Venjakob Maschinenbau GmbH & Co. KG
Streamlined Processes Are Key
VENJAKOB Maschinenbau GmbH & Co. KG from Rheda-Wiedenbrück has been writing its success story for more than 50 years. The company manufactures tailor-made surface coating, exhaust air filter and conveyor systems and has managed to streamline all business processes using proALPHA. With an export share of 65 percent and great innovative strength, the mid-sized enterprise is leading in the industry. The ERP solution proALPHA meets VENJAKOB's specific requirements and is substantial to the continued growth of the company.
The success of a company depends on its speed and flexibility. VENJAKOB generates half of its sales and profit with new and enhanced products. It puts innovative solutions on the market long before its competitors and has them protected by international patents. "The order value of our projects ranges from 100,000 to three million euros," says commercial director Christian Nüßer, who leads the company in the third generation. Business therefore has to run like clockwork. After all, VENJAKOB's machines are used by customers all over the world. "Without a central ERP system, we would not have been able to master the strong growth our company has experienced in the last then years," Kai Richard, Head of IT, explains.
VENJAKOB decided to introduce proALPHA ERP in 2005. "We had to constantly adjust the PPS system we introduced in 1994 and used an accounting solution that was not connected to the PPS," says Christian Nüßer. It was an untenable situation.
The Aachen research institute FIR advised VENJAKOB on how to find the right ERP software. Kai Richard wanted a solution that perfectly suited the company's needs. VENJAKOB's new software was to be versatile and able to map its specific requirements.
Industry: Mechanical & Plant Engineering
Sites: Germany, USA
Products: Complete system solutions ranging from spray coating machines for various workpiece materials and geometries through to exhaust air purification plants for organic pollutants and odors
Revenue: €40m (2014)
- Business intelligence tools for effective controlling
- Effortless implementation of the high-bay warehouse for raw materials
- Seamless integration of all business processes and quantity and value flows
- Company-wide access to all documents stored in the Document Management System (DMS)
- Automation of business processes using system-wide WorkflowManagement
Few Customizations, High Level of Integration
VENJAKOB opted for proALPHA due to its high level of integration. Moreover, most business processes could be mapped in the standard version of the software so that only few customization were required. The company also valued proALPHA's versatility and great look and feel.
BI functions for effective controlling and the CA-Link module with its CAD integration were decisive factors, too. CA-Link allows all common CAD systems to be integrated into proALPHA. This enables engineers to access data stored in the ERP system, such as assemblies, drawings and purchase prices, from within their CAD environment.
Plant engineering companies like VENJAKOB have to develop and provide innovative products fast if they want to get an edge over international competitors. A versatile IT system is key here. proALPHA automates all tasks required to process orders, from sales and technical preparation to production and assembly. proALPHA WorkflowManagement is a versatile tool for mapping business processes and automating them based on rules. VENJAKOB works with a special workflow to enter new part master data. When engineers create a record for a new component, it is automatically forwarded to the purchasing department, where price information is added.
Another central proALPHA component is the Document Management System (DMS). It helps employees manage and store documents and ensures audit-proof archiving. VENJAKOB uses the DMS to manage and store project-specific data sheets, shipping documents, and incoming invoices. This not only improves the accuracy of corporate data but also saves time because documents can be found quickly.
Christian Nüßer, Commercial Director, VENJAKOB