Situation: Create a Centralized Labeling Solution that Integrates with SAP, Multiple Sites, and Legacy Printers
- Industry: Metal Fabrication
- Location: United States and Mexico
- ERP System: SAP
The metal fabricating company needed a centralized enterprise labeling solution that integrated with SAP in multiple distribution/manufacturing centers. The solution needed WYSIWYG label design, integration with SAP, and had to be scalable to a fully centralized solution in the future. The integrated solution needed to co-exist with an older version of BarTender already being used for printing with proprietary systems and the previous ERP. Remote installation, label format creation, documentation, and go-live support for the integrated SAP Commander servers at the discrete sites was also needed. A distributed licensing model was used for three separate sites throughout the United States and Mexico.
Peak-Ryzex, as a Certified Enterprise Partner with Seagull Scientific, provided BarTender Enterprise Automation software licensing, maintenance, and consulting, in addition to multiple implementation services provided remotely – including label format design and mapping, installation and documentation, and go-live support. Particularly, iDocs electronic data interchange format was converted to XML files generated by SAP and dropped to a network file folder on one of the three relevant regional VM servers. The file folders were a common shared structure on a separate server on the network accessible by all three Commander servers.
- BarTender Enterprise Automation Edition
- Seagull Scientific print drivers
Featured Peak-Ryzex Services
- Labeling application consultation
- Custom label formatting and design
- SAP integration and support
- Project management
- Go-live support
The company received a single labeling software solution and a flexible, scalable enterprise labeling solution integrated with SAP. Use of Seagull Scientific print drivers made it possible to create one label format that could accommodate printing to any Windows printer brand/model without having to import formats into SAP. The company leveraged iDocs as an XML data structure to serve as a common (and certified) approach with integrating SAP to other systems. The SAP implementation cost was reduced by off-loading a large portion to Peak-Ryzex and leveraging BarTender software and its SAP-certified integration.
Other benefits included:
- Additional standalone printing solutions not integrated with SAP were also provided for using BarTender software
- Custom front-end applications to allow for standalone workstation printing using customized databases databases
- Support implementation with site consultation and support