GTMS bei der Firma Fill

“Have I thought of everything?” Almost everyone asks themselves this ques­tion as soon as they get in the car. It is especially important for service tech­nicians who travel to customers on a daily basis and need to take tools or spare parts with them. However, they are often located centrally at the head­quarters – and are not accessible on an ad hoc basis. Fill service technicians conveniently select their op­erating resources online and can simply have their tool­box sent out or prepared at their destination. This is made possible by software from Gühring.

Since 1966, Fill in Gurten, Austria, has evolved into one of the world’s lead­ing machine and plant manufacturers. The family run company is known on the market to be extremely innovative and forward thinking. Experienced Fill technicians and service technicians are therefore employed around the world to guarantee consistently high productivity of Fill machines over their en­tire life cycle. On-site visits to the custom­er are part of the day-to-day business of service technicians, who also support the maintenance, optimisation and spare parts management of the production plant after acceptance.

Der Hauptsitz der Firma Fill von außen

The right operating resources are essential at such customer appointments: Tools, spare parts, but also personal protective equipment such as helmets and gloves. Until recently, Fill had a central storage location for all these articles: A lift system at the Gurten site that was supervised by one store keeper. This was the only place where operating resources could be borrowed from and returned. These with­drawals and returns were not recorded. The service technician simply placed a per­sonalised tool token on the location of the removed operating equipment.

Reducing expensive waits and journeys

Peter Brandstötter, production team leader at Fill, remembers a system with weaknesses: “The strong growth of our company in recent years has made it harder and harder to keep track of the tools and operating resources available.” This meant that Fill technicians had no prior insight into whether the required operating resources were actually available or were even sent away after a long waiting period after discovering the required article was not available at all.

Ein Magazineur an der Betriebsmittelausgabe

Such unproductive waits and journeys are hugely expensive, so the company decided to redesign the pro­cess for dispensing tools and operating re­sources. A digital solution had to be created that would enable every employee to reserve tools and operating resources via a tablet, smartphone or PC. Fill brought in a long-stand­ing partner for the implementation, because “Gühring had the best concept ready for our requirements,” Brandstötter says.

Product management with GTMS

This concept is based on the Gühring Tool Management Software (GTMS). Originally de­veloped for controlling Gühring tool cabinets, almost all products can now be managed us­ing this software. This is not an off-the-shelf solution, it is flexibly adapted to the needs of customers. Uwe Reich, sales manager for digitalisation at Gühring, adds: “The GTMS has already given us many opportunities to digitise this process, we only had to tailor it to Fill.” For this purpose, Gühring initial­ly installed a tool dispensing system at Fill, in which all tools and fast-moving consumables for service technicians are now managed digitally.

Operating resources and spare parts are still stored in the lift system, but each article has been added to the da­tabase. The result: The lift system with all travel com­mands now is now managed and controlled automatically via the GTMS. All booking processes are linked to Fill’s ERP system. Data is still maintained in the customer’s ERP system.


The “digital service technician”

This year, the process has been extremely straightforward for the service technicians: They log in to the Fill intranet with their per­sonal login details. No matter where in the world they are. They then fill a digital shopping cart with all the required operating resources. As soon as they save this shopping cart, a corresponding reservation is generated in GTMS.

Ein Service-Techniker der Firma Fill am PC.

Tools that are subject to an inspec­tion interval are blocked by the system on the inspection date and the responsible internal inspection body is automatically informed. GTMS then converts the booking of the ser­vice technician into a picking order. The store keeper receives a packing slip, from which he simply enters the individual articles into the lift system – and all the required operating re­sources are then dispensed to it. 

“From now on, service technicians can concentrate en­tirely on service,” explains Uwe Reich. “And the store keeper always knows who needs what and when it will come back.”As Brandstötter reports, GTMS makes daily work much easier for Fill employees: “Our fitters and service technicians love this inno­vative software solution and could no longer imagine organising tools without it.” There are also many advantages from a business perspective. 

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Processes are optimised and efficiency is increased. Thanks to greater transparency regarding articles in circulation, it is possible to track where the operating re­sources are currently located at any time.“Thanks to the digital solution, waiting and travel times were greatly reduced,” Brandstötter notes. He is also enthusi­astic about the co­operation between the two companies: “The implementa­tion process with the Gühring soft­ware developers was very professional and straightforward.”

For Uwe Reich, the order is an exam­ple of how software solutions simpli­fy everyday life: “This is a perfect ex­ample of classic digitalisation: Manual paperwork becomes a perfectly thought-out, digital process. And the customer is grateful.”

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Uwe Reich
Sales Manager Digitalisation

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