Weyerhaeuser: Customer Reference Video

Weyerhaeuser is one of the world's largest forest-products companies. See how Weyerhaeuser is implementing SAP Manufacturing Integration and Intelligence to achieve more accurate data, have better maintainability and supportability in the long term, and attain visibility from inventory to the shop floor.

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    • Weyerhaeuser is a forest products company that harvests and grows trees as well as it manufactures, distributes, and sells forest products, and has real-estate construction and development interests as well. From a business perspective, we were looking for a solution that would help us with our inventory by having a handling unit ID barcode inventory so that we could track that better with a higher level of data-quality accuracy. And we were also looking for something that would meet our safety and productivity goals in the mill, so that it was a standalone solution that could continue operation if, for any reason, they couldn't reach back to our centralized systems and was easy to use for the operators. And eventually we'd like to see it tied into our shop floor systems to again kind of increase our data quality, the level of accuracy, and the data. The project had a variability in scope of change depending on the manufacturing location it was going into. Some of our sites were already very familiar with having a barcode-labeling system at the end of their manufacturing line, so for them it was more of a technology change and just learning a new user interface. Luckily, the system was very configurable, so we were able to create something that was very simple and easy for them to pick up from their existing systems. For other of our locations, this was a completely new process for them. We chose this particular solution primarily because it was an off-the-shelf solution. One of our principles is that we do buy versus building our own, looking for better maintainability and supportability in the long term. The other items that were attractive to us in this particular solution is that it could be a standard solution across multiple different types of manufacturing locations and get us a standard platform that we could maintain and manage centrally and deploy at multiple sites. As well as it had room for growth. I mean it addressed our needs for right now, but we also saw opportunities in the future to add on to this particular platform and further leverage it as we move forward. The solution that we did deploy does allow us to continue to run if there's network issues or if our central systems are down, so we've met some of our availability goals. As far as efficiency, ease of use as well, it's a simple touch-screen system that the operators have trained up on fairly well. And it does provide us with at this point a level of data quality, since we are sourcing our material master information from the central system. We don't have data-quality issues there. And then we expect going forward to integrate that with our shop-floor systems and take the opportunity for human error further out of our system. Having deployed part of this project to date, we are seeing the benefits of being able to track our product from our manufacturing locations through our distribution centers and out to our customers at this point. By having those barcode labels and the production confirmation back to our business system, it really ties our supply chain together to see our products moving through the pipeline.
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