BMAX: Automating your Master Data Processes
Our client, Entegris, is a global leader in advanced materials science. Their SAP PLM journey began back in 2015, and today, we’ll be taking a look at the recent enhancements to their platform via LeverX’s BOM/Material Master Extension and Allocation Tool Solution (BMAX).
Improving time to value was a key business driver in the decision to implement the BMAX tool solution. Entegris desired a cost-effective, easily configurable tool that works within SAP PLM suite vs. a stand-alone solution.
In the initial PLM implementation, the focus was on eliminating system silos and isolated information that was causing errors and lost time within product development. With a successful SAP PLM system established, it was now time to focus on improving business processes around the solution (via BMAX).
With a core emphasis on increasing the speed of new product launches while reducing the process of Material creation and extension from days to minutes, Entegris turned to the BMAX tool solution from LeverX. After a successful implementation in 2018, Entegris rolled out BMAX Worldwide to more than 15 plants, affecting over a hundred users.
This business process control has saved our client about 15 minutes per Material.
Key benefits Entegris has achieved from BMAX:
- BMAX has:
- Allowed them to immediately roll out data field changes across the organization with rule changes.
- Automated the Master Master creation AND extension process which was formerly time consuming and open to error.
- Driven down the time it takes to create material.
- Built data governance controls into the Material Master creation process.
Next steps in this success story
BMAX has allowed engineers to get a Material Number in SAP in a matter of seconds, if needed. This PLM journey has brought agility to the production process, with a dramatic decrease in time lost due to creating and extending Materials; and a decrease in error due to the wrong people entering the wrong info at the wrong time. BMAX has allowed Entegris to automate data creation in a decentralized fashion, supporting the entry of the right data by the right people at the right time. Centralized data entry departments are a thing of the past; Entegris can now work in a parallel process.
The implementation of BMAX was just a first step in an overarching strategy to optimize our client’s product creation/change process. In the next phase, Entegris plans on rolling out the LeverX Integrated Process Solution (IPS), with BMAX integrated inside as a ‘subroutine’ or task that will be driven by a LeverX IPS, work-flow ticket.