PACK EXPO Las Vegas 2011 E-Portal from Bosch Enhances Spare Parts Logistics
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Robert Bosch GmbH
Packaging Technology, Stuttgarter Straße 130
Press release date: August 31, 2011
oCustomized for efficient ordering process
oReliable planning with up-to-date online information
oStreamlined spare parts logistics improve machine availability
Bosch Packaging Technology expands its services portfolio with the E-Portal, a customized spare parts ordering platform, presented at PACK EXPO 2011 in Las Vegas. The advanced online portal offers manufacturers optimized spare parts logistics and efficient processing of orders and requests by making customized and machine-specific spare parts data readily available. With the E-Portal, up-to-date information on availability, price and delivery is available at any time to enable reliable planning of production processes. Manufacturers also benefit from the option to view all orders and quotes from the last 24 months, which increases transparency during the ordering process and speeds decision making. With an easier spare parts ordering process, packaging machines can be maintained in a timely manner and downtime minimized.
The integrated product search function with predefined options allows the required spare parts to be found quickly and easily including all product details. In addition, personal product searches can be created, enabling manufacturers to save and manage specified search criteria at all times. This contributes to optimized process efficiency, and time and cost savings.
For a more efficient information exchange during the ordering process, the E-Portal offers a memo function. All members of staff involved in ordering spare parts can have access to the E-Portal if, and when, required. Even operators who work closely with the machinery can create a memo with a list of spare parts needed for maintenance or repairs and can update these anytime as required. The spare parts ordering department has access to this earmarked ordering data and can place required parts directly into the basket for enhanced internal communication as well as fast and accurate ordering.
"Increasing competition in the market leads to daily cost and time pressures for manufacturers to ensure they maintain profits," said Ray Nungesser, Sales Manager at Bosch Packaging Services USA. "The E-Portal helps manufacturers optimize their spare parts planning and reduce planned downtime of the packaging machines during production and maintenance. It also eliminates time-consuming searches for spare parts and improves the ordering process."
Additional functionalities enable manufacturers to make the process even more customized. For example, by using the Open Catalog Interface (OCI), a format used to connect to purchasing catalog systems, the Bosch E-Portal allows manufacturers to order parts via the company's own internal system while using the E-Portal catalogue and order information. Furthermore, the Corporate Portal function enables manufacturers to make centralized orders for different facilities.
Contact: Contact person for press inquiries: Ray Nungesser, Johanna Bauer, phone: +1 763 493 6706 phone: +41 58 674-7416 The Bosch division Packaging Technology, based in Waiblingen (Germany), is one of the leading suppliers in the field of packaging technology. In 16 countries worldwide it develops and produces complete systems in packaging and process technology for the pharmaceutical, confectionery and food industries. Customized system solutions complete the service package. Bosch Packaging Technology's sales and service teams operate worldwide. More information at www.boschpackaging.com.
The Bosch Group is a leading global supplier of technology and services. In the areas of automotive and industrial technology, consumer goods, and building technology, some 285,000 associates generated sales of 47.3 billion euros in fiscal 2010. The Bosch Group comprises Robert Bosch GmbH and its more than 350 subsidiaries and regional companies in over 60 countries. If its sales and service partners are included, then Bosch is represented in roughly 150 countries. This worldwide development, manufacturing, and sales network is the foundation for further growth. Bosch spent 3.8 billion euros for research and development in 2010, and applied for over 3,800 patents worldwide. With all its products and services, Bosch enhances the quality of life by providing solutions which are both innovative and beneficial.
Bosch is celebrating its 125th anniversary in 2011. The company was set up in Stuttgart in 1886 by Robert Bosch (1861-1942) as a "Workshop for Precision Mechanics and Electrical Engineering." The special ownership structure of Robert Bosch GmbH guarantees the entrepreneurial freedom of the Bosch Group, making it possible for the company to plan over the long term and to undertake significant up-front investments in the safeguarding of its future. Ninety-two percent of the share capital of Robert Bosch GmbH is held by Robert Bosch Stiftung GmbH, a charitable foundation. The majority of voting rights are held by Robert Bosch Industrietreuhand KG, an industrial trust. The entrepreneurial ownership functions are carried out by the trust. The remaining shares are held by the Bosch family and by Robert Bosch GmbH.
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