Friday, June 7, 2013

FRITZ & MACZIOL expands its VAS position in the Near East



FRITZ & MACZIOL (Germany) - FRITZ & MACZIOL has now reached another important milestone in the rollout of the logistics system VAS at Lafarge MENA.

With the final acceptance in the Lafarge Emirates cement plant, another key project has started operation in the Near East. Overall, seven cement plants belonging to various companies are now working in Saudi Arabia, the Emirates and Syria with the logistics solution from FRITZ & MACZIOL. The launch was realised in the shortest time using a template, which has been specially modified to Lafarge's processes.

The excellent and professional cooperation between Lafarge and the FRITZ & MACZIOL project team made a critical contribution to this fast implementation. "We were able to start the further optimisation process with the demonstrably tested and process-oriented software," the project manager at Lafarge Emirates reported. For Lafarge, therefore, the investments in the development of the VAS Lafarge template, with which it was possible to rollout the solution globally in 22 plants, was worth it. All solutions work integrated into Lafarge's central ERP system from J.D.Edwards/Oracle. Care of the VAS system is ensured by FRITZ & MACZIOL via a corresponding service agreement.

For installations in the Arab world, the VAS user interface has been designed such that the terminals for the drivers and dispatch staff, who speak in Arabic, can also be used from right to left. The hardware also had to be modified to suit the climatic conditions in the Arab world, where temperatures can reach more than 40 degrees Celsius in summer.

About VAS (from FRITZ & MACZIOL):
VAS – the process-oriented software solution for the basic materials industry – covers the entire process chain from delivery, through planning and loading to departure. VAS as the connector between the ERP systems and the technical systems is the key function and adjusting screw for an efficient process. In addition, VAS supports the reporting and provides real-time information to other systems, such as for production, sales or controlling. All technical third party systems, such as weighing, silo and dispensing technologies are fully integrated into the processes of the VAS logistics system. At present, VAS is used around the world in more than 120 plants in the basic materials industry.

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