LOGON for Holcim Switzerland

Holcim (Schweiz) AG is the largest domestic producer of cement and a subsidiary of LafargeHolcim Ltd. Its production of cement, gravel and concrete, as well as the provision of associated services, plays a major part in creating reliable infrastructure in Switzerland and beyond.


«LOGON has brought our order-to-cash process into the future.»

Jacinto Jimenez Fuentes, Head of Logistic Process Management & Optimization, Holcim (Schweiz) AG

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The project

Holcim (Schweiz) AG needed a modernization of its order-to-cash process. As it was largely paper-based before, the digitalization of the process offered a lot of opportunities to increase efficiency and to reduce susceptibility to errors.

  • The goal: A management and monitoring system that is easy to use by a five-digit number of users in a wide variety of functions and covers virtually all operation areas of Holcim, from ordering to delivery and invoicing.
  • The process: An analysis of the project requirements laid the groundwork for defining the system’s architecture. The ensuing development, integration and configuration of the new software were accompanied by extensive testing to ensure stability and reliability. User training was conducted for a seamless transition to the new system.
  • The result: LOGON, or Logistics Online, is a solution that unites data management and accounting systems and monitors the movement and loads of trucks, containers, and silo wagons (including multi-modal shipments). The entirely digital interface in cockpit-style is fully web-based and secures and encompasses ordering, scheduling, dispatching control, delivery as well as re-routings and collects all invoice-relevant parameters later used by the ERP. RFID tags on trucks, containers, wagons, and silos enable composition-verification and avoid unloading material mix/contamination. LOGON was soon expanded to all of Europe, Middle East and Africa, and is also used for railway loading and transport.

Technologies used:

  • Angular + RxJS relying on a REST backend
  • Java EE application, Open Source
  • Oracle database
  • SAP ERP
  • RFID management
  • Google Maps integration

The benefits

Benefits for Holcim (Schweiz) AG and LOGON users are:

  • interfaces to ERP and other peripheral systems has created one efficient platform
  • The real-time monitoring of transportation via the Google Maps integration enables an easy management of delivery and transport routes and thus helps to avoid bottlenecks and other disruptions in the supply chain
  • Holcim staff, transport operators and clients have easy and flexible access to system data through desktop and mobile devices
  • Efficient collaboration and operational responsibility transfer from client to Holcim
  • The robust and reliable platform ensures process security for highly critical operations
  • Clients have full transparency through the HolcimNOW Smartphone App, from placing their order to receiving their delivery
  • High security thanks to multiple authentication measures
  • Easy transfer of information to the ERP

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‹‹The new system based on innovative technologies and processes has opened up an entirely new level of customer convenience, service, cost and quality management.››
Jacinto Jimenez Fuentes, Head of Logistic Process Management & Optimization, Holcim (Schweiz) AG

The customer

Holcim (Schweiz) AG was founded in 1912 in Holderbank, Switzerland. The company employs approx. 1200 staff at 55 locations and operates 3 cement plants, 16 gravel plants and 36 concrete plants. Thanks to this local foothold, the company can address various individual needs in a quick and flexible manner and offer tailored solutions in the areas of building construction, civil engineering and infrastructure.

 

Activities abroad started in the 1920s and amounted to investments in 70 countries across Europe and overseas. In 2015, Holcim merged with Lafarge to create LafargeHolcim, one of the largest manufacturers of building materials in the world.

 

Holcim (Schweiz) AG stands for Customers, Results, Integrity, Sustainability, People, Openness, and Inclusion.

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