Entitys enables us to increase plant availability while reducing spare parts and process costs. In addition, we are faster in master data creation and this with a much better data quality.

Marten Pawlowski – Central Technology Engineering E / A

About the customer

Its core technological competences include the production of seamless hot-rolled steel tubes. Vallourec produces a wide range of products for various applications in industry. Premium tubes for particularly demanding projects or standard products of unbeatable quality are complemented by digital services and customized services for the entire value chain of customers and their global projects.


Cost reduction and productivity initiatives are based on analyzable data. A higher degree of digital and automated processes can only be implemented with up-to-date, reliable and valid data. The transformation of legacy data in the required data quality, presented maintenance and purchasing with the question of the best approach, the necessary systems and the required resources.

entitys solutions

The existing master data was brought up to the required quality. The result was a new classification structure, harmonized short and long texts, article master data that can be evaluated according to technical characteristics, and templates for describing spare parts. The new creation process is carried out via entitys – a SaaS MDM system – which is linked to SAP. In the system, applicants are guided through the creation process. Class suggestions, plausibility checks and value lists are directly available. A full-text search, as used in major search engines, is available to every Vallourec employee. In addition, the article master can be filtered according to technical characteristics. With the data hub, external partners are also granted access to the article master. Compliance and security are guaranteed by a role concept.

Business Impact

More effective strategic supplier management based on the data. Volume bundling, through better spend analyses. Reduction of process costs through fast spare parts finding and automated procurement processes. Avoid cash-out and reduce tied-up capital and inventory through high visibility of spares across sites. Reduction of iteration and demand efforts when creating new master data. A high degree of flexibility and lived network thinking, due to the high accessibility of external partners.

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