Direct interface for Hänel storage lift system with SAP


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Direkte SAP-Schnittstelle der Hänel-Steuerung in Factory Control Center | FCTR ermöglicht Darstellung des Digital Twins am Arbeitsplatz mit vielen Vorteilen.

Intelligent SAP inventory management in the Hänel lift as an integral part of the SAP-controlled manufacturing process

For manufacturing, various production resources are necessary, such as tools, fixtures, measuring devices, and test equipment. These parts are stored in shelf storages, tool cabinets, or storage lifts until usage. The up-to-dateness of stock information in the SAP system is an essential success factor for smooth manufacturing processes.

The direct SAP interface for Hänel lifts in Factory Control Center | FCTR enables the representation of the Digital Twin at the work center and comes with many advantages:

Facilitated working thanks to automation

During stocking and withdrawal, the material master stock is automatically maintained in the SAP system. First, the posting is carried out in SAP Inventory Management | SAP IM and then, according to the usage also in SAP Warehouse Management | SAP WM.

Up-to-date data in real time

Users on the shop floor can query the current status of the storage. Below minimum stock, a requirement coverage request is created automatically for purchasing.


Easy handling without SAP transaction knowledge

For searching parts in the storage and automatically accessing the tray, a separate, intuitive user interface for the Hänel control has been developed.


Anmeldung am SAP-System über RFID-Karte

Logon to SAP system with RFID card

Entering logon data can be completely omitted, which is a huge time saver. Each posting is personalized and traceable.


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Kernfunktionen der Hänel-Schnittstelle mit dem SAP-System

Core functions of the Hänel interface to the SAP system


Representation of the Digital Twin at the storage lift
  • Basic data of the material or equipment
  • Stock
  • Stock in other storages
  • Previews and drawings
  • Directly available on mobile devices or at the computer
Integrated and optimized processes
  • Direct communication between Hänel control and SAP system
  • Availability check for complete tools and their components
  • Display of bills of material for installation orders
  • Automatic stock posting in the SAP IM module
  • Optionally, automated stock posting in the SAP WM module
  • Management of lift trays as storage places or functional locations
Easy handling for users
  • Lift usage with an intuitive user interface on the touchpad
  • Suggestion of functional locations depending on the equipment or material entered
  • Notifications in case of stockout
  • Simplified transfer posting masks
  • Configurable search for materials in the storage
  • Use of presettings for posting transactions

Functionality of the solution – according to your individual processes

Functionality for FCTR tool planning
  • Display of planned loading and unloading lists
  • Display of planned assembly and disassembly lists
  • Provision of tools and fixtures
  • Automatic tray movement to removal area when entering equipment numbers
  • Suggestion of functional locations depending on the equipment entered at stocking
Functionality for maintaining tools as materials
  • Support of employee ID cards (separate reader necessary)
  • Easy logon and logoff via ID card
  • Personalized postings without SAP logon
  • Automatic tray movement to removal area when clicking on storage place
  • Enabling lift functions and trays via SAP authorization objects
  • Execution of optimization runs
  • With the SAP WM module: List of open transfer orders for goods receipt and change of storage place
  • Innovative display of tray status via color encoding
  • User-specific display of history for material postings
  • Configurable search for materials in the storage
Digital lift on the shop floor<br />
Case Study<br />

Case Study – Digital lift on the shop floor

The world market and technology leader for drive and control engineering develops highly reliable solutions for demanding applications of important industries.
Increasing the efficiency of plants and processes ranks among the industry leader’s dedicated sustainability goals. The company, therefore, actively pushes ahead with digitalization, not only with regard to their customers but also in-house. The best example being the SAP-based optimization of tool warehouse management across several plant sites in Germany – with DSC Software AG as their technology and implementation partner.