CSB Solution Keeps Cheesemaker Lean

Wednesday, July 11th, 2018 | 1333 Views

Züger, Switzerland-based supplier of mozzarella and other cream cheese specialities, is using an end-to-end software solution from industry IT expert CSB-System to keep factory processes lean.  This enables the company to efficiently plan and optimise workflows and information across operations, leading to 50 percent time-saving in order picking.

“Today, we have CSB as a turnkey solution, meaning we have only one system across various departments,” explains Christof Züger, Züger’s chief executive officer.

Züger’s internal logistics use a combination of high-bay storage and mobile picking.  Items are stored in a first-in, first-out sequence to ensure goods can be delivered fresh.  The system links every pallet with sell-by date and lot number, controlling automatic stock removal of pallets as replenishment for picking.

Customer orders are transmitted directly to touch panels of electric forklifts via wireless connection. Screens show the location of the pallet with ordered product.  The picker scans the pallet label, removes the item and confirms picked quantity at the scanner.  When a pallet is empty, the system automatically requisitions a new pallet from the high-bay storage.

“Our paperless packing methods have minimised error rates,” says Züger.

The introduction of CSB Coverage Planning provides availability of materials and capacities, efficiently driving internal processes so all orders are delivered on requested dates at minimal costs, with important data available in real-time. Availability of materials and capacity is monitored permanently, meaning inventory capital commitment is reduced.

In the event of returns, CSB-Document Steering provides a standardised procedure enabling the company to quickly identify the reason for return and respond accordingly.

Züger continues to drive digitalisation both at its plant in Oberbüren and with upgrading of its German operations to CSB. “We believe we have already installed a lot here in Oberbüren so we can efficiently live a kind of Industry 4.0,” concludes Züger.