Project Completed Successfully
Leiber Manages Processes with the GUS-OS Suite
About 180 Leiber GmbH employees in Bramsche, Lower Saxony, have been using the GUS Group’s GUS-OS Suite of process-oriented ERP software since January 1, 2017. In addition to the standard business functionalities the manufacturer of brewer’s yeast specialties is using the costing, archive/digital management system and laboratory modules. As a pilot customer Leiber is now using the GUS-OS Suite’s new Web service to connect a networkable truck weighing machine with the system.
Existing ERP software replaced
Prior to implementing the GUS-OS Suite Leiber was already mapping some of its business processes with standard software. “Until now, however, processes involving the specifics of procuring and processing brewer’s yeast were not fully integrated into the ERP system,” says Ralf Hohoff, head of IT at Leiber. “In addition, the batch-specific requirements of the yeast – a natural product – were not easily mapped using the existing software. So a new ERP system seemed a better prospect than adding to an existing one. What followed was a comprehensive selection process from which the GUS-OS Suite emerged as the front runner.”
Web service prevents media discontinuities
After a preliminary project in Spring 2015 in which Leiber first defined the processes and requirements in detail and commissioned from the GUS Group a prototype for particularly critical functions, the main project got under way about a year ago. Special functions for the selection and processing of brewer’s yeast, which as a natural product is subject to natural fluctuations, were refined in the main project in order to provide optimal support for the employees.
Work was further facilitated by integrating a networkable truck weighing machine into the GUS-OS Suite. Instead of inputting the weight of incoming brewer’s yeast into the ERP system manually to book the incoming goods, trucks are now weighed before and after unloading on a Web-enabled truck weighing machine. The difference – the net weight of the brewer’s yeast – is relayed to the ERP system by the REST Web service (REST = Representational State Transfer, a Web standards architecture) and there processed directly without media discontinuities. “Using the Web service we aim to connect other systems, such as laboratory devices, in order to prevent duplication and reduce errors,” Hohoff adds.
“We are delighted that Leiber is able to map fully in our ERP system its exacting industry-specific production and business requirements,” said Ekkehard Ziesche, CEO of GUS Deutschland GmbH. “Good cooperation with the Leiber team also made a significant contribution toward the successful completion of the project.”