Implementation of platbricks

The Arvato Smart Logistics Platform modernizes the picking process at a global automotive manufacturer

Customer Benefits
Project Overview

platbricks Modernizes the Picking Process at a Global Automotive Manufacturer


In 2018, one of the world's largest automakers officially opened a new plant in Ladson, South Carolina (USA). Shortly after opening, the automaker was awarded a major project by Amazon that included 20000 cars to expand its delivery service. To successfully execute this significant order, the automaker wanted to improve its internal logistics processes.

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A detail-focused concept for internal processes and IT was developed and implemented thanks to platbricks - the Arvato Smart Logistics Platform. Also, interface connections of portable devices with the Manufacturing Execution System were established, the Arvato Smart Logistics Platform app was introduced and a path-optimized sorting of order items was implemented. After the final practical tests and training of the employees, the project was completed successfully.

Customer Benefits

Paperless E2E process and IT consulting
Short implementation times and flexible software customization
Prevent picking errors and increase picking performance
Ensuring economic efficiency and creating warehouse transparency
Intuitive operation of the Control Center and the app         
Short training phase for employees/new employees
Easy nationwide roll-out and international service support
High system availability, scalability, and flexibility through the use of the cloud and SaaS approach
Exception reporting and performance reporting

Project Overview

Background Situation

Initially, the assembly line workers were using paper picking sheets for commissioning on the assembly line. As the manual process is very time-consuming and error-prone, the company was looking for an intelligent solution to enable paperless picking.  Therefore, the goal was to improve performance, reduce potential errors, and ensure high profitability. Arvato Systems was selected to enable the picking process on the assembly line in Ladson using portable devices.


The goal was to reduce manual and paper-heavy processes by increasing efficiency through hands-free mobility and paperless picking. The solution was expected to optimize internal IT processes, improve picking performance, ensure profitability, and enable warehouse visibility through data. 


In this project, we provided the platbricks as a middleware to connect the wearable devices with the Manufacturing Execution System (MES). The assembly line workers were equipped with smart handheld devices, the wearable devices of the customer’s choice. The integration of those devices with the MES allowed for a faster and more accurate workflow compared to conventional paper picking sheets. Simultaneously, introducing barcode scanning helped reducing error rates. With the new integrated ASLP solution, the supervisors can now see the status of every order at any time, on various devices such as their smartphones. Not only status tracking is featured in the solution, but insightful reports are generated, allowing the supervisor to make predictions, intervene in events, and keep track of operations.

Deep Dive

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Expert for the Manufacturing Industry