Axcite Logistics at Scandinavia’s
leading hydraulics company

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“Following the introduction of the Axcite Pocket barcode reading system in Dynamics AX, the number of picking errors has been reduced by up to 90 per cent,” says Project Manager Martin Andersen, Hydra-Grene. “The implementation has helped streamline our processes and make our work more precise. We have reviewed the entire warehouse organisation and received a lot of input into how we can perform our tasks most efficiently.”

The solution from Bredana moves all the Dynamics AX functionality out into hand-held scanners, so picking for orders and production is registered in real time in the system. All transactions are scanned, and the system prevents picking errors by guiding the employee through the process.

Easier to maintain high customer satisfaction

“The drop in the number of errors means that we save a lot of money, as returned items and replacement shipments are expensive. Just as importantly, customer satisfaction is maintained at a high level or increased when we ship the right product every time,” says Department Manager Holger Tylvad, who helped to introduce Axcite Logistics in the warehouse.

He also highlights real-time updates to the warehouse as one of the major benefits:

“Before we got the Bredana solution, our warehouse did not match the system data and it took some time before the inventory was updated with new stock following a transaction. This meant that a warehouse worker could go to a location to pick a product, and find it had already been picked for a customer or for production. Then we had to work out what had happened. This consumed a lot of time,” says Holger Tylvad.

“Following the introduction of the Axcite Pocket barcode reading system in Dynamics AX, the number of picking errors has been reduced by up to 90 per cent,” says Project Manager Martin Andersen, Hydra-Grene.

Pick in the easiest way possible

Bredana’s system supports the entire warehouse flow, from when the product arrives until it is packed and shipped.

During this process, there are a number of handy solutions that are all intended to make warehouse operations easier.

“The warehouse system has been re-organised in cooperation with Bredana. We have a divided the warehouse into A, B and C picking areas, so that the most frequently sold products are located closest to the packing area. After this has been implemented, we will generally be more efficient,” says Holger Tylvad.

Refilling at night and when time is available

Hydra-Grene has had a special solution developed in the system, such that a list is generated of locations that require refilling.

For example, if there is room for 700 units at a location, and the holdings are down to 300, this location will be shown and warehouse employees can then refill it at night or when there is time available.

“We have four employees in goods reception who stock and refill at night. When the day shift arrives, there are products on the shelves ready to be picked. This means we use our time wisely around the clock,” says Holger Tylvad.

We have four employees in goods reception who stock and refill at night. When the day shift arrives, there are products on the shelves ready to be picked. This means we use our time wisely around the clock.

Holger Tylvad Department Manager

Sales orders are created and processed from handheld scanners

Hydra-Grene has its main warehouse in Skjern, and a smaller warehouse in Greve.

In Greve, a number of customers collect their own goods from the warehouse. The system therefore supports pickup orders in an intelligent way.

“Our employees can create pickup orders directly from a handheld scanner while standing in the warehouse with the customer,” says Holger Tylvad.

When the employee has scanned the location and product, they will be told if it has been reserved for another customer. If this is the case, it cannot be picked.

Before Bredana’s solution it was difficult to handle pickup orders. Now everything is handled digitally and directly in Dynamics AX.

Far easier receipt of goods

One of the places the Bredana solution is most visible is goods reception.

The hard copy lists that had to be printed and checked off when a consignment of goods arrived have been replaced by scanning using a handheld scanner, and the subsequent data entry work is also no longer necessary.

“It’s much easier to receive goods using handheld scanners, and it means products are visible in the system as soon they are put on the shelf,” says Holger Tylvad.

Continuous stocktaking

The new warehouse system has some clever features that make it possible to avoid the large annual stocktake.

“We regularly count up in the picking sequences based on certain parameters,” says Holger Tylvad.

“We supplement by counting up by area, or if we discover that the number of items is not correct,” he adds.

Integration of warehouse VLMs

Bredana’s solution also covers the integration of warehouse VLMs and streamlines the picking process here.

“It’s an excellent system, and I think we will acquire even more VLMs in the future. This will mean we better utilise our space and make picking even more efficient. We currently spend too much time in the warehouse,” says Holger Tylvad.

Easier to train staff

Warehouse employees have welcomed the solution.

“They are very pleased with the scanners they can use to perform all the functions. They hardly need to use a PC anymore,” says Holger Tylvad. Hydra-Grene has a number of youth working in the warehouse, and the solution has made it faster and easier to train new employees.

Operations workshop ensured that everyone was ready

Bredana’s solution was only launched after an ‘operations workshop’ was held, to ensure that the organisation was ready.

Logistics are critical for Hydra-Grene. So everything had to run smoothly from the first minute.

“We are very satisfied with our collaboration with Bredana. The consultants are Dynamics AX experts. They understand our business – and challenge our thinking,” says Martin Andersen.

He notes that project expectations were also regularly reconciled.

Following implementation of the warehouse system, Bredana is looking at other Dynamics AX areas in order to optimise the company’s operations across the board.

 

We are very satisfied with our collaboration with Bredana. The consultants are Dynamics AX experts. They understand our business – and challenge our thinking.

Martin Andersen Project Manager

Facts about Hydra-Grene

Hydra-Grene was founded in 1974, and was purchased by Schouw & Co in 1988. Swedish Specma was purchased in 2015 and taken over in 2016. This made the company the leader in its field in Scandinavia overnight. It currently has around 1,000 employees.

Hydra-Grene sells hydraulic components and advises on and produces hydraulic systems.

Its key markets are Denmark, Sweden, Finland, the UK, China and Poland. Specma brought large industrial customers like Volvo and Rolls-Royce with it, while Hydra-Grene has a focus on global customers in the wind turbine industry, in addition to its home market.

The two merged companies expect total annual revenue of around DKK 1.6 billion.

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