weight, organic, etc.), this could be controlled via different material numbers. The limit on the number of animals per barn unit is also defined by the conversion in the material master database.
Barn Management on the Shop-Floor
If the User Administration functionality is active in Meat Management, users must log on to the terminal with their user data. The application described here can be run on different operating systems (iOS, Android and Windows) and different end devices such as handhelds, industrial PCs or tablets.
Lot Selection and Inbounds Data Entry
After accessing the Barn Management application, a list of livestock receptions is displayed. Each lot can be selected and posted to the appropriate barn. It does not matter whether partial quantities or the entire lot is posted to a barn. Various checks such as, for example, only one vendor, lot or country of delivery per box at a time can be easily integrated to meet legal and customer traceability requirements.
Animals can be transferred from one barn area to another. This transfer posting can easily be done in the Meat Management shop floor application by selecting the “from” box and the corresponding transfer box and confirming the transfer posting.
As soon as the animals of a particular barn (area) are slaughtered, the exit from the barn into slaughtering is recorded. The stock in the barns is thereby reduced.
History and Stock
Of course, the system allows you to track at any time in which barn (area) the animals for slaughter have been, how much time they have spent in the barns and how many animals are currently in the barn. This gives you full control over the capacity and utilization of the barns in the slaughterhouse at all times.
The use of Softproviding shop-floor applications is an option that guarantees customers added value all along the line, since existing MES systems can also be easily integrated. All of the applications described here are part of the standard delivery of SAP Meat and Fish Management by msg and can be easily adapted to customer-specific requirements.
If this article has piqued your interest, please do not hesitate to contact Mr Stephan Kronbichler (Business Development) for further information. The best way to do this is via e-mail or telephone on +41 (0)61 508 21 42.