CENIBRA was the big winner of the Impact Awards 2019, promoted annually by ASUG Brazil (Brazilian Association of SAP System Users), for SAP/Integration projects conducted in 2018 and 2019. The company submitted the case “Application of Forest 4.0 concept in forest harvesting”.


The Impact Awards 2019 awarding ceremony took place at the 22nd Annual ASUG Brazil Conference on April 9. The IMPACT AWARDS is recognized as the largest SAP ecosystem awarding event.


CENIBRA has stood out in this Award in three opportunities: it was ranked three with the GPF Project and second with the Measurement Automation Project in 2012 and 2017, respectively, and now first in 2019.


The case study proposes a systemic solution applicable to CENIBRA’s forest harvesting and based on Forest 4.0 concepts supported by IoT (Internet of Things), telemetry, cloud, big data, analytics, and satellite communication. The ultimate goal is to improve the transmission of production and forest machinery (harvester and forwarder) operating data through automatic integration of such data into the company’s ERP (Enterprise Resource Planning) SAP ECC.


The design of this solution included steps such as the development of a concept test to demonstrate the resulting gains and justify the investment, installation of data retrieval and transmission devices, operating team training, development of interfaces with the data receiving system, and solution implementation in an operational setting. The outcome was exceptional: in addition to qualitative gains such as on-line machine monitoring and fast maintenance, the POC brought a number of advantages, including higher equipment productivity, reduction of operating motor time by more than 20,000 hours per year, increasing operating efficiency, and a significant drop in data typing time.


The project was carried out by a dedicated, integrated team with members from the Telecommunication and Information Technology, Forest Harvesting, and Forestry Equipment Development and Maintenance departments, as well as participants from the company TIMBER Forest.


The test results point to an imminent possibility of improving harvesting operations through the application of a number of technologies, all of them related to the Fourth Industrial Revolution concepts. This strengthens the view that merging the physical, digital, and biological worlds will take different industries to a new level. And the described example provides strong evidence of such a statement.


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