Skoda Auto is implementing the SAP S/4 Hana digital platform for system logistics at its Vrchlabí gearbox plant in the Czech Republic. The switch to the enterprise resource planning software is part of a group-wide initiative called Project One Log, which the carmaker said will replace a variety of existing legacy systems.
“The SAP S/4 Hana platform is a well-suited replacement for our currently deployed legacy systems in logistics. It gives us a future-oriented, stable and comprehensive base to build on and to serve our digitisation strategy,” said Alexander Eisl, head of IT at Skoda Auto.
Skoda said it is the largest logistics system changeover at the Vrchlabí plant for 25 years.
The carmaker said that by providing consistent and transparent data Project One Log will streamline its logistics processes alongside other VW Group brands by merging existing sub-processes into a standardised, SAP solution. Logistics and IT departments at Volkswagen Passenger Cars, Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles, Audi and Škoda Auto, having been working closely together on the project under the management of VW Group Logistics since early 2023.
Initially, the group has focused on automatic gearbox assembly line planning, including stock level monitoring, which is said increased the efficiency of material procurement and stock level monitoring processes.
Wider application of the streamlined system will “reduce the number of interfaces in logistics IT while also increasing the availability of data”, according to the company. It expects to increase flexibility and efficiency in production, and achieve significant cost savings. Skoda’s other Czech plants will gradually follow suit, at Kvasiny and Mladá Boleslav.
“With One Log in place, we now have a uniform, standardised and harmonised system that forms a solid foundation for our logistics management, while also saving costs and increasing both flexibility and efficiency across the entire logistics chain,” said David Strnad, head of brand logistics at Škoda Auto.
The carmaker said that the project also offers the opportunity to use the latest business intelligence tools for data analyses across the entire supply chain.
It is not the first time the Vrchlabí plant has been in the vanguard of Skoda’s digitalisation efforts, as previously explained to Automotive Logistics by plant manager Ivan Slimak.