Terminals and Software collect/validate employee data.

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B-COMM for SAP® R/3® links terminals and hardware data devices to SAP R/3, releases 3.1-4.6. It automates and validates collection of employee and labor data for entry into SAP solutions. SAP-certified interface software helps ensure faultless data exchange between individual SAP applications and data collection devices. Interface is kept current with SAP technical developments, and data maintenance takes place in SAP solution.

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Kaba Benzing B-COMM for SAP(r)R/3(r) & Time & Labor Terminals Provide Time Management Flexibility at BMW

4,700 BMW Spartanburg (SC) Employees Create 750 Vehicles Daily

MIAMI LAKES, FLA. - May 6, 2003 - Kaba Benzing, a subsidiary of $690 million Kaba Holding AG and worldwide leader in time and labor management systems, today announced that BMW extends the use of its SAP time management component of the SAP HR module by collecting employee time and labor data with its B-COMM for SAP R/3 time and labor management system and 9380 terminals. The more than 4,700--employee BMW Spartanburg plant produces 750 vehicles daily, including 390 BMW X5 sports activity vehicles and 360 Z4 roadsters. To do so, the plant is open six days per week and uses flexible working hour models.

"Based on forecasts of high demand for the new sports activity vehicle, we needed to ramp up production of the X5 quickly," reports Wayne Pressley, BMW section manager. "That meant we needed to change shift patterns and our old time management system could not handle that. Our first Kaba Benzing terminals were installed at the body shop in March of 2001. "We had also made the switch to the SAP system and needed to have our time clocks and time data collection interface with SAP," Pressley adds. "We wanted to minimize implementation problems by selecting a certified SAP partner. Kaba Benzing interfaces with more than 700 SAP installations around the world. B-COMM for SAP offers great functionality off the shelf and the Kaba Benzing America team was able to quickly create a custom application to support our unique needs. We were live in just 60 days after our first meeting." B-COMM for SAP R/3 links Kaba Benzing terminals and other hardware data devices to SAP R/3, Releases 3.1 to 4.6. It automates and validates the collection of employee and labor data for entry into SAP solutions, including mySAP( Human Resources (mySAP HR, time management), mySAP Product Lifecycle Management (including product planning, plant maintenance and project system), SAP Cross Application Time Sheet (CATS) and SAP Employee Self-Service (SAP ESS). The core of the software is a SAP-certified interface software that helps ensure faultless data exchange between the individual SAP applications and the data collection devices. This interface is kept current with all new SAP technical developments. All data maintenance takes place in the SAP solution. "B-COMM is a reliable interface between the terminals and data collection server to our SAP system," says Pressley. "The terminals can store punches if the system goes down, ensuring that we always have accurate information. We transfer data from the data collection server to the SAP server every 30 minutes, posting the data to time management."

At installation, the body shop had to be up and running first. Since BMW employees had been using RFID-based (proximity) ID badges, Kaba Benzing initially provided them with touch screen terminals and went to work creating the proximity credential reader. Within six months, all employees were able to clock in with their proximity ID badges. BMW had Kaba Benzing create a special transaction to cover instances in which an employee forgets his ID badge. As a result, employees can simply clock in using the touchscreen, which Pressley reports is a much easier and more expeditious way than creating a special time card for one day only.

Today, four of the color, touchscreen 9380 time and labor terminals are placed at the main entrance of the 1.5 million square foot main production building where the majority of employees enter. They are also implemented at other entrances and at the training and development center, maintenance shop and additional buildings. The goal, in all cases, is to place the terminals as close to the employee's individual production center as possible.

"As our plant expands, we will add more terminals," Pressley states. "After all, this is the system that collects our people's work hours to determine their pay." About Kaba Benzing Located in Miami Lakes, Fla., Kaba Benzing is a subsidiary of $690 million Kaba Holding AG and a worldwide leader in time and labor management systems. From touch screen access and shop floor terminals to complex labor costing algorithms and reporting for SAP R/3 and other leading enterprise systems, Kaba Benzing offers an array of time and attendance and production data collection solutions. Kaba Benzing can be contacted in North America at 305-819-4000; website is www.kaba-benzing-usa.com. In Europe and Asia, website address is www.kaba-benzing.com.

SAP, R/3, mySAP and all SAP product and service names mentioned herein are trademarks or registered trademarks of SAP AG in Germany and several other countries. All other trademarks are the property of their respective owners.

For more information...
Michael Register Tom Brigham
305-819-4000, x248 818-716-9021
mregister@kbm.kaba.com tbrigham@brighamscully.com

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