IDCO ES Recycling

Transparent Material Tracking

mes_recycling Issues

  • Volumes of material invoiced (e.g. through SAP) differ from actually consumed material volumes, since bookkeeping decisions (invoiced volumes) do not always correspond to production-related decisions (feed volumes).
  • Laborious workflow between operating departments: Material receipt  sampling  laboratory analysis  approval of material for production
  • No online overview of material inventories (volumes + chemical analysis + storage locations) on the works site
  • Material loses its “identity” (supplier, quality, volume contract) after receipt
  • New contract negotiations for volume contracts difficult, since no historical data accessible, e.g. average analysis of delivered material from a supplier

Transparent Material Tracking

  • Purchasing/sales: Annual planning of volume lots and the associated volume contracts
  • Receipt of goods: Delivery of materials  weight note creation
    1. Booking to volume contract (approved by purchasing department)
    2. Weight notes available online with storage location allocation
    3. Initiation of sampling and associated laboratory analysis
  • Quality control: Chemical analysis and approval for production
  • Production: Preparation of feed mixtures on the basis of material analyses
  • Financial accounting: Preparation of invoicing volumes on the basis of real feed volumes


  • Complex department-specific “Excel landscapes” are replaced by cross-department database structures (common use of data)
    1. Lower maintenance expenses due to avoidance of duplicated data maintenance
    2. Minimierung von „Fehlerquellen“  Tippfehler, Kommunikationsfehler,…o Minimisation of “error sources”  typos, communication errors, etc.
  • Transparency in tracking real material flows along the value chain
    1. Simpler allocation of chemical analyses (assessments)
    2. Rapid reaction to market and production changes (TARGET/ACTUAL comparisons)
  • Real material inventories are displayed against bookkeeping write-off inventories
    1. Reporting to SAP of volumes to be invoiced
  • Evaluation possibilities / negotiation support with volume contract
    1. Independent interpretation of data for corporate management
    2. Degree of fulfilment related to stipulated annual targets (reagent/product)
    3. Access to history data (materials, analyses, etc.) for negotiations