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AstraZeneca Enhances Product Traceability with Honeywell Forge

 AstraZeneca Enhances Product Traceability with Honeywell Forge - IoT ONE Case Study
Technology Category
  • Functional Applications - Warehouse Management Systems (WMS)
  • Robots - Wheeled Robots
Applicable Industries
  • Equipment & Machinery
  • Telecommunications
Applicable Functions
  • Logistics & Transportation
  • Warehouse & Inventory Management
Use Cases
  • Picking, Sorting & Positioning
  • Track & Trace of Assets
  • System Integration
  • Training
The Challenge
AstraZeneca, a global biopharmaceutical business, was faced with the challenge of complying with an increasing number of country-specific regulations that required products to be traceable throughout the supply chain. This necessitated changes in existing warehouse processes and the provision of equipment to warehouse and production staff to efficiently record product movement down to the sales pack. AstraZeneca also aimed to provide inspectors and sales representatives with the means to verify product status directly in the field. A significant concern was the potential impact of a single centralized database on the performance of scanning devices used in the warehouse, with an instantaneous response being a key requirement. Accuracy and the ability to verify material batch quantities against outbound SAP deliveries were also crucial.
The Customer


About The Customer
AstraZeneca is a global biopharmaceutical business primarily focused on the discovery, development, and commercialization of prescription medicines for various medical fields including gastrointestinal, cardiovascular, neuroscience, respiratory and inflammation, oncology, and infectious disease. The company operates in over 100 countries, and its innovative medicines are used by millions of patients worldwide. AstraZeneca needed a solution to comply with growing country-specific regulations requiring product traceability throughout the supply chain.
The Solution
AstraZeneca chose Honeywell Forge as the solution due to its clear GUI, ability to process data offline, and standard SAP connectors. The Honeywell Forge Track & Trace solution was used to equip warehouse and production staff with handheld scanners connected to a central SAP Track & Trace system hosted by SAP in the SAP Enterprise Cloud. The solution was also deployed on picking tables used to scan multiple codes, forklift terminals, and Android and iOS mobile devices used by field inspectors to verify product status and master data. Honeywell Forge Track & Trace was selected for its suitability for a mission-critical operation involving a variety of mobile scanning devices, its out-of-the-box integration with SAP Track & Trace and SAP WM/MM, rapid development, and secure support for third-party devices.
Operational Impact
  • The implementation of Honeywell Forge Track & Trace has been a great success for AstraZeneca. The solution provided a simple and robust operator interface that allowed the company to confidently utilize a single global Track & Trace platform without the risk of scanning latency. The fact that the solution allowed offline operation and supported multiple scanning devices and languages gave AstraZeneca the flexibility and adaptability needed to make the entire program a success. The solution has not only helped AstraZeneca meet compliance deadlines in various countries but also prepared the company for new legislations.
Quantitative Benefit
  • The Honeywell Forge Track & Trace solution has been successfully rolled out across 75% of AstraZeneca's global network.
  • The solution has enabled AstraZeneca to meet compliance deadlines in China, Korea, and Brazil.
  • The solution has provided enabling capability for many new legislations through 2016/18.

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