Customer Story

Karl HESS

With more than 60 years of experience in plastics and tool manufacturing, Karl HESS GmbH & Co. KG is a go-to partner for custom solutions. The family business serves various industries, such that HESS parts can be found not just in air conditioners, heating units, or household devices, but also in the interior of almost every Audi model.

At a glance
550
Employees
60
Licenses/User
01/2014
Onboarding
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About Karl HESS

With more than 60 years of experience in plastics and tool manufacturing, Karl HESS GmbH & Co. KG is a go-to partner for custom solutions. The family business serves various industries, such that HESS parts can be found not just in air conditioners, heating units, or household devices, but also in the interior of almost every Audi model.

What began as a one-man-show in 1950 is now a team of 550 employees who deliver a high degree of flexibility, quality and reliability. Quick, strong growth made it necessary to implement a new business software in 2014. The previous ERP system was no longer upgrade-compatible due to extensive customizations and many essential functions and automation options were missing. Almost all of the functions Karl HESS were missing are included in the abas ERP standard release, and that was just one of the reasons to choose the Karlsruhe-based software.

abas ERP also helped simplify and shorten business processes at HESS as well as significantly increase automation, particularly in the area of EDI.

With the implementation of abas ERP we were able to improve the flexibility, speed and strength of our business processes.

- Michael Laupichler, Lead System Administrator

Project highlights

  • NLK (New Logistics Concept) from Volkswagen and String of Pearls (Just in Sequence) with amotiQ Automotive as their partner (abas interface)
  • abas scanner solutions provide support in the warehouse and packaging
  • abas Business Apps in operation
  • Existing DMS (DocuWare) connected to the ERP system
  • abas APS in operation—synchronized with Arburg machines
  • Rough planning performed in abas ERP
  • Advanced planning performed using abas APS and transferred automatically to the machines (Arburg control center)
  • Machines generate completion confirmations in 5-minute intervals
  • Current production status is synchronized in all systems (abas ERP, abas APS, Arburg control center)

Karl HESS at a Glance

Industry
Automotive industry
Mechanical and plant engineering
Rubber and plastics technology
Products

Plastic components for various industries

Locations

Germany