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KUKA Roboter GmbH implements Wassermann's real-time software

The planning and scheduling software wayRTS slated to go live by mid-year 2008

(PresseBox) (Munich, Germany, ) KUKA Roboter GmbH, headquartered in Augsburg, Germany, is the leading global manufacturer of industrial robots. KUKA Roboter looks forward to creating optimal manufacturing schedules, attaining a 98 percent on-time delivery, and reducing stock holding by an additional 15 percent once wayRTS (Real Time Simulation) from Wassermann, is fully implemented. The high demands placed on planning quality and process reliability mean that manufacturing can achieve production processes with an extremely low margin of error, similar to corporations in the aviation industry. By using the Wassermann solution, the efficiency of the value-added chain will now be increased even further.

"With the wayRTS software as our planning and scheduling tool, our goal is to achieve a minimum of 98 percent on-time delivery, and a further reduction of stock holding by 15 percent," explains Udo Erath, Global Production Director at KUKA Roboter GmbH. "We believe we can accomplish this because we will be able to reduce lead times and markedly increase transparency in the supply chain from the supplier right up to the distribution warehouse." Experience gathered by Wassermann AG from comparable SCM projects provides KUKA Roboter GmbH with the necessary confidence that these goals can be achieved within just 12 months of the software going live.

After evaluating leading advanced planning and scheduling systems including real-time simulation, KUKA Roboter GmbH settled on implementing wayRTS, Wassermann AG's planning and scheduling software. The implementation phase including the definition of data structures and data exchange to the SAP ERP system for data management, the development of the planning structures and rules, and employee training began in January 2008. The launch at KUKA Roboter GmbH is planned for the end of July 2008.

KUKA Roboter GmbH

KUKA Roboter GmbH, based in Augsburg, Germany, is a member of KUKA AG (Augsburg) and is the leading global manufacturer of industrial robots. The company's core expertise is the development, production, sales, and service of industrial robots, controllers, software, and linear units. KUKA Roboter GmbH is the market leader in both Germany and Europe and ranks third in the world. The KUKA Robot Group employs nearly 2,000 people worldwide, of which 1,200 employees work for the KUKA Robot Group Germany at the headquarters in Augsburg and in offices and subsidiaries across the nation. In 2006 company sales reached €375 million. KUKA Roboter GmbH is represented by over 20 subsidiaries in Europe, the United States, and Asia.

Wassermann AG

The approach adopted by the Wassermann Management Consultants combines industry best practices with innovative consulting concepts and extensive IT expertise. Wassermann offers consulting in the fields of smart manufacturing, distribution and after-sales services, procurement management, and information technology, with measurable and sustainable benefits for its customers always having top priority.

In the field of software solutions, the way standard software adds valuable SCM functionality to ERP applications. This leads to integrated overall solutions, enabling vertically and horizontally integrated process planning and controlling. The result: Companies become more efficient, more transparent, and more profitable.

Wassermann AG constitutes the "Consulting Services/Wassermann" division of the Swisslog Group, a global provider of integrated logistics solutions for automated warehouses, distribution centers, and hospitals. The company, which is headquartered in Buchs/Aarau, Switzerland, currently employs more than 2,000 people in 20 countries.