High availability, easy trouble-shooting and more at SICK. [Shutterstock: 291580322, zhu difeng]

High availability, easy trouble-shooting and more at SICK. [Shutterstock: 291580322, zhu difeng]

User Report: SICK optimizes worldwide print management with AKI

Software based barcode printing, automatic integration of water mark and high availability in SAP printing saving time and money through PrinTaurus and PortMonitor.

SICK, an international leading manufacturer of sensors and sensor solutions for industrial application, has optimized its printing environment with the output management solutions of AKI. The user is now capable of installing a printer in SAP in ten seconds, saves money with a software based barcode printing and administers its complete printing environment easily and centrally.

Combining solutions

The company situated in Germany relies on a combination of PrinTaurus Commander, PrinTaurus for ERP-Systems, ResQueue as well as the PortMonitor with barcode and water mark integration for its 700 printers in more than 50 subsidiaries, investments and representations.

Thereby AKI supports the user in the printing of delivery and shipping documents out of the SAP system in their logistics & distribution center and thereby ensures a smooth procedure in their business-critical divisions.

The company uses the AKI software solution PortMonitor for its barcode printing. Thereby the company saves expensive and high-maintenance barcode modules installed on every single printer.

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Simplifying trouble-shooting and high availability

Above that the AKI solutions gave them the opportunity to implement some highly convenient functions for SAP printing leading to a simplified trouble-shooting, high availability and a consequently transparent infrastructure.

If a printer fails the central printing administration saves a lot of time diagnosing and fixing the error. It even shows at an early stage  where problems could occur.

Administrators are able to implement new output devices on all SAP systems in just ten seconds. Furthermore, test prints out of the SAP systems are now automatically provided with a water mark in order to be able to distinguish between test and real shipping documents.

We achieved a return on investment really fast by a complete integration (…)

Ludwig HuberIT Operations Infrastructure and Application Support, SICK

„We are really happy with the solutions of AKI: an intuitive usability, qualified status reports to the SAP system, high availability and the automatically integrated water mark and bar codes – AKI convinced us “, explains Ludwig Huber, IT Operations Infrastructure and Application Support at SICK.

„The solution really saves us a lot of time and money. We achieved a return on investment really fast by a complete integration of the system into the existing structure and by the very short training period. “

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