Leopold Fiebig GmbH & Co. KG focuses on high security standards
Much to everyone's regret, every season brings various symptoms and illnesses. Whether it is a harmless cold, a virus or in the worst-case, a chronic ailment, a visit to the pharmacy is essential and routine. These days it is taken for granted that all medication is either in stock or available within a very short time. State-of-the-art logistics now ensure speed, efficiency and accuracy, saving lives in an emergency.
One of the most innovative pharmaceutical distributors in Europe is Leopold Fiebig GmbH & Co. KG based in Rheinstetten near Karlsruhe/Germany. Established in 1898, this solid mid-sized company has made a name for itself over the decades among pharmacists nationwide thanks to consistently optimising workflows, its sustainable corporate philosophy and strategic maintenance of long-term customer relationships.
In Rheinstetten, managing directors Gerda Nueckel and Klaus Goerke have set up a state-of-the-art new logistics centre covering a large catchment area. A high-tech facility puts together orders quickly and accurately with automatic, error-free batch documentation. Currently unique within pharmaceutical distribution, this underpins the company's position.
Comprehensive security measures for the new building with its clear lines and simple practicality were a key aspect for the partners, right from the planning stage. "The entire building features the highest security standards. This reduces the risk of unforeseen events and guarantees reliable, punctual deliveries of goods to our customers."
Back in summer 2005, Leopold Fiebig GmbH & Co. KG contacted primion Technology AG at its Karlsruhe office and asked for a presentation to be given at its headquarters. The planned new building would include a comprehensive access control system featuring visualisation, with the existing time management solution to be migrated to a web-based system. A visit to CeBIT in Hanover preceded this, as did preliminary testing by the HR department at Fiebig. After this, the management wanted to find out more about the prime WebTime and prime WebAccess applications and discuss them in a wider context.
Following a call for tenders, primion Technology AG was awarded the contract to equip the state-of-the-art logistics building in Rheinstetten with products for access control and time recording. Five IDT 8 access controllers and 25 Legic readers in various configurations will now control security at one of the most advanced logistics centres in the pharmaceutical sector. This equipment is managed via primion's prime WebAccess software. As well as benefiting from quality hardware, thanks to TopView from primion the pharmaceutical distributor also has the option of monitoring connections to primary door control and lock systems in strongrooms.
All security-related information for the entire location can be displayed virtually at the touch of a button. The status of all monitored doors and gates on the company's premises can be seen at a glance. Alarm management reports any incident immediately and shows the position, facilitating an instant response.
Another reason for choosing primion was the option of migrating existing time management software to a web-based system. With prime WebTime from primion and the DT 400 time recording terminal on the hardware side, this demanding challenge was mastered. Rolling out a LEGIC card featuring the company's logo provides options for other future applications in addition to time recording and access rights.
"We chose primion because the software's modular structure and the web-based solution seemed highly oriented to future needs," says Fiebig's works manager and engineer Jürgen Dussel. The project manager adds that "The price-to-performance ratio and proximity of primion's Karlsruhe office were also a factor."
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