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FASTEC 4 PRO at Dr. Willmar Schwabe: Transparency Instead of a Black Box

The Schwabe Group is a family-owned, medium-sized company in its 5th generation. The company has two production sites in Germany and several more abroad. With 4,000 employees worldwide, the Schwabe Group produces phytopharmaceuticals, homeopathic medicines and dietary supplements. The main goal of the project was to eliminate the black box in production and achieve complete transparency across all lines and plants. With the help of an easy-to-use software solution, the OEE was already increased by 5 percentage points (5 %P) in the first year.

As a globally active company with a focus on product safety and sustainability, Dr. Willmar Schwabe wanted to digitalize its production processes and thus make its working methods more transparent and efficient. The packaging process in particular was a black box for the responsible managers. Key figures from production were always determined by manual data acquisition. However, this approach is prone to errors and does not offer any comprehensive evaluation options.

Criteria for the Introduction of a Software Solution:

  • Ease of use to increase acceptance among employees
  • Attractive, visual display options for reports
  • Flexible configurability without major programming effort

Employees are Enthusiastic about Reports

The large screens in production and the displays from FASTEC 4 PRO sparked interest and increased acceptance of the system. Employees who have not been in packaging for a while and have seen the screens for the first time are always very impressed. At the beginning of the project, concerns were expressed by both the works council and individual employees. After a live demonstration of how FASTEC 4 PRO works in detail, these concerns were quickly resolved and it became clear: FASTEC 4 PRO monitors the machine(s) – not the people.

Clear structures and self-explanatory use were key elements for us to increase acceptance among employees.

– Henryk Wiche, Expert CIP / Ideas Management, Dr. Willmar Schwabe Group

Convincing Real-Time Data

The employees who work with the Office Client no longer want to do without the tool. They have a daily overview of the current status of production and can also see how the previous day or week went, for example.
the previous day or last week, for example. Reports can be generated at any time at the click of a mouse using various filters. The real-time overview of the current data situation is by far the greatest benefit for everyone, because before the introduction of FASTEC 4 PRO, data was only ever available with a long delay. The black box of the past no longer exists.

Honestly, we now have a level of data accuracy here that I didn’t even expect.

– Gerhard Kroker, Director Production Assembly, Dr. Willmar Schwabe Group

For detailed information on the optimization projects implemented and the use of the software solution, read the entire User Report.

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Author: Linda Bauer

Team Lead Marketing
Experience in B2B communication and target group-specific copywriting in print and online since 2019.

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