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About Heraeus Medical Component Division
As a global leader in technology and precious metals for more than 150 years, the German group Heraeus has a worldwide presence, serving the aeronautics, automotive, and electronics sectors, to name a few.
One of its six business units, WC Heraeus GmbH, holds within it a Swiss company of 120 people called Heraeus Materials SA. The company, based in Yverdon in the Canton of Vaud, is part of the Medical Components Division of WC Heraeus and is dedicated to manufacturing metal parts with very small dimensions. These components, made from stainless steel, alloys, and special precious metals, are most often used for vascular interventions, as well as cardiac and neurosurgery. Whether they’re manufacturing pacemaker parts or the small springs placed in the brain to prevent aneurysm ruptures, Heraeus Materials applies both rigor and precision to produce high-quality products that are used to sustain human life.
Vincent Dessenne | Financial Director
"We were particularly impressed by the efficient implementation, the system’s ability to interface with other solutions, and the industry knowledge of the SolvAxis consultants. The fact that the solution was both developed and implemented by the same partner was also fundamental in our choice.”
Investing in the Future
"Our management tool was out of breath,” said Vincent Dessenne, CFO of Heraeus Materials. “It no longer had the scalability to support our steady growth and increasingly complex production environment. What’s more, the medical sector we serve is particularly demanding and rapidly changing, and we were having difficulty maintaining the extremely high level of service that our customers expected.”
Accordingly, the Yverdon-based company started looking for a business system that would be flexible enough to adapt to a constantly changing environment. The company’s attention was focused on a specific set of functionality. "We were deprived of real production planning," said Dessenne.
After heated discussions and many meetings, Heraeus Materials’ decision to implement ProConcept ERP from SolvAxis was unanimous. "We were particularly impressed by the efficient implementation, the system’s ability to interface with other solutions, and the industry knowledge of the SolvAxis consultants. The fact that the solution was both developed and implemented by the same partner was also fundamental in our choice,” added Dessenne.
Despite Complexity, On Time and On Budget
The contract ink was barely dry before the SolvAxis professional services team got to work. Dessenne signed in July and wanted the system operational by January 1 of the following year. "The deadlines were fully met, and we began the year with our new management tool,” he said. “The budget initially set was only slightly exceeded, which is an excellent performance for this type of project.” The final task was the implementation of the ProConcept ERP scheduling module to manage Heraeus Materials’ complex production environment. To accomplish the task, the company’s production data needed to be completely redesigned. When the project was successfully completed, Dessenne and his team used words like "serious," "applied," and "flexible" to describe SolvAxis’ personnel.
SolvAxis Serves As Stable Growth Partner
"This may seem obvious, but ProConcept ERP runs our daily operations and provides us with the management tools necessary for growth,” said Dessenne. “I’m not sure this result is always achieved in the world of ERP.”
Indeed, the production management of millions of medical components requires robust and precise ERP functionality. Like SolvAxis, Heraeus Materials understands its obligations to achieve ongoing business process and product improvements. "Now that we can take full advantage of the power of the scheduling module, we have full confidence in the future,” said Dessenne. “The ProConcept ERP solution will undoubtedly accompany us on the path of sustainability.”
- Finance, Cost Accounting, CRM / SRM, Commercial Management, Partner Evaluation, Barcode Management, Management of Precious Materials, Industrial Plan, Industry (POAG), Scheduling, Management, and WorkConcept Non-Compliance
- 1 Site installed
- Over 150 employees
- 40 users
- Production: ~ 15,000 units / year
- Project Duration: 5 months
- Adaptation to the company's growth and increasing organizational complexity
- Efficient planning
Medical Components Division
Av. des Sciences 2D
T +41 24 424 98 98
Vincent Dessenne | Financial Director
"This may seem obvious, but ProConcept ERP runs our daily operations and provides us with the management tools necessary for growth. I’m not sure this result is always achieved in the world of ERP.”
From Components to Systems
The Heraeus portfolio ranges from components to coordinated material systems, all of which are used in a wide variety of industries, including the steel, electronics, chemical, automotive and telecommunications industries.