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Magic Software's Magic xpi to facilitate data exchange for ZF Lemforder

Magic Software's Magic xpi to facilitate data exchange for ZF Lemforder

December 7, 2016 – Magic Software Enterprises announced that ZF Lemförder SA (South Africa), part of the German ZF Group of companies, implemented the Magic xpi Integration Platform to migrate between ERP systems and to automate the exchange of data between its local production control system and its corporate SAP ERP system. 

ZF Lemförder’s production facilities operate 24 hours a day, 5 days a week, producing parts for 350 cars per day. The Just-in-Time Just-in-Sequence (JIT/JIS) supplier of auto parts to BMW SA was faced with the challenge of migrating its local ERP system to the corporate SAP ERP system. To continue its operations meant that the company also had to replicate the automatic exchange of order and production data that had previously existed between its ERP and its local production system.

Today, Magic xpi is used as the hub for the exchange of client and production information and processes between ZF Lemförder‘s corporate SAP system, based in Germany, and its local production system. Customer order details including bills of material, planned assembly dates and vehicle details are received via SAP, collected by Magic xpi and then sent to the local production system. After the parts are assembled, data is sent via Magic xpi to the SAP ERP to activate internal processes.

“We selected Magic xpi because of all the time it saves us. Its prebuilt SAP ERP connector allowed us to work quickly without deep technical knowledge and its simple web services connectivity enabled easy integration with our local production system. We estimated that developing the same functionality with point-to-point coding could have taken a year, while with Magic xpi it took only 3 to 5 months, including re-scoping due to the complexity of the project,” said Neels Van Rooyen, ICT Manager at ZF Lemförder SA. “The ease and reliability of working with Magic lead us to begin working with Magic xpa, their low code application development platform. We look forward to working with Magic’s application development and integration solution to create additional apps to further automate and digitize our business.”

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