Successful digitalization partners for Industry 4.0

The management consultancy NEONEX and the software manufacturer Fabasoft Approve are supporting the world's leading pump and valve manufacturer KSB in its digital transformation. In order to optimally serve customers, the pilot plant in Pegnitz (Germany) is being transformed into a smart factory with various use cases for digitalization. One result of the successful collaboration is the automation of documentation processes, which saves 7,700 working hours a year at the site.

With the support of NEONEX, KSB was faced with the task of identifying and prioritizing the most important business processes and starting their transformation. Fabasoft Approve was commissioned with the digitalization of documentation management (digital control of supplier, quality and customer documentation) within the Group.

Networking along the value chain

The challenge was to make the administrative processes, which internal and external parties along KSB's value chain handled with enormous manual effort, more transparent and efficient and to partially automate them.

"Thanks to NEONEX's advice and expertise in designing the processes and data structures with a focus on efficiency and effectiveness, it was possible to turn the use cases into digital workflows in a short space of time. The resources saved as a result are now available at KSB for other value-adding activities," explains Andreas Dangl, Managing Director of Fabasoft Approve GmbH.

Smart factories around the world

As KSB's goal from the outset was a globally digital and holistic transformation, NEONEX involved all stakeholders in the project from the outset through cross-plant coordination. This involvement is an important success factor for a successful international roll-out. "It also helps a lot that the colleagues from Fabasoft Approve are very competent, solution-oriented and pragmatic - always with the aim of implementing the best process for KSB. Fabasoft Approve is a very good and reliable partner for the successful and rapid implementation of these use cases," says Jochen Leppert, Senior Partner at NEONEX.

Detailed information can be found in the case study "NEONEX & Fabasoft Approve: KSB | Transformation to the digital factory"

"With Approve, we can process complex special documentation in a transparent, effective and user-friendly way. Complex inspection and approval procedures are handled reliably and comprehensibly in one platform."
"By using Approve to create test plans and check test certificates, KSB saves 3,200 working hours a year in the pilot plant, which can now be used for other activities."
"Fabasoft Approve lives agile development. This is the basis for ensuring that the end result really does meet the users' requirements."

About KSB

With sales of around 2.6 billion euros, the KSB Group is one of the leading suppliers of high-quality pumps, valves and associated systems and is represented on all continents with its own sales companies, production facilities and service operations. KSB employs more than 15,000 people.

About Fabasoft Approve

Fabasoft Approve GmbH is a European software provider for technical data and document management in industry. The digitalization company focuses on use cases in quality management, technical documentation and transmission management. Numerous major international companies from the mechanical and plant engineering sector rely on the cloud-based product Approve on Fabasoft PROCECO as a "single source of truth" in their digitalization strategy. Fabasoft Approve GmbH is part of the Fabasoft Group, with a total turnover of around 69 million euros in the 2022/2023 financial year and 451 employees on the reporting date.


NEONEX is an implementation-oriented management consultancy with the aim of holistically improving the performance of manufacturing companies through the digitalization and automation of factories and supply chains, thus ensuring the competitiveness of companies. In addition to setting up optimally networked processes, a success factor of the activity is to support and ensure the necessary change process for customers with extensive experience.

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