Direct integration of Hänel storage systems in SAP

Hänel attaches great importance to enabling its storage lifts to interface directly with customer ERP software.

For many years Hänel’s MP 100 D and MP 12 N-HostData control systems have been supporting data exchange without the need for additional middleware. An FTP server, a Windows drive release or a web service interface is all that is required for data exchange between the Hänel controller and the customer’s ERP system.

The multifunctional controller from Hänel

The latest generation MP 12 N-H/HostWeb controller also doubles as a terminal for a wide range of ERP systems. Synchronization problems, such as those stemming from redundant data storage, are prevented.

All SAP user dialogs are displayed directly on the touch screen of the Hänel control unit. The input data is booked in the ERP system in real time – then the storage system is actuated. The booking is executed directly in the ERP server. There is no data buffering or data conversion in the control system. This means that the storage overview and inventory status control are always updated – worldwide, regardless of the client used.

Thus Hänel storage systems can be integrated in nearly every kind of ERP environment.

Thanks to its close cooperation with Prismat, a leading provider of warehouse management systems and SAP logistics solutions, Hänel was able to realize the middleware-free link joining the Hänel controller and an SAP warehouse management system.

A storage management template created in advance for SAP Business Suite (SAP ERP and SAP SCM) and containing standard dialogs can be included in the delivery.

The individual programming and configuration in the SAP environment can be done by our cooperation partner Prismat or by customers themselves. The user interface can be adjusted on the control unit according to specific individual needs.

A large number of installations have already proven their worth in real-world environments. With the wide range of connectivity options offered by Hänel, it has been possible to set up installations having ERP systems from SAP, Navision, proAlpha®, Sage, PSI Penta, INFOR, ABAS and many others – with great success.

By integrating the SOAP interface in its controllers, Hänel has succeeded in making the visions of its customers a reality!