In recent years, Maschinenfabrik Reinhausen has also been consistently investing in the solutions and project business alongside its core business. HIGHVOLT in Dresden, among others, was thus acquired – a company which designs and implements challenging customer projects in the field of high voltage testing and measurement technology. This resulted in multiple divisions within the group which operate in the Engineer-to-Order (ETO) business rather than the traditional Configure-to-Order business.
However, MR’s SAP system was not designed for the associated business processes, meaning that the project business divisions were working either with workarounds in SAP or outside SAP entirely.
Compounding this problem was the fact that the ETO processes in the individual divisions differed significantly for historical reasons, despite having the same business management task. HIGHVOLT had the classic plant manufacturer’s problem that every system is unique and the maintenance of master data and projects therefore required a great deal of effort.
The management of the MR Group therefore initiated the M5 project with the following goals: