CLAAS introduces ORBIS PCC:

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CLAAS, one of the world's leading manufacturers of agricultural machinery, has introduced the ORBIS Product Cost Calculator (ORBIS PCC) with great success. This SAP-based add-on, which is easy to use and fully integrated into the SAP ERP system, enables the company to carry out product cost calculation throughout the development process in an IT-supported, standardized, transparent and very high quality manner. This is a business-critical factor for CLAAS: In the case of a new development, which can take up to six years, several tens of thousands of individual items often have to be calculated as part of the costing process, depending on the product group and model.

The benefits of switching to ORBIS PCC became apparent soon after going live. Since many activities can now be performed more easily and tightly, business users are left with more room for tasks such as optimizing costing in terms of quality and profitability. The add-on directly accesses current prices, tariffs, overhead rates and exchange rates in the SAP ERP solution from CLAAS, so that calculations take significantly less time. The fact that the assemblies of a combine harvester or forage harvester can be calculated in varying degrees of detail, depending on the number of parts to be taken over, also helps to speed up the process. Thanks to the fact that ORBIS PCC automatically works with the latest SAP data and has been expanded for CLAAS to include a PLM parts list import, each calculation can be quickly updated - during the year as well as in the course of the fiscal year change.

In addition, the add-on supports cross-departmental collaboration within the scope of costing. Data entered into the add-on flows immediately into the SAP software, which processes it immediately, and is thus available to the downstream processes in purchasing or work preparation in a timely manner. Simulations that can accurately forecast manufacturing costs at an early stage strengthen the purchasing department's position in negotiations with suppliers. With a feature developed especially for CLAAS, which will be adopted as a standard function in ORBIS PCC in the future so that all customers can benefit from it, costing comparisons can be made down to the individual item level. The user interface has also been adapted to the requirements of the agricultural machinery manufacturer: All the data required for a calculation is brought together under a special button.

In addition to the full integration into SAP ERP and the flexibility with regard to customizations, the decisive factor for choosing the ORBIS Product Cost Calculator was, above all, the attractive price of the license model. Thanks to the high level of consulting and process expertise of the ORBIS experts and the cooperative partnership between all parties involved, the implementation at the three German manufacturing sites was completed in just under six months and within the estimated budget. The next step will be the rollout to the production companies worldwide, and further adjustments and extensions are already planned.

About CLAAS Group
CLAAS is one of the world's leading manufacturers of agricultural machinery. Headquartered in Harsewinkel, Westphalia, the company is the European market leader in combine harvesters. CLAAS is the world market leader with its second major product group, self-propelled forage harvesters. The CLAAS product range also includes tractors, round and square balers, forage harvesters, telescopic loaders, and the EASY products, in which CLAAS bundles its electronics expertise. CLAAS produces at four German and eight international locations. In 2016, CLAAS generated sales of 3.6 billion euros with 11,300 employees worldwide and invested more than 200 million euros in research and development projects.

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ORBIS is an internationally active software and business consulting company. With around 400 employees, ORBIS advises and supports international corporations and medium-sized companies - from IT strategy and system selection to business process optimization, system implementation and system integration. In doing so, ORBIS relies on the solutions of the market leaders SAP and Microsoft, with whom we have a close partnership. The core competencies include classic Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP), SAP S/4HANA, Supply Chain Management (SCM), Logistics (EWM/LES), Manufacturing Execution Systems (MES), Variant Management, Customer Relationship Management (CRM) On Premise and Cloud, Business Analytics (BI, EPM and Data Warehousing) and Product Lifecycle Management (PLM). As a reliable partner, ORBIS supports worldwide rollouts of ERP solutions and processes. Own solutions for Industry 4.0, BI, MES, product costing and variant management as well as add-ons based on SAP complete the service portfolio. On the Microsoft Dynamics CRM platform, ORBIS offers mature proprietary industry solutions and best practices such as SAP integration. More than 1500 successfully implemented customer projects are proof of our many years of experience in the automotive supply industry, construction supply industry, electrical and electronics industry, mechanical and plant engineering, logistics, metal industry, consumer goods industry and trade as well as pharmaceuticals. Our long-standing customers include Bosch, Eberspächer, Edscha, Hager Group, Heineken Switzerland, Hörmann, hülsta, HYDAC INTERNATIONAL, Jungheinrich, KSB, KUKA Roboter, Magna, Melitta Haushaltsprodukte, Modine, Paul Hartmann, Pilz, Rittal, Schott, SCHUNK, Villeroy & Boch, WAGO Kontakttechnik and the ZF Group.

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