Experts in Their Fields: Ardex Automates Material Flow and Logistics with inconso and SAP EWM

Building chemicals manufacturer commissions inconso with the implementation of SAP EWM to manage the new distribution warehouse at the main location in Witten, Germany

From the left: Dr. Ulrich Dahlhoff, Managing Director of Sales, Mark Eslamlooy, CEO, Dr. Hubert Motzet, Managing Director of Technology. (Source: Ardex)

Bad Nauheim, Germany, 7/4/2018

Ardex GmbH, a global key player in high-performance specialty building materials, is expanding its existing logistics center in Witten, North Rhine-Westphalia (GER), with a new finished goods warehouse. This includes the construction of a fully automated high bay warehouse (HBW) and the connection of conveyor systems to supply the picking areas. The logistics software specialist inconso is responsible for integrating SAP EWM (Extended Warehouse Management) for managing the warehouse and controlling the complete material flow.

Part of the site’s development is the extensive modernization of the material flow to create the “logistics of the future.” The construction chemicals specialist relies on highly automated solutions with which the company addresses international growth and the increasing digitization of business processes. The automatic HBW, including the conveyor technology, will be controlled by the fully integrated SAP EWM-MFS, which stages the pallets at the picking stations in optimized sequences. The programmable logic controller (PLC) will be connected directly to SAP EWM-MFS without an intermediate layer, so that Ardex receives a homogeneous SAP system landscape from the order to the PLC.  

Ardex ensures the satisfaction of several thousand customers in retail and industry by providing finished goods, comprehensive services and a worldwide retail network. “To Ardex, the use of SAP EWM especially represents increased transparency and flexibility in the supply chain so as to create ideal conditions for further growth,” emphasizes Dr. Hubert Motzet, Managing Director of Technology at Ardex. The planned go-live of the extended areas is scheduled for the beginning of 2020.

About Ardex

Ardex GmbH is one of the world market leaders has been the quality leader for an entire industry, offering excellent building chemicals. Ardex is an independent family-owned business that has been growing sustainably for over 70 years. Today, the Ardex Group has over 2,700 employees in over 50 countries on all continents – boasting a virtually end-to-end presence in its core market of Europe. With more than ten major brands, Ardex generates total turnover worldwide of more than 720 million euros per year.