Stability and reliability:
Hirschmann Automotive centralise SAP printing processes
Hirschmann Automotive GmbH has been working to advance the automotive industry for over 50 years. In doing so, movement and safety on the road are the top priorities for the company, which is based in Rankweil, Vorarlberg, Austria. Flexibility, reliability and innovation are the hallmarks of Hirschmann Automotive, which employs 4,900 people at 6 locations worldwide. The products of the Automotive business unit, such as plug-in, contacting and sensor systems as well as special cable solutions and plastic overmoulding technologies, are developed in research cooperations with renowned vehicle manufacturers and tested in the company’s own test laboratory, which has made Hirschmann one of the leading and reliable partners of the automotive industry. The products include distance warning systems…, which are used under the most extreme conditions and in highly stressed areas.
- Sector Automotive
- Task Central administration of the SAP system via the head office
- Top challenge Problem-free printing as well as high availability at all production locations of shipping, production and purchasing papers
- Top benefit Transparency of printing processes, reduction
For simple tasks, employees at the foreign locations should be assigned limited rights to manage printers locally, such as for redirecting print jobs to other target printers at short notice. Printing from the SAP system was to be done directly to the printers without having to run through additional print servers in order to increase the transparency of the print paths and thereby eliminate possible sources of error.
With these measures, Hirschmann Automotive wanted to reduce downtime for troubleshooting, instabilities and the administrative effort by 50%. The goal was a simple, stable solution that would function reliably and be fail-safe.
The UniSpool and PrinTaurus solutions already in use could be easily adapted to future requirements as part of this restructuring. UniSpool – a print management system for heterogeneous networks with its own spooler – already proved its suitability for use in previous years and was optimally expanded with the PrinTaurus management interface for SAP printing. Printing via WAN connections to the foreign locations was originally the trigger for using AKI’s software: absolute stability, reliability and performance distinguished the solution.
In just a few minutes, the printing environment of the locations in the university pool is mapped centrally from Rankweil – a time advantage of about 70% for the IT department. The printer models used are limited to standard models from only two manufacturers, which drastically simplifies administration and reduces the costs for printer maintenance by about 2/3. The printers meet the requirements for PostScript and network capability.
All documents for HR, finance, purchasing, shipping and production papers are printed from the central SAP system via the output management system UniSpool directly to the target printers at the locations, worldwide, without additional printing paths. This led to more transparency in the traceability of documents and reduced unnecessary sources of error.
In addition, the device status of the target printers is visible in UniSpool at all times, which prevents problems during printing. Exact logging from UniSpool about the printing processes enables precise verification.
Gain transparency, stability and high reliability
- Reduction of error sources through direct printing from SAP to the target printers
- Transparency and traceability through logging of the printing processes
- Time savings of 70% through uniform and standardised printing environment of all locations
- Cost reduction of 2/3 by limiting the number of printers to standard models used throughout the company
- Stability when printing over WAN connections