Implico Expands the Range of Features in OpenTAS to Include Packaged Products
Implico developed the new functionality in close collaboration with a leading bitumen manufacturer. The customer ships its products from the refinery either by tank truck or as packaged products, depending on the nature of the goods. Previously, OpenTAS was an industry solution specialized in the management of liquid products. Now the system offers all customers entirely new possibilities for inventory and the shipping of pallets, blocks, gas cylinders and other general cargo.
"OpenTAS now allows packaging units to be freely defined," explained Thomas Fahland, Solution Manager Oil & Gas at Implico. The interrelationships of the packaging units can also be configured independently. "Users can specify, for instance, that a pallet has bitumen blocks comprising five layers with eight 20 kilogram blocks each, the wooden pallet on its own weighs eleven kilograms and the plastic wrapping one kilogram." Through parallel inventory control of the weight of the products, the volume, and the associated packaging components, OpenTAS enables full quantity accounting across all types of storage and packaging. This means that in addition to the management of stocks in tanks, management of packaged products at the storage locations is now possible as well. Corresponding evaluations and reports are available at all times.
Production planning: from liter to pallet
The system manages the conversion between the different packaging units and simplifies production planning. Using OpenTAS, refineries can calculate the quantity of packaged goods, for example bitumen blocks or gas cylinders, that the volume of liquid or gaseous products will yield.
Implico has developed a state-of-the-art, clearly structured graphical user interface to make the software as intuitive and easy to use as possible. The GUI was also developed in close collaboration with the customer and therefore meets all practical requirements.
"Our solution gives companies significantly more possible applications for OpenTAS than before, for instance in gas farms," Thomas Fahland said. "What is more, OpenTAS can now also benefit companies whose business is partially or entirely run on the basis of general cargo."
The Implico Group optimizes logistics and business processes for oil and gas downstream companies. The international consulting and software company with its headquarters in Hamburg, Germany, has subsidiaries in Malaysia, Romania and the USA. Founded in 1983, the company today employs around 200 staff.
Implico provides consulting services, data services and software solutions for the entire supply chain – from forecasting, order entry, dispatching and tour optimization to data collation and invoicing. Leading oil and gas companies all over the world trust in Implico’s industry expertise and high-performance IT solutions including OpenTAS®, SAP® SDM, SAP® RFNO and iGOS.
OpenTAS automates the storage and transportation of hydrocarbons for refineries, tank farms, and service station networks. SAP SDM (Secondary Distribution Management) steers and optimizes the complete order-to-cash process. SDM RFNO (Retail Fuel Network Operations) automates all payment and quantity flows of service station networks. iGOS (Implico Global Operation Services) offers innovative downstream solutions out of the Cloud.
Implico is a Microsoft Gold Partner, a Software Development Partner of SAP and a member of the Oracle PartnerNetwork. The company has been recognized for its products and services on numerous occasions, e.g. for Supply Chain Management Software and as Oil & Gas Logistics Company of the Year 2015.