Robotic process automation for software-based automation of administrative processes of the internal supply chain

Theme Automation, Industry 4.0
Project title Robotic process automation for software-based automation of administrative processes of the internal supply chain (RPAlog)
Project duration 01.01.2021 – 31.12.2022
Project website https://ipri-institute.com/forschungsprojekte/rpalog/
Press release

The internal supply chain in companies involves a large number of processes that are characterized by repetitive and administrative tasks. In many companies end-to-end digital data transmission is not possible. The reason for this is, on one hand that not all data is available digitally and on the other hand the use of different systems such as the quality management system (QM) or the ERP system. In order to cope with the heterogeneity of the processes within this chain, Robotic Process Automation (RPA) is a promising approach. The administrative processes in internal supply chain can be automated with the help of an RPA software robot. The software robot can be integrated into existing systems at low cost and effort for small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs). In addition, an RPA solution reduces the error rate and average processing time. This relieves employees around administrative tasks, the degree of digitalization in companies is successively increased and the competitiveness of companies increases.

RPAlog includes the identification of processes in internal supply chain that can be automated as well as the automation of these processes in a way that is suitable for SMEs, taking into account technological, data-related, organizational and human requirements. The focus is on production-related business areas. The aim is to enable SMEs in mechanical engineering and to implement RPA in internal supply chain.

Publications about the project

The internal supply chain in companies includes all areas from procurement to shipping. It is characterised by a heterogeneous process landscape, often accompanied by repetitive, administrative tasks. These are usually associated with a high level of manual effort and a high potential for errors. An example of this is the manual entry of delivery notes into an enterprise resource planning (ERP) system. Even incremental improvements already help SMEs enormously to cope with the heterogeneity of processes in the internal supply chain. Robotic Process Automation (RPA) is a promising approach to this. RPA offers the potential to automate administrative processes in internal supply chain that previously did not seem automatable.

Logistik, innerbetriebliche Lieferkette, robotic process automation, RPA

Sponsor

The IGF project 21594 N of the research association BVL was funded via the German Federation of Industrial Research Associations (AiF) in the programme of Industrial Collective Research (IGF) by the Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Climate Action (BMWK) based on a decision of the German Bundestag.

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